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A collection of 14 tracks which have been completely rerecorded with current vocalist Kelly Hansen.

I really expected this album to be the same old, rehashed versions of Foreigners hit ballads being wheeled out just in time for Valentine's Day... oh yes and for their tour with Europe and FM – oh how wrong I was!

This is a collection of 14 tracks (why they've called it The Ballads though, I have no idea!) which have been completely rerecorded with current vocalist Kelly Hansen. Considering Hansen has been in the band for over ten years now, it seemed only fair that this album has been made and gives the band a chance to show the songs as they have been performed live over that time, as opposed to how they were recorded with original vocalist Lou Gramm. The new versions are all stunning, especially the acoustic version of my favourite – 'Feels Like The First Time' which, along with 'Double Vision' were first heard on the 2011 album 'Acoustique'. That said all, of these versions have been available before, just not all together on the one album. Still, it's a great selection and something purists will want to finish off their collections with.

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The special edition digipak will also include a second disc entitled 'An Acoustic Evening With Foreigner' which features another twelve tracks of live bonus material, although only four of the songs – 'Dirty White Boy', 'That's Alright', 'Juke Box Hero' and 'Hot Blooded'), are missing from the initial CD, but I'm sure it'll help get people in the mood for the upcoming tour, if nothing else.

I'm presuming that there will be a few of these songs done in this particular style on the Match/April tour and I'm sure they'll go down a storm, if the crowd reaction is anything like it was on their last UK tour!

Sue Ashcroft

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