Geneva - 'Temptation'

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Geneva - 'Temptation'

All six songs are prime-time, classic AOR built around the likeable smooth vocals and skilful guitar prowess of Steve Moody.

A new labour of love by two respected journalists, Steelheart Records has been formed by Italian Primo Bonali and UK AOR expert Rob Evans to showcase all those unknown or half-remembered US-influenced UK acts of the eighties who followed in the footsteps of FM, Strangeways and Shy, but never really made it beyond Derek Oliver's Wimpwire column. Mostly these releases are collections of singles and demos and are limited to five hundred copies, with few of these bands making it to the full album stage. These first four releases in 'The Lost UK Jewels Collectors Series' are in alphabetic order only and throw up some interesting questions about why some bands were picked up by labels and others weren't.

Canterbury-based quintet Geneva (Vol.3) were formed in the mid-80s, releasing a three-track cassette in 1987 and three other tracks on the 'Temptation' twelve-inch single a year later. All six songs are prime-time, classic AOR built around the likeable smooth vocals and skilful guitar prowess of Steve Moody, and the appropriately named Tom Organ's sterling keyboard work. From the EP there's the soaring, guitar-driven opener 'Temptation', the punchy AOR tune 'She's Got Everything' and the emotional, keyboard-led ballad 'Everytime', and then there's the catchy demo trio of 'All Over Town', the dramatic 'Liar' and the cleverly-written 'Broken Heart', the latter complete with a superb intro, glorious keys and a false ending. The sound quality of the EP is very good indeed and the demos are certainly no let-down, if a little on the sterile side and with a flat drum sound. Unlike the other bands here, Geneva have already decided to give it another go and two older songs have been given a 2013 re-record, with 'Standing In The Rain' given a more contemporary feel but with an old-school attention to detail applied to the arrangement and instrumentation, whilst the acoustic-based 'Can't Let You Go' is a good ballad with a similar vibe to Dan Reed's recent work. At just eight tracks its a little light on value for money, but there's no filler and a handful of the songs stretch beyond the five minute mark.

Phil Ashcroft

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