Well it seems that Frontiers Records canny knack for unearthing new and fresh Melodic Rock bands remains unabated. BLANC FACES comprises of two brothers Robbie and Brian Le Blanc and if you are a fan of contemporary US Melodic Rockers such FOREIGNER, JOURNEY, BOSTON, TOTO etc, etc then the La Blanc brothers will be right up your street.
Although this will appeal only directly to fans of the above bands BLANC FACES eschew a professionalism, panache and confidence that belies their tender musical age. Their sound is rich and steeped in the glory days of American Rock music. Lead vocalist Robbie really does shine through and could easily fit into any of the duos influences. Their stall is set out immediately with the ridiculously catchy opener ‘’Here’s To You’’ an amalgam of STARSHIP and JOURNEY if ever there was one. In fact the whole album is strewn with musical gems galore and with repeated listens it just gets better and better.
Is this MTV age Melodic Rock stops at SURVIVOR’S ‘’Eye Of The Tiger’’ and that’s your lot. However, as is always the case, bands continue to plough often lonely furrows only to achieve limited but critical success. Unfortunately BLANC FACES maybe some two decades too late to reap the rewards their talent deserves but this is a fantastic, high spirited, superbly produced debut. (Online October 1, 2005)