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Artist: Urban Tale

Title: Urban Tale

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Category: AOR

Year: 2001

Label: Frontiers Records

Catalog Number: FRCD 084


Kimmo Blom vocals
Erkka Korhonen electric and acoustic guitars
Tuomo Kovalainen bass, bass synth
Timo Pudas piano, keyboards, programming
Kari Valimaki drums, percussion


1.  The Devil in Me{5:06}  
2.  Passion Takes Over  3:43
3.  Circus  5:13
4.  King of Hearts  3:42
5.  One Day (I'll Make You Mine)  4:42
6.  Runaway Train  4:57
7.  Engine  5:00
8.  Broken Chains  5:02
9.  On the Edge  4:01
10.  Doris Day  4:27
11.  Water  4:09
12.  House Of Blues  5:20
13.  Hold On Japanese bonus track  3:40
Total Running Time:  53:56

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From: Jez Date: January 29, 2003 at 8:42
Mega debut cd from the Finnish band. Similar in places to Journey, Toto also with a slight progressive twist ala Asia/ Saga. One of the top debut albums in recent years and a definate must have for the collection.

From: freddy de keyze Date: February 6, 2003 at 8:37
Good record, but certainly not classic stuff. And where are the people asking if this isn't manipulated. Ten votes, ten votes ten ! Strange, and then there are people that dare to accuse me! Hmm . . .

From: Rycheage Date: July 3, 2003 at 16:36
Simple. All Journey and Steve Perry fans need this album now. This album is a smooth, soft-rocking, pure AOR monster. Urban Tale are the smoothest group of musicians to pass me by in a very long time! Their singer is clearly Steve Perry's long lost brother. Just superb. This is very soft easy going AOR, just as both Steve Perry's solo records have been. The big surprise is that this matches the quality of those releases and could easily have been a major label release in any era 1985 or now.

From: ROB GARCIA Date: January 31, 2004 at 13:35

From: Max Date: May 3, 2004 at 2:49
One Day7 has to be one of the best pwoer ballads ever. Like Andrew says in his review of this at www.melodicrock.com, if this would have been released to radio in the mid 80's, it would had been a worldwide smash hit. King of hearts is also fantastic.

From: AOR freaky Date: May 3, 2004 at 5:03
Not bad at all, but overrated I think !

From: he freaks me Date: May 3, 2004 at 12:36
' Not bad at all, but overrated ' ..... hey nice self-description dear Freddy

From: TIM (2) Date: August 3, 2004 at 4:37
With so few pure AOR albums being released anymore it's no wonder that most people from this community latch onto any release in this genre. Even now bands like Jaded Heart and Frontline have abandoned their AOR roots it's left to the Scandi's to come up with the goods, and this a top class debut. Great melodies and choruses within these keyboard-driven tracks make this one prety essential. 'King of Hearts' and 'One Day' are the highlights, but consistency is high. 8.5/10.

From: Geoff Date: August 26, 2004 at 8:49
Hey Tim (2) - sorry buddy, I don't really think Jaded Heart or Frontline have abandoned thier roots at all. To me, they're the two best bands of music today (off the top of my head) and get better as time goes on. They've always played melodic hard rock, just play it better now. Unfortunately for this one I might draw critisism, but I actually hated this one too (sorry Wotty!). I really dislike the songwriting style and was very unhappy I paid full price for it. IMO, this is bad AOR - IMO!

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From: Jez Date: August 26, 2004 at 9:10
Geoff-This is definately my fave AOR cd of the last few years, as i said in my first post. I play this all the time, Love Kimmo' s voice, love the songs and the arrangements, and 'One Day' is one of the most impressive ballads i've heard in a long time.

From: z4roxx Date: February 13, 2005 at 0:25
I can understand why there are so different point of views about this band.If you like Journey you love these guys but...if you don't like so much Journey you can consider this a decent,average or also bad disc indeed.I never liked Journey so much(except last 2 cd,not all anyway!)but I must say that I quite appreciate this Urban Tale debut,some songs contains really amazing tunes,IMO.Their second release is forgettable and very very average....

From: oliver Date: February 13, 2005 at 4:25
well said, the 2nd release is a very average one. but this one is excellent, full of brilliant songs and catchy melodies. a must have. 8,5/10

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From: Jez Date: September 17, 2005 at 7:32
Just a quick addition to this. If you love this disc as much as I do, then try to snag the Jap version with the bonus track 'Hold On' which is a brilliant track, very reminiscent of Toto. The perfect album just got better (if that's possible). Complete heaven on a 5' disc.

From: lost-soul Date: August 10, 2008 at 14:55
One of my favourite AOR albums. Really impressed by the guitarwork of mr.Erkka Korhonen (listen to the "runaway train" solo!!!) It's such a shame he's no longer a part the band. Anyway, I can guarantee to anyone that enjoys AOR that this album is a jewel. 95/100

From: BDrums1971 Date: November 21, 2009 at 21:52
This is ok, but not classic. Either of Steve Perry's solo cd's blows this away. The sound here seems somewhat disjointed to me. And, like many, many newer AOR/melodic rock acts, I feel a big lack of feeling. And by that, I mean...where is the groove? If you are a musician you will know what I am talking about. It's in the songwriting as well as the playing. Give it some feeling....some groove. I feel the same thing with the newer Journey releases, too. You want groove, pop in Raised On Radio. Good groove, good feeling.

From: BDrums1971 Date: November 21, 2009 at 21:54
There's more to music than just playing the right notes.

From: playhogan Date: August 31, 2014 at 21:04
Sorry folks but this AOR release is lacking a very important element. ROCK! I find this release dull and boring. Is the self titled Heartplay like this or does it rock?

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