Dion - Yo Frankie

Published Friday 9th May 2008
Dion - Yo Frankie
Dion - Yo Frankie

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 23732-11301
LABEL: Arista

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

From his days as a teen idol pumping out songs like "The Wanderer" and "Runaround Sue" to his most recent projects which explore Country and Blues, there has been one constant. His voice is always amazing! In the late seventies, Dion became a Christian and recorded a number of CCM projects that expressed his faith. When his career hit the doldrums, he pulled out all the stops, recruited a collection of A list friends and in 1989 recorded this comeback album. With contributions from Dave Edmunds, who also produced, and with special guests Bryan Adams, K.D. Lang, Lou Reed, Paul Simon and Patty Smith, you know this is going to be something special! And it is! Songs like the title track, "Written On The Subway Wall" and "King Of The New York Streets" hark back to his days lyrically and musically growing up in the Bronx and his early success with The Belmonts. Elsewhere, there's the romantic pop rock of "And The Night Stood Still" which has always been a favourite of mine. "Drive All Night" was written and produced by Bryan Adams and has that Adams rocking twang. The album closes with the beautiful worship ballad "Serenade" just snuck in there at the end. This is a much underated gem of an album.

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