Once again, I'm going through the racks and rediscovering old acquisitions that have been collecting dust.
1989's All Is Forgiven was the debut album by the band Siren, an effort that went unnoticed by most.
Even though listeners may not have discovered the band, the courts did, forcing the band to change their name to "Red Siren” after the debut album’s release (the name "Siren" had already been claimed by another group.)
A big reason I bought this album way back in the early 90’s was the fact that this was the first album that was digitally recorded (directly mastered to a hard drive)-up until then, recording was done in analog and digitally mastered after the fact.
Did that make it sound better?
Probably not, but it seemed really cool at the time.
While the cover artwork suggested a progressive rock album, and the band photo looked eighties metal, Siren's sound fell into the mainstream (think Heart).
There are a lot of similarities to artists like Private Life and Robin Beck; singer Kristen Massey's vocals fall somewhere in the realm inhabited by Stevie Nicks and Belinda Carlisle.
Listening to it now, this album has a dated sound-it's a solid pop/rock album, with some very good moments, but not a lot to make the band stand out from the pack.
Massey has a decent voice, the songs are good, but typical of that era and nothing remarkable. I am glad to have had an excuse to play the disc again, but it will probably be the next time I realphabetize before I think to listen to it again.
Out of print, and not worth paying a collectible price for, but for fans of 80’s rock, pick it up if you see it at a discount price.