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Album Review

The heart of Ambrosia's soft rock success was found in two major arteries: super-polished, smooth productions easily accessible for the top of the pop charts, and the songwriting skill and vocals of lead singer David Pack. After nearly a two-decade sabbatical from releasing any new material, Pack returns with an arsenal of '70s arena rock all-stars making guest cameos: Ann Wilson, Timothy B. Schmidt, and Steve Perry all make guest appearances to accentuate songs that are predictably light and accessible. But these guest contributions only help already well-written and performed songs ascend to a level of quality that Ambrosia fans have come to expect. Enlisting the dynamic smooth jazz duo of Russ Freeman and David Benoit for arrangements and production helps out at points, and traces of their two collaborative projects find their way into The Secret of Movin' On. But the album is certainly not without fault. A re-recording of "Biggest Part of Me" and a hideous remake of "You're the Only Woman" are nowhere near as good as the originals and only serve as a reminder of how good Ambrosia truly was, especially in comparison to this coffeehouse fodder (double irony points for a re-recording of a song that includes the lyric "You can't go back and change the way things are"). And the duet on "A Brand New Start" needs less Pack and a lot more Steve Perry, who only provides glimpses and traces of vocal contributions in the background. It's an above-average adult contemporary album from an artist finding his way back to the top of the soft rock heap.

Customer Reviews

What a Terrific Album! Can't Miss With This One.

If you enjoyed David's work with Ambrosia, you'll love this CD. David's one of the most talented singer/songwriters working today. It's great to hear his voice and arrangements again. Hopefully, this is the first of many albums to come. Thanks David, and welcome back to the spotlight you deserve to be in.

STEVE PERRY!!!!

im so happy to hear steve perry again. i recommend this to all steve fans. a brand new start is

Nice

Pack does a nice job here of a easy-going jazz/pop feel here, with some of the big voices of yesteryear. The title cut, with Ann Wilson of Heart is a warm cut with a good lyric and a backing vocal track that could only come from these two working together. "A Brand New Start" could be more than a title for Steve Perry, though his voice is only hinted at until the last half of the cut - good to hear his signature sound is still as smooth as ever! Pack also re-covers his two biggest hits with Ambrosia, "Biggest Part of Me" and "You're the Only Woman", the latter being helped out by Russ Freeman. Both cuts are more contemporary jazz influenced, and Pack's voice is more matured and controlled, and he can still hit his own signature falsettos with style. I took one star because personally, I didn't take a liking to some of the lyrics which are of the standard broken relationship theme that Pack is known for. The music is so positive, the lyrics seem to bring a different feel that for me, clashed. For Pack fans, it's worth the trip. If you enjoyed the Ambrosia cuts from long ago, you might find this album a nice evolution from those days, and appreciate a musician who is still doing well.

Biography

Born: July 15, 1952 in Huntington Park, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Before he embarked on a solo career, David Pack was firmly entrenched in the core of the soft rock movement of the mid-'70s into the early '80s as the lead singer for Ambrosia. His first solo endeavor in 1985 spawned the hit "I Just Can't Let Go," which featured guest-vocal turns from James Ingram and Michael McDonald. After close to two decades behind the scenes producing and writing songs for other artists, he returned to performing with 2004's Unborn. His 2005 effort, The Secret of Movin' On,...
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