Best known as the singer for the early-'70s New York-based band Stories (who specialized in rock & roll and soul sounds, as evidenced by their lone smash hit, "Brother Louie") and as a backup singer for Foreigner during their heyday, Ian Lloyd issued his first solo release in 12 years in 2009, In the Land of O-de-Po. Interestingly, the music contained on the album bears absolutely no resemblance to the two primary acts that Lloyd was associated with, as it features an unmistakable modern/electronic rock edge, cases in point being such tracks as the groovy "O-de-Po" and the electro beats of "Hi2Fly," while "City of Dreams" can be best described as modern-day Yes. And wouldn't you know it -- Lloyd just couldn't resist re-recording "Brother Louie," which incorporates the same sounds/approaches as the aforementioned tunes. Fans expecting Lloyd to resuscitate the classic rock sounds of his work from the 1970s are in for quite a surprise with In the Land of O-de-Po.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato