The Payola$

In a Place Like This

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The first album from Canada's Payolas proved to be both innovative and bold, as lead singer Paul Hyde tackled each song with poise, vigor, and heart. In a Place Like This was different from the guitar-saturated rock and synth-soaked music that was emerging out of Canada in the early '80s from bands like Rush and April Wine. The title track introduced an excitable vocalist with a knack for over-enunciating words, but the quickened tempo partnered with curly guitar hooks gave the Payolas the debut they were looking for. The jubilant sounding "I'm Sorry" was built on a three-tiered chorus and a catchy keyboard background, making for another pleasurable release. The tongue-in-cheek third single entitled "China Boys," loosely aimed at Canada's immigration problem centered around British Colombia (where the band is from ), proved the group was malleable in style and form. On this track, Hyde releases plenty of energy combining witty lyrics with a driving beat. The rest of the album has the band playing an urgent yet refined style of rock & roll, with just enough fire to keep them interesting without going over the top. In a Place Like This is a staid debut album from this fervent Canadian band.

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