Paul Anka

Walk a Fine Line

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On this full-fledged comeback attempt, Paul Anka hooked up with writer/arranger David Foster and writer/singer/keyboard player Michael McDonald, plus the usual complement of high-priced Los Angeles session players (Jeff Porcaro on drums, Nathan East on bass, Steve Lukather on guitar, etc.) The result is a slick, contemporary pop-rock record that sounds like what that team usually sounds like on albums by McDonald, Peter Cetera, Kenny Loggins, etc. There was no reason why one of these bland, widescreen ballads couldn't have become a big radio hit, except, perhaps, that they sounded a little too much like McDonald, Cetera, etc. Somewhere in the creamy productions was the slight voice of Paul Anka, but with all that talent surrounding it, the nominal star was a little hard to hear.

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