Tal Bachman keeps his roots

Sunday, April 18, 1999


Ottawa Sun

Tal Bachman

The children of the '60s were determined to not follow in their father's footsteps. But the children of those children have no such qualms.

From Sean and Julian Lennon to Adam Cohen and Jakob Dylan, the offspring of rock 'n' roll royalty are coming into their own.

Enter Vancouver's Tal Bachman, son of CanCon legend Randy Bachman (Guess Who, BTO), who's prepared to take care of the family business. With his debut CD just hitting the stands, Bachman's already got a head start with his music featured on Dawson's Creek, Charmed, NYPD Blue promos and an upcoming Melrose Place.

But the former philosophy major doesn't really need the TV exposure. His hook-laden, '70s-era retro power pop should be able to reel in the fans all on its own.

While adamantly refusing to break any new ground, Bachman's new "classic" rock sound is undeniably catchy, occasionally epic and jam-packed with potential hit singles, particularly the slow-building power ballad I Wonder, the Beatlesesque Beside You and She's So High which mixes his falsetto with long-missed Gowan-style dramatics.

It may sound cheesy, but at least it's vintage cheese.