TERRY DRAPER, “Are We Alone”
Terry Draper has had a storied career as drummer and songwriter for the much-revered Canadian trio Klaatu (“Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft”, also a Top 20 hit for The Carpenters, which I remember seeing Terry perform acoustically at a local show about 10 years ago), and they were at one time was speculated to be a reunited Beatles. The group recorded several highly praised albums and Terry has consistently made music as a solo artist over the years. His latest album is “The Other Side”, full of imaginative and well-produced songs, among the 13 a surprising calypso/reggae-tinged tune called “Island Time” which features another long-time and still active Canadian singer, Keith Hampshire (who had a #1 Canadian hit with his version of “The First Cut Is The Deepest”). “Are We Alone” however is the standout, a dreamy, retrotastic, wondrous song about space travel. “Are We Alone” will appeal to those who enjoy the music of The Beatles, Alan Parsons, Al Stewart, or early Chris de Burgh. It might seem like an anomaly of sorts but Terry’s fresh and enthusiastic spin on the subject (check out its cool video, above) makes it a refreshing five minutes that goes by quickly.