Agent Provocateur

Agent Provocateur

by ForeignerForeigner


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It took Foreigner three years to release a follow-up to its 1981 blockbuster, 4. Perhaps that wait wasn't long enough, because Agent Provocateur is a prime example of the best and worst traits of AOR: a handful of remarkable songs padded by toothless filler. Despite contributing a few killer riffs to Foreigner's '70s canon, guitarist/keyboardist Mick Jones isn't known for his six-string abilities. His biggest strength is his knack for melody as a songwriter, keyboardist, and producer, and all these qualities are evident on Agent Provocateur. Of course, vocalist/songwriter Lou Gramm is indispensable as the band's golden-throated frontman. Jones largely guided things behind the studio console, but a co-producer usually helped, such as Alex Sadkin on this album. "I Want to Know What Love Is" became Foreigner's first and only number one single, and it's not hard to see why. Its dreamy, hypnotic feel is due in part to Gramm's soulful lead vocals and the New Jersey Mass Choir's background vocals. Jennifer Holliday and the Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey help out as well. "That Was Yesterday," a terrific hit single, features a catchy chorus and a nifty synthesizer lick. "Reaction to Action" and "Down on Love" were both minor hits, but there's a huge difference in quality between the two; the former is the epitome of bland, formulaic AOR, while the latter includes a pleasant chorus and a warm keyboard melody. "A Love in Vain" and "Growing Up the Hard Way" have a few good moments too.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/1995
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678279621
catalogNumber: 82796


  1. Tooth and Nail
  2. That Was Yesterday
  3. I Want to Know What Love Is
  4. Growing up the Hard Way
  5. Reaction to Action
  6. Stranger in My Own House
  7. A Love in Vain
  8. Down on Love
  9. Two Different Worlds
  10. She's Too Tough

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Foreigner   Primary Artist
Wally Badarou   Synthesizer,Analogue Synthesizer
Lou Gramm   Percussion,Vocals
Jennifer Holliday   Vocals
Mick Jones   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Ian Lloyd   Vocals,Background Vocals
New Jersey Mass Choir of the GMWA   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Tom Bailey   Vocals
Brian Eddolls   Synthesizer
Dennis Elliott   Drums,Vocals
Larry Fast   Synthesizer
Don Harper   Vocals
Dave Lebolt   Synthesizer
Bob Mayo   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Mark Rivera   Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jack Waldman   Synthesizer
Rick Wills   Bass,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Wally Badarou   Digital Synthesizer
Lou Gramm   Composer
Jennifer Holliday   Contributor
Mick Jones   Composer,Producer
Josh Abbey   Engineer
Larry Alexander   Engineer
Tom Bailey   Contributor
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Frank Filipetti   Engineer,Contributor
Don Harper   Contributor
Howie Lindeman   Engineer
Gordon Payne   Composer
Alex Sadkin   Producer
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Don White   Composer

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