Saturday, February 25, 2017

SAINTED SINNERS - Sainted Sinners (2017)

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Featuring vocalist extraordinaire David Reece (ex Accept, Bangalore Choir, Tango Down and most recently fronting Bonfire), "Sainted Sinners" is the rocking debut by SAINTED SINNERS, rounded up by experienced musicians from the hard rock scene such as keyboardist Ferdy Doernberg (Axel Rudi Pell) and guitarist Frank Pane (Bonfire).

As the story goes, after things went sour with Bonfire, Reece was approached by Bonfire guitar player Frank Pane. Frank had a number of songs that he thought was perfect for David‘s vocals and the result is the debut album from Sainted Sinners.
Reece and Pane recruited keyboard player Ferdy Doernberg (Axel Rudi Pell) and the rhythm section from Pane‘s Purpendicular band, on bass Frederick Burkert and on drums Berci Hirleman to complete the lineup and the results are in a word… HUGE.

Simply put, the crux of Sainted Sinners is the pureness of rock’n’roll, this’s the real essence of their self-titled debut album. If you enjoy Deep Purple, UFO, Dio-Rainbow and vintage Whitesnake then make sure you pick your copy of Sainted Sinners now.

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From the opening chords of “Knight Of The Long Knives”, the tone of the album is set in stone. Big guitars, magic keyboards, and Reece‘s unmistakable, soaring vocals take you back to a time when blues was the biggest influence in hard rock.

“Beauty In The Beast”, “Maybe She’s Got Balls” (could have been on Whitesnake‘s Slide It In) and “We’re All Sainted Sinners” all continue with that high energy riffing bluesy hard rock.
This Sainted Sinners debut really needs to be available on vinyl and preferably with a record sleeve all worn looking to give it that vintage look that the music feels like.
“In Need”, the 8th track on the album takes a turn into ZZ Top territory with Reece‘s vocal delivery morphing into a Texas drawl. With some insane guitar work, this is a brilliant and fun tune.

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“Evangeline” is probably my favorite track on the album, pumping with energy and a vocal melody to die for, this one needs to be a single. On second thought, “Shine Diamond Girl” might just make a better single.
Oh hell just buy the whole album and enjoy it in its entirety like we did in the 70s and 80s when we bought Burn and Slide It In. Let’s just say that I will be very surprised if "Sainted Sinners" doesn’t end up on my Top 10 of 2017.

01. Knight Of The Long Knives
02. Beauty In The Beast
03. Maybe She's Got Balls
04. We Are All Sainted Sinners
05. Blue Lightning Man
06. The Love That I Have Found
07. Did You
08. In Need
09. Evangeline
10. Shine Diamond Girl
11. Truth Is A Lie

David Reece - Vocals
Frank Pane - Guitars
Ferdy Doernberg - Keyboards
Frederik Burkert - Bass
Berci Hirleman - Drums



BOBBY KIMBALL - Mysterious Sessions (2017)

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Cleopatra Records has just released a Toto's vocalist BOBBY KIMBALL new album titled "Mysterious Sessions". In fact, these are not mysterious at all, as most the songs appeared years ago in some tribute albums, etc.
But it's a very cool compilation to have all these Kimball performances (some really have to find) into one single CD, plus, there's an unreleased Bobby Kimball cover of Level 42’s classic 'Something About You'.

Apart from the covers of famous songs by bands such as Aerosmith, Journey, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and more, we have Kimball’s unique take on 3 Toto megahits, including "Hold the Line" & "Rosanna", recorded with an updated sound.

Alongside Kimball covering these songs there's super musicians such as Mike Porcaro (Toto), Billy Sherwood (Yes), Patrick Moraz (The Moody Blues), Tony Kaye (Yes), Alan White (Yes), Derek Sherinian (ex Dream Theater), progressive legends Nektar and many more.

As said, results very nice to have all these Bobby Kimball performances into one CD, being sold at a very reasonable price. It has been written many times; Kimball may be singing the phone book and still would be interesting to hear.
Ah, and I love the album arwork.

01 - Hold the Line
02 - Have a Cigar (feat. B. Kulick, M. Porcaro & Greg Bissonette)
03 - Get Back (feat. Tony Kaye & Alan White)
04 - I'm Not in Love
05 - Who's Crying Now (feat. Billy Sherwood)
06 - Africa (feat. Nektar & Patrick Moraz)
07 - Give a Little Bit
08 - The Dance (feat. Gary Griffin)
09 - What It Takes (feat. Mike Porcaro & Derek Sherinian)
10 - Something About You
11 - Please Come Home for Christmas
12 - Rosanna



AXXIS - Retrolution (2017)

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Near to celebrate their 30th Anniversary, cult German rockers AXXIS are releasing a new album: "Retrolution". The idea behind the album title is a wordplay on retro and revolution, bringing the old school influences back with a modern twist, but done the AXXIS way...
The band have been around for nigh on three decades, varying their musical styles here and there, but never loosing their true sound. The roots of AXXIS have been firmly planted, and their loyalty to the fans is second to none.

Classic melodic metal always has been the core of AXXIS' music, spiced with hard rock groove and melodic choruses.
However, "Retrolution" is mostly inspired by traditional hard rock - now often called 'classic rock' by general music press. The 13 tracks have their own identities and in someway, depict different historical rock sounds and eras. I can hear some Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin in some tunes and some '80s hard rock sounds in others.
Some of the tracks almost transport me back to a certain point in my life just with the atmosphere the song projects.

It's the two main men Bernhard Weiss and keyboarder Harry Öllers that are mainly responsible for the band's sound, a mixture of strong vocal lines and great keyboard sounds, but also guitar and riffs doesn't get too short.
In fact, the band are presenting a new guitar player on this record, Stefan Weber. I can honestly say that he's a massive asset to the band, an absolute powerhouse six-string player. I’m not sure how to define his style, but he' the perfect blend of riff orientated, groove, power and outstanding leads.

In general, AXXIS songs are based on a positive vibe. I don't want to use the term 'happy metal', but these tracks can turn dark days into a sunny time. This is what we know from their earlier albums and it's also "Retrolution"s biggest strength.
Talking about the title - it is gambling with words, since there is 'retrospective' included as well as 'revolution', both terms describing the current situation in metal with e.g. a revitalisation of vinyl that takes place right now. So, this is for sure 'retro', but for the CD / mp3 generation it's a kind of 'revolution' too.

The five-piece from North Rhine-Westphalia starts the record with “Burn! Burn! Burn!” which is a moderate paced melodic metal tune built of a strong bassline and a cool groove. “All My Friends are Liars” is the next tune and it comes with all Axxis trademarks. Great hooks, meet a well-done melody and rocking guitars, things that also are the foundation for “Dream Chaser”.

Bernhard Weiss and his gang unveil their classy origins with uptempo smashers like ”Rock the Night Away”, a hard rocker full of fire with a very '80s feel.
To round of the entire spectra of AXXIS music the band added a ballad called “Queen of the Wind”, not too slow, more a midtempo rocker crafted in the way many Germans bands did in the past (read early '80s Scorpions).

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All in all I must say that this longplayer contains everything you want to hear from a classic hard rock band inspired by the glorious eras.
AXXIS is in business since many years and they are still burning for what they are doing – classic stuff that’s catchy and heavy.
"Retrolution", song-wise and in terms of sound it's more of a back to the roots, but without repeating themselves. I guess the easy way of explaining the album is: 'a solid ball of rock'.
Great band, great album, great passion.
HIGHLY Recommended

01 - Burn! Burn! Burn!
02 - All My Friends Are Liars
03 - Dream Chaser
04 - Burn Down Your House
05 - Rock the Night
06 - The World Is Mine
07 - Do It Better
08 - Queen of the Wind
09 - Seven Devils
10 - This Is My Day
11 - Somebody Died at the Party
12 - Heavy Metal Brother
13 - Welcome to My Nightmare

Bernhard Weiss (vocals, guitar)
Stefan "Stürmer" Weber (guitar)
Harry Öllers (keyboards)
Rob Schomaker (bass)
Dirk Brand (drums)



STAMINA - System Of Power (2017)

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Italian melodic progressive metal band STAMINA is the brainchild of guitarist, songwriter and producer Luca Sellitto. And since their inception, their idea has been to create powerful music across the Hard Rock, Power Metal and Prog Rock genres. "System Of Power" is Stamina's third full release and features a host of guest musicians including the great Göran Edman, Henrik Brockmann (ex Royal Hunt, Evil Masquerade) and Nils Molin (Dynazty), among others.

Something of a musical signature to Stamina is the tandem playfulness between guitars and keyboards, with generous solos to be found between each, in most every song. Alessandro Granato sings clean and strong, yet always in control.
The new album kicks off with "Holding On" a melodic power / prog metal of a tune filled with soaring vocals ala TNT's Tony Harnell and fleet fingered neo classical guitar runs.
A tune like "Love Was Never Meant To Be" allows the band to stretch out a bit and flex their collective technical muscles and show their progressive side.

"Must Be Blind" is a straight ahead metal pounder with a gritty staccato riff and "One In A Million" will suck you in with its catchy chorus and punch, featuring Göran Edman on backing vocals.
"Portrait Of Beauty" capture your attention by starting with pleasing drum work paired with something akin to an old school Hammond organ sound that I like alot.

Perhaps the only lighter and reserved song is Undergo (Black Moon Pt. 2). Something of anthem, it offers classical acoustic guitar at the start, then combined with light synths, and Granato's voice lighting above each. Eventually the arrangement rises in crescendo with bigger riffs, larger drums, swelling orchestration, and a huge guitar solo.

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Overall, "System Of Power" is a very solid album that will hopefully bring more attention to Stamina, as it’s a great blend of melodic progressive metal, power, and classic metal with some excellent musicianship, great vocals, and consistently strong songwriting.
Highly recommended for metal and prog fans who prefer the more melodic side of the genre.

01 - Holding On
02 - Must Be Blind
03 - One in a Million
04 - Undergo (Black Moon Pt. 2)
05 - Love Was Never Meant to Be
06 - System of Power
07 - Why
08 - Portrait of Beauty

Luca Sellitto (guitar)
Alessandro Granato (vocals)
Andrea Barone (keyboards)
Mario Urciuoli (bass)
Andrea Stipa (drums)
Göran Edman (Yngwie et all)
Nils Molin (Dynazty)
Henrik Brockmann (ex Royal Hunt, Evil Masquerade)
Kenny Lubcke (Royal Hunt)



Friday, February 24, 2017

COASTLAND RIDE - Distance (2017)

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Swedish AOR act COASTLAND RIDE and German record label Avenue Of Allies continue their partnership with the release of the band’s third album “Distance” on March 10th, 2017.
Originally a studio project, almost 20 years after the foundation stone for the band was laid, Coastland Ride made their live debut as a six-piece band on the 2016 edition of Rock Weekend AOR in Stockholm in front of an absolutely delighted audience.

Few days ago, Coastaland Ride celebrated the release of the digital single 'Winds' and the upcoming release of their brand new album with a concert in their hometown and with the new set of songs under their belt, the guys are ready to enter the stage again and fly the flag of classy AOR from Sweden.

Delivering perfectly arranged catchy Scandinavian AOR with L.A. Westcoast influences is still the game of the three gentlemen from Sundsvall, who started Coastland Ride back in 1997: Markus Nordenberg (lead & background vocals, keyboards), Anders Rybank (keyboards, guitars, bass, drums & programming, background vocals) and Mikael Bohlin (guitars, keyboards & programming).
However, on this new album I can hear a beefed-up sound.

“Distance” is a highly enjoyable affair kicking off with the hook laden “Winds”, including a guitar solo by Lars Chriss (Lion’s Share).
The lead guitar work of Sven Larsson (Street Talk, Sapphire Eyes, Lionville) is featured on the mid-paced tunes “Saviour”, “Eye Of The Storm” and “Reasons To Try”. Sven can as well be heard on five more tracks, also changing over to the acoustic guitar for a solo on the ballad “Here In My Heart”.

To spice up their sound, the band added some harder rocking guitars on tunes like “Dead For Seven Days”, "Nation Of Grace" and “Princess’ Little Wonderland” and invited their local musical friends, Tomas Lundgren and Hansi Fellbrink of the band Roulette, to add background vocals on “Higher Ground”.

Coastland Ride's motto always has been 'elegance', and they still maintain this characteristic, but now, for their 3rd album “Distance” they have added a welcomed 'edge' to the proceedings.
Having talented Sven Larsson providing almost all the guitar solos (some of them really on fire) is a clear proof of the band intention for a more rocking approach.
If you like you Scandi Melodic Rock / AOR honed with attention to the minimum detail and served with a crisp production, Coastland Ride's new effort is a must to your ears.
HIGHLY Recommended

01. Winds
02. Saviour
03. Love Is on Your Mind
04. Dead for Seven Days
05. Here in My Heart
06. Eye of the Storm
07. Nation of Grace
08. Spotlight Sun
09. Higher Ground
10. Princess Little Wonderland
11. Hardcoded Life
12. Reasons to Try

Markus Nordenberg (lead & background vocals, keyboards)
Mikael Bohlin (guitars, keyboards & programming)
Anders Rybank (keyboards, guitars, bass, drums, background vocals)
Lars Chriss (Lion’s Share) - guitar
Sven Larsson (Sapphire Eyes, Lionville) - guitar
Tomas Lundgren & Hansi Fellbrink (Roulette) - background vocals



STEFANIE - Stefanie (2017)

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And here's comes a great surprise this year; "STEFANIE", the fantastic debut cd from American female singer Stefanie Johnson, yet released by a UK record label. It happens that the woman does classy AOR / melodic rock, a style not so much appreciated by the current US musical industry.

Singing and writing songs since a young girl, Stefanie Johnson hails from the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Her professional musical experience is varied and significant: performing at Allentown's popular Musikfest, appearing in local television station WLVT's Steel Sessions, performing at Nashville's legendary Bluebird Cafe and 12th & Porter, and then on to perform at the Rock and Roll of Fame in 2011.
This year she releases her self-titled debut album, "Stefanie", through England's Escape Music specialized label.

To describe her voice, Stefanie has a bold melodic presence, both strong and smooth. Her style ranges from a classic rock singer to soaring pop diva, and you may hear that American FM AOR waves as well.
Similarly, her music and songwriting style traverse those same motifs. It would be fair to drop her music into the overarching genre of AOR / melodic rock without diminishing either her talent or the depth and breadth of her songs.
Suffice to say, you will be captured by both her voice and her music, equally and exceptionally paired together.

As for the songs, there's simply not a runt in the litter or, stealing a cliche used often in hard rock and heavy metal: it's all killer and no filler.
Certainly, I can say that I liked some songs over others. But considered as a whole, these eleven tracks are beautifully well-crafted and pleasing AOR / melodic rock tunes.
You get some fine rockers with 'All I Know', 'Stranger', 'Master Of Disguise', or the very catchy 'One Life'. Something more akin to '80s pop with a melodic rock envelope comes with 'Everything You Need' with it's playful piano line.

Then you get to hear Stefanie's smoother and softer side, yet wrapped in her powerful vocal presence, with anthems and ballads such as 'Word Man', 'Hello Love', 'The Song I Was Meant To Write' and 'We Will Fight'. Those last two showcase the emotion in her voice and, for you guitar fans, the latter has a killer guitar solo.

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It's pretty much all good. Stefanie Johnson's self-titled debut is an exceptional album of delightful AOR / melodic rock, featuring her immense vocal talent within well-crafted songs and a crisp production.
They do not make albums like this anymore, so if you love that classy late '80s female fronted sound & melodies with an updated touch, "Stefanie" is must.
HIGHLY Recommended

01 - All I Know
02 - Master of Disguise
03 - Stranger
04 - Everything You Need
05 - Word Man
06 - Hello Love
07 - One Life
08 - In My Shoes
09 - The Second Time Around
10 - The Song I Was Meant to Write
11 - We Will Fight

Vocals - Stefanie Johnson
Acoustic Guitar - Paul Franceschini
Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards - Brian J. Anthony
Special Guests:
Guitar - Paul Crook (Meat Loaf), Ken Dubman (Prophet)
Keyboards - Charlie Calv (Shotgun Symphony, Punky Meadows)
Backing Vocals - Hasan Smith, Tonya Price, Shekinah Glory Kee



ASIA - Symfonia, Live In Bulgaria (2017)

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Released by Frontiers Music today, ASIA's "Symfonia, Live In Bulgaria", a live set recorded in 2013, will serve as their memorial to singer John Wetton who passed away last month at the age of 67.

Taped on September 21, 2013 during the Sounds Of The Ages Festival a the IInd Century Roman Theater in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, the band, which included Wetton, drummer Carl Palmer, keyboard player Geoff Downes, and guitarist Sam Coulson (who had recently replaced Steve Howe) played a selection of their strongest songs from throughout their long career.
As an added bonus, the band was even joined by The Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Levon Manukian, on a selection of tracks.

Featuring all the mandatory tunes from the very first two Asia albums, such as "Sole Survivor", "Time Again", "Only Time Will Tell", "Don't Cry", "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes", "Wildest Dreams", and their mega-hit "Heat of the Moment", the band mixes in later period songs like "The Face on the Bridge", Heroine", "Holy War", and "An Extraordinary Life" from the XXX, Phoenix, and Omega albums.
A cool treat is the inclusion of "Days Like These" from the Then & Now album, an upbeat track that is sort of a forgotten gem from that mid '90s set.

The orchestra comes into play for the second half of the concert and adds a little bit of majestic grandeur alongside Downes' keyboard flourishes, but overall this concert is ultimately about how powerful Wetton's vocals still were.
The record is a good opportunity as well to taste the metallic guitar skills of Coulson. The youngster is about as different from Steve Howe as you can get, but his flashy playing actually works quite well on these AORish proggy classics.

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While some might say that the last thing we need is another Asia live album, this one comes as many of us are still mourning the death of Wetton, and he's the star here.
And honestly, we can never get enough of that magic voice.
Strongly Recommended

01. Sole Survivor
02. Time Again
03. The Face On The Bridge
04. My Own Time
05. Holy War
06. An Extraordinary Life
07. Days Like These
08. Open Your Eyes
09. Only Time Will Tell
10. Don't Cry
11. Heroine
12. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
13. Wildest Dreams
14. Heat Of The Moment

John Wetton – bass, lead vocals
Geoff Downes – keyboards
Carl Palmer – drums
Sam Coulson - guitars



Thursday, February 23, 2017

LIONVILLE - A World Of Fools (2017)

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It was time for AOR institution LIONVILLE to be signed by Frontiers Music; “A World Of Fools” is their third album and their debut for the label to be released this week.
Born as a high profile project dedicated to pure AOR with a touch of Westcoast and melodic rock, Lionville draw inspiration from acts like Toto, Giant, Bad English, Survivor...

Lionville are back after an extended break (their second album came out in 2012) always conducted by main man guitarist / songwriter Stefano Lionetti, plus Work Of Art’s vocalist Lars Säfsund whose singing style suits the AOR sound on this album down to the ground.
This band really nail that classic '80s Toto sound on ‘Our Good Goodbye’, from the keys through to the percussion and backing vocals (if you didn’t know better you’d swear it was David Paich on backing vocals).

A highlight for me is ‘One More Night’, that allows the band to add in a little more elaborated keyboards than the usual, which are swiftly followed by a soaring guitar solo while the vocal harmonies are near perfect.
Lionville really have upped their game on this one paying attention to each little musical detail.

The album delivers more quality AOR wig outs like ‘Show Me The Love’ and slow building ballads such as ‘Heaven Is Right Here’. If you need arena-ready catchiness, 'Bring Me Back Our Love', is your sure fire single.
The band provide variation with the bit heavier rocker 'Paradise' and the brisk paced hard rocker 'I Will Wait', one of the most energetic songs Lionville ever recorded.

For '80s styled Melodic Rock / AOR delivered here in the modern age, it just doesn't get much better than the music that Lionville are cranking out on “A World Of Fools”.
Instantly memorable melodies, big fat production values, strong vocals, and stellar musicianship brings all of this together, resulting in another winner from the folks at Frontiers Records.

01.I Will Wait
02.Show me the Love
03.Bring Me Back Our Love
04.Heaven Is Right Here
05.A World of Fools
06.One More Night
07.All I Want
08.Livin' On the Edge
09.Our Good Goodbye
11.Image of Your Soul

Lars Säfsund: Lead & Backing vocals
Stefano Lionetti: Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards
Michele Cusato: Guitars
Giulio Dagnino: Bass
Martino Malacrida: Drums



MIKE TRAMP - Maybe Tomorrow (2017)

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Former White Lion frontman MIKE TRAMP will release his tenth solo album, "Maybe Tomorrow", on February 24, 2017 via Mighty Music / Target Group. The CD is without doubt one of the Danish singer / songwriter's finest efforts so far, and the nature of the music is deeply personal.
"Maybe Tomorrow" was recorded at Medley Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark, once again with Tramp's trusted partner Søren Andersen behind the knobs and on guitar.

Tramp is a fantastic songwriter and a great storyteller and this "Maybe Tomorrow" comes soon after the quick fire trilogy of Cobblestone Street, Museum and Nomad, all released in consecutive years. If you liked those albums then you’ll be glad to hear that this new one very much continues the theme.
What's nice about Mike Tramp, all these years after White Lion, is his honesty and confidence. He has settled vocally, and any high-pitched squelching he was compelled to peel off during the '80s has matured into a sage, everyday rocker's intonation.

The album has a rockier opening with 'Coming Home', before becoming a mid-tempo track that he does so well. Most of the songs on offer here are fairly stripped down and from the heart but what sets Tramp apart from the rest is the quality of his songwriting.

He excels on the rocking, thoughtful tracks such as 'Rust and Dust' and 'Leaving One Day', then the album closer, the more melancholic title track 'Maybe Tomorrow'.
The haunting 'Time and Place', which consists of just vocals and a simply beautiful piano backing track is a staggering piece of work, while 'What More Can I Say' has a fantastic bounce to it.

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Yet to release a less than stunning album, Mike Tramp just seems to get better with each new record.
"Maybe Tomorrow" is, put simply, a superb piece of work. Here’s to an artist whose voice just improves with age, and his way to craft an emotional rocking song is truly hard to match.

01. Coming Home
02. It's Not How We Do It
03. Spring
04. Would I Lie to You
05. Rust and Dust
06. Leaving One Day
07. Time and Place
08. What More Can I Say
09. Why Even Worry at All
10. Maybe Tomorrow

Mike Tramp (vocals, guitar)
Soren Andersen (guitar)
Morten Buchholtz (keyboards)
Jesper Haugaard (bass)
Morten Hellborn (drums)



JIMI ANDERSON GROUP - Longtime Comin' (2017)

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Scottish AOR vocalist Jimi Anderson has been plying his trade in melodic rock circles for a fair few years now, most notably with Legends Of AOR project and tribute band A Foreigners Journey, which awesome album was featured in this blog years ago. Now it's time for his JIMI ANDERSON GROUP debut "Longtime Comin'", with all songs penned by Anderson himself.

As the album title suggests, Jimi has finally gotten around to issuing an album under his own name and for influences you need look no further than the aforementioned bands with some Bad Company, Whitesnake and Thunder thrown in for good measure.
But, after listening to the record, it was very readily apparent to me that this guy shouldn’t only be behind the mic in a tribute band singing covers of other bands. No, with a voice like Jimi has been blessed with, he needs to be out there doing his own material, and this record is a fine start for him as it delivers 12 tracks of pure AOR goodness!

Jimi has been supported on the album by fellow Scottish musicians Sandy Jones (guitar, bass, drums) and Greame Duffin (guitars) who is best known for being the long-time unofficial member of 80's/90's pop act Wet Wet Wet.
All the music packed in "Longtime Comin" is splendid, catchy songs and really just some excellent AOR that should make any fan of the genre very happy.

From the grooving melody of ‘Same Old Song‘, the swagger of ‘Let’s Get Serious‘, the hard rocking ‘Welcome To The Revolution‘ and ‘Higher Than Higher‘ (which prove the considerable chops of guitarist Greame Duffin), to the somewhat bluesy vibe of the title track, ‘Oh Why‘, an elegant song that Foreigner would be proud of, and the beautiful ballad ‘Where Do We Go From Here‘, this record is a near perfect one that I couldn’t be more thrilled about.

Anderson possesses the sort of melodic rock voice that really makes the listener stop what they are doing and take notice, and certainly he could draw favorable comparisons with Brian Howe, Danny Vaughn or Jeff Scott Soto.
Strong, clear, soulful and just an all around wonderful set of pipes that fits the styling of the classic '80s melodic rock sound that this record has going on.

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There are some terrific and memorable moments on "Longtime Comin" and perhaps after all the years of paying tribute to classic artists it is time for Jimi Anderson to step into the spotlight under his own guise; this album proves he certainly possesses the talent to do so.

01. Same Old Song
02. Let's Get Serious
03. Spread It All Around
04. Feel Like Letting Go
05. Better This Way
06. Welcome to the Revolution
07. Higher Than Higher
08. Longtime Comin'
09. Where Do We Go from Here
10. Necessary People
11. Best for Me
12. Oh Why

Jimi Anderson - vocals, keyboards
Sandy Jones - guitar, bass, drums
Greame Duffin - guitar



UNRULY CHILD - Can't Go Home (2017)

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Frontiers Music have managed to pull many classic acts out of hibernation over the years, and now they can add another one to the list in the form of early '90s AOR band UNRULY CHILD, fronted by the unique Marcie Free. "Can't Go Home" is the title of their delicious new album to be released this week.

Original vocalist Marcie Free (King Kobra, Signal), drummer Jay Schellen (Hurricane, World Trade, Asia), bassist Larry Antonio (Pablo Cruise), guitarist Bruce Gowdy (World Trade, Stone Fury), and keyboard player Guy Allison (World Trade, Doobie Brothers, Lodgic) have reunited for "Can't Go Home", an upbeat set of hook-laden melodic rock tunes powered by Free's still sparkling vocals and plenty of crisp arrangements.

"Driving Into the Future", "The Only One", "Four Eleven", and the AOR sweetness "She Can't Go Home" feature a never ending supply of soaring vocals from Free, the band doing a great job of writing memorable melodies with catchy choruses for the veteran singer to shine on.
And there's even a few potent hard rockers, such as "Point of View", "Get on Top", "Sunlit Sky", and "Ice Cold Sunshine" that contain enough guitar & keyboard firepower to appeal to fans of Styx, Toto, Journey, etc.
Power ballads? Yep, sure, they are here too, with "When Love Is Here" being especially rewarding, again featuring a stellar Free vocal performance.

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Fans of classic Melodic Hard Rock / AOR will be delighted by "Can't Go Home", a bright comeback album for Unruly Child. You won't find easily a 24 carat vocalist like Marcie Free, so press play and enjoy this incredibly talented performer.
Hopefully this isn't just a one-off from Unruly Child and they are indeed back for the long term. The Melodic Hard Rock / AOR genre needs this band, a band a of this quality.
HIGHLY Recommended

01. The Only One
02. Four Eleven
03. Driving Into The Future
04. Get On Top
05. See If She Floats
06. She Can't Go Home
07. Point Of View
08. Ice Cold Sunshine
09. When Love Is Here
10. Sunlit Sky

Marcie Free – Vocals
Bruce Gowdy – Guitars
Guy Allison – Keyboards
Larry Antonino – Bass
Jay Schellen – Drums



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