HOT NEW AOR REVIEWS
|GIANNI SIRAGUSA 'Fammi fare poesia'
GIANNI SIRAGUSA comes out of Italy and has been singing in Rockbands in Tuscany, Rome and Latina since his early youth. Now he has released his first solo-CD titled Fammi fare poesia' that contains 13 songs. Musically there is a variation of uptempo AOR rockers and acoustic ballads. The CD starts with Curami curami, an acoustic song which is not really something special.
Next track Ritmi is much better, because this is a great uptempo pure AOR rocker. After the acoustic song Il fiume reno we get to hear another great uptempo AOR rocker titled Non ci potete disturbare. I laghi del Nord follows and is a nice semi ballad. The acoustic song Onde radio follows.
Then we get to hear another great uptempo AOR rocker entitled Sotto un cielo sereno. These uptempo rockers are not only the best songs of Gianni, but also very much AOR oriented (a la STAN BUSH, only with Italian lyrics) and shows Gianni at his very best musically. The following two songs (Del cielo della terra and Baba yetu) are again acoustic ballads, though very short this time.
La vita is a nice semi AOR rocker which is followed by Al di la del mare, a nice semi AOR ballad with a very nice long guitarsolo. Very good is next track Dopo la notte, a good semi AOR ballad like JOURNEY. The CD closes with the titletrack which is an acoustic song. The reason why there are so many acoustic songs on Giannis CD is due to the fact that he plays himself the acoustic guitar.
I hope there are more uptempo AOR rockers on his next album, because thats the style which shows Gianni at his best. More info can be found on his site at: http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/60/gianni_siragusa.html
|SUSANNAH KEITH 'Torchlight'
This a very satisfying record of simple pop songs in the style of JAIME KYLE, especially the opening track "Double Take", this is a great song, Susannah's album is full of crediable tunes, her vocals are solid and meaingful,and like JAIME KYLE and sometimes MARIAH CAREY. The songs are pure bliss.
It's nice to hear songs like "Stubborn Kinda Woman", and the foot taping pop of "Last Train To NYC", this is a great bouncy soft pop album that any fan of female pop and rock will love thanks to it's simple charms of musical delight.Well worth a listen. Email MillenniaR@aol.com or check out her website http://www.susannahkeith.com
Rating: 7,5/10 (Review by Nicky Baldrian)
|IRENE 'Magic hands'
"Magic Hands" is the
debut record from San Diego based singer/songwriter Irene
Weiss,whom I must say has one hell of a nice pair of
legs. The album builds upon delicate and sensuous
foundations in the vein of KATE BUSH , JANE FALLON, JANE
Rating: 6,5/10 (Review by Nicky Baldrian)
|LOVE CANDY 'Sacrifice'
Love Candy are a radio friendly pop band from Indianapolis,the songs are catchy and groovy,but not essentially aor or melodic rock, it's quite good and a lot better than most of the indy bands out there as the band often offer lush harmonies like "Dirty Circus" which bare resemblance to CHEAP TRICK, BANG TANGO and even ALICE COOPER.
also very good and has loads of chart potential, but as I
said this is guitar driven modern pop with a slight rocky
edge,I rather liked the subtle piano led ballad
"Sombody", which has a CHEAP TRICK, BEATLES,
ENUFF Z'NUFF edge to it and is very cool, and livens up
as the song goes on,if only all chart bands could sound
Rating: 5,5/10 (Review by Nicky Baldrian)
Baunagrasid is nothing more than
glorified demos that contain some interesting musical
styles, the music on offer is sung in the bands native
Austrian language and this eight track little beauty is
basically slushy light weight romantic aor with
"Vinddukkulagid" being the jewel, the riffs,
keyboard playing and chorus line remind me of bands like
As does the next track "Eins Og Pu" which again features a heavy use of synthesisers, and some very good female background vocals, the rest of the album continues in this vein and also includes some nice ballads. I don't have any info on this band which is a pitty, as they aren't bad at all. I really would love to hear all these songs in english, I may then be able to tell you what they are about.
Rating: 6,5/10 (Review by Nicky Baldrian)
|DEN GALNA MANEN 'Den Galna Manen'
This is a lovely record
of pure swedish pop and piano led aor songs,I don't know
an awful lot about this band but Ann-Sofi Andersson is
one hell of an amazing vocalist,and posssess a strong
voice,the songs are sung in Swedish ,and this makes it
even more appealing to these ears. She sounds like GLORIA
ESTEFAN, and this is basically soft rock full of lush
melodies and subtle guitar work from Johan Glossner.
Track one "Mina Drommars Mal" is as good as
anything that STEVE PERRY or BRYAN ADAMS would lend their
Rating: 7,5/10 (Review by Nicky Baldrian)
|DIVINE STATIC 'Divine Static'
(ITZALL GOODE MUSIC)
This band comes out of Clinton, Maryland, USA and they have put out a very interesting CD. DIVINE STATIC consists of vocalist/bassist Eric Scott and keyboardist/guitarist and vocalist Ronnie Smith. Musically they are described as a pop oriented band with influences ranging from popacts like SEAL and PRINCE to melodic rockacts such as BRYAN ADAMS and VAN HALEN. But forget these comparisons, because I have listened to the CD and can inform you that this DIVINE STATIC is well suited for any AOR fan, because there are some superb pure AOR songs on their debut CD. I would rather describe DIVINE STATIC as a mixture between FM, TOTO, JOURNEY, PROMOTION, a calmer JEFF PARIS and MICHAEL MORALES with some Poppy overtones every now and then.
This CD contains some hit-potential songs that could easily end up high in the charts with the right promotion. There are 14 songs on the album. The CD opens up with Before the dawn, an instrumental intro that sounds Scottish because of the use of bagpipes. This instrument is also used in the next track More than a little, a nice midtempo melodic rocker that reminds me of the last couple of FM albums, it has the same vibe as that British band.
Questions unanswered follows and this is the kind of pure AOR songs on this CD I was talking about. This song is a beautiful semi AOR ballad with some very impressive lead vocals of singer Eric Scott who has almost the same voice as the FM vocalist Steve Overland. The song also is in the FM style (circa their album Tough it out). A beautiful song that should top the charts here in Europe because such a wonderful AOR song should not be ignored and actually I think if you play it out to a wide audience they will love it because it is really good.
Walkin right next to you is a cheerful summerish AOR song that sounds like a perfect mixture between MICHAEL MORALES, late FM and PROMOTION. Then comes another short instrumental piece called The party: This is the intro for a song called The life of the party, the first weaker song on the album. This track is namely an experimental poptune which falls out of place between the other AOR oriented songs.
Happily next track
Shield my eyes is very AOR based. This song
is a beautiful piano- keyboard lead pure AOR ballad that
sounds like JOURNEY with Jeff Paris on lead vocals. The
following two tracks are Its all about the
money (PROMOTION kinda light
Then we get to hear the best song of the whole CD which is If I fell in love, pure midtempo AOR with very impressive vocals and a brilliant chorus. This superb AOR song is from a very high level and is up there with bands like STREET TALK, CHANGE OF HEART, ROKBOX, early FM. If I fell in love is definitely one of the best songs on the CD and also the most AOR oriented track. Power of a woman follows and is a good calmer AOR ballad like JOURNEY and STRANGEWAYS.
Following track I will meet you halfway is totally different and is more sounding like 80s U2. Closing track Give me air is again AOR oriented, though it is very calm. It sounds a little like late STRANGEWAYS and ORO. DIVINE STATIC has released a very worthwhile CD. The album features a few very good pure AOR songs, but also some poppier moments. If bands like PROMOTION, HIGHER GROUND, TOTO are up your alley, you cant miss this release.
But I would also recommend the pure AOR fans to have a listen to this record, because some songs on this album will surprise the AOR fans. Although not the whole record is AOR, I still must admit that a lot of songs will please the AOR fans. You can contact this band at: ITZLLGOODE@AOL.COM and visit their website at iuma.com
|ROCKARAZZI 'Live 9-1-99'
ROCKARAZZI is some kind of a cult-band, because they opened up for partybands like QUIET RIOT and WARRANT and they are playing their rock as cliche as possible with songtitles like Rock the night and Rock and roll is forever. Musically they play typical American Rock with influences from both 70s and 80s rock. You can clearly hear this band mixing 70s New York Rock (KISS, STARZ) and 80s Californian Partyrock (KIX, KEEL, CRUE).
It all sounds very simple, but it really works every now and then and you can find yourself singing along on songs like Rock the night, Rock and roll is forever, Red hot summer nightz and Shock! shock!. There are 8 songs on this CD and all of them were recorded live at the burn.one.com studios in New York. This studio website allows bands to record their music live in a studio which burns the music onto CD, for more info on this, I should recommend you to visit their website at: http://www.Burn-One.com
Back to the CD of ROCKARAZZI, one of the bands featured on burn.one.com. My favourite songs on the CD are Rock the night (pure 80s melodic party rocknroll with 70s KISS influences, tough drumsound which is real rocknroll), Rock and roll is forever (80s RATT meets CRUE), Dive-bomb track baby! (melodic uptempo party rock-n-roll like 70s KISS meets STARZ), Red hot summer nightz (cheerful pure 80s uptempo Glamrock like POISON meets CRUE with cool harmonyvocals) and closing track Party with your pantz down (good old time party rock-n-roll like 70s KISS/STARZ).
These guys have released a good CD that contains fun rock-n-roll and avoids every genre from the 90s. If you like partyrockbands such as QUIET RIOT, STARZ, KISS, POISON, KEEL, CRUE, KIX... then you must purchase this CD of ROCKARAZZI. More info on their website at: http://www.Burn-One.com/rockarazzi and e-mail them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
|RANDY FRICKE 'Randy Fricke'
This guy looks a little like
JOHNNY LIMA and also musically there are some
similarities. Randy Fricke comes out of La Crosse,
Wisconsin, USA and has written, performed, produced and
recorded all the 12 songs on his debut CD himself. I hear
a lot of influences from the 80s partyrock. Bands that
come in mind are 80s KISS, RATT, POISON and CRUE. Though
the best comparison I can come up with is THE MICHAEL
RYAN BAND. Not many people have heard that band before,
but thats also a new band and actually RANDY FRICKE
plays in the exact same style as THE MICHAEL RYAN BAND,
Randy mixes Melodic Hardrock with Partyrock. I must point out that his vocals is not his best part, because they are sounding a bit raw and not really melodic. Maybe in the future he can improve this. The instrumental sound of the songs is quite well and as good as a band. The beginning of the CD was a bit weak with songs like I see you, you see me, Payin for paradise and Connect that reminded me a little of ALICE COOPER meets NASTY IDOLS with a groovy vibe a la LYNCH MOB.
The second part of the
CD is better and much more melodic rock oriented. Songs
like Cant stop thinking of you (good
semi melodic rockballad), Someway, someday
(uptempo melodic rocker with a cheesy 80s sound),
Ive seen enough (uptempo melodic
rocker, very much like 80s KISS) and Its
wrong (melodic chorus, groovy vibe a la
If you liked THE MICHAEL RYAN BAND from a few months ago, then this may be up your alley. Otherwise said, if you want to hear a partyrock influenced melodic hardrock album a la RATT, 80s KISS... then you need to check RANDY FRICKEs debut CD at: http://www.randyfricke.com
|ATTRACTION 'Get up'n'shake'
WOW!! Here comes what
could be next summers hot new sensation. Attraction are a
colourful melodic hard rock/aor band that are simply a
cut above everybody else, with the high quality of
feelgood music on "Get Up And Shake" Attraction
should have no problems securing themselves a deal with
one of the big four labels in time for a proper release
Iimagine a mixture of BON JOVI, FIREHOUSE, TYKETTO, SURVIVOR, DOKKEN, HEAVEN'S EDGE, STEELHEART, SLAUGHTER, HOUSE OF LORDS, THE STORM, DANGER DANGER, DEF LEPPARD, VELOCITY, MARK ALLEN BAND, TALL STORIES, SIGNAL, DIVING FOR PEARLS, HUGO and you will get the picture of what Attraction sound like.
This album is filled
with glorious melodies and tons of big fun
entertainment,check out "Licity Split", this
song is big time rock,and the band have pulled out all
the stops on this one,it's gloriously bright and catchy
and by the end of the song you will be singing along like
a fool and raising your fists to rock,this song is in the
style of DOKKEN, BON JOVI, HEAVEN'S EDGE and XYZ with
fire burning guitar solos and sleazy lyrics,but the award
winning rock n roll pips simply must go to the awesome
"Summer Days",a huge riff laden song with some
really nice keyboard sections making this a surefire
summer hit,this song is very much in the style of THE
STORM, DANGER DANGER and HUGO with even a little hint of
FAIR WARNING and a very bouncy guitar solo in the style
of STEVE VAI and JOE SATRIANI.
Rating: 9/10 (Review by Nicky Baldrian)
|FKC 'Life goes on'
(BLUE SKIES RECORDS)
FKC is a Brazilian band and they have put out a CD titled Life goes on. Unlike many other bands from Brazil, FKC has released a CD which has a very good production and professional sound. Musically they play very non-Brazilian Rock, because FKC plays Symphonic AOR rock and I hear similarities to KICK, RUSH and SAGA.
The CD contains 11 songs and they are a good blend of mixture between uptempo melodic rockers and semi-ballads. The uptempo melodic rockers Falling down, Life goes on and Fake smiles are the best songs on the CD and remind me very much of the British band KICK.
The progressive influences of RUSH and SAGA can be heard in songs like Deny and Im glad. This is a rather good record from a Brazilian band. More info at: http://www.fkc.com.br
|THE GOOD CHINA 'The Good China'
The Good China are an interesting rock/alternative act from San Diego, the music reflects both sides of those genres and often feels similar to BRYAN ADAMS and HENRY LEE SUMMER, vocalist Ren Zenner has a nice subtle charm of originality in her voice and is most convincing indeed, kinda like a darker Sue Willet's of DANTE FOX fame.
"This Is Your Life" is a cool rocker with a 90's edge, but is very singable and catchy thanks to Ren's sexy voixe and Gilberts Koury's guitar playing. It's often very indy sounding in the style of THE CORBANS, but their are moments such as "Strange", and the riffy "D-day" and "Burning Up", that deliver catchy songs with memorable chorus lines. My fave song however is opener "B-4", closely follwed by the excellent "Need", I think this band could go far, and it will be interesting to see what the band come up with next time around. A nice album. Email: email@example.com
Rating: 6,5/10 (Review by Nicky Baldrian)
|RACER X 'Technical
(MERCURY RECORDS/JAPANESE IMPORT)
In my youth RACER X
were everything that I loved about heavy metal and hard
rock, mouthwatering songs played with amazing musicanship
from all the cast, then the band split with various
members joining JUDAS PRIEST and the fastest kid of the
eighties Paul Gilbert became succesffull with MR.BIG.
Then we get the short
instrumental "B.R.O" which I guess stands for
"Bach Rip Off" and like "Y.R.O." this
is a magic neo classical showcase of Paul's skills and
technique,that equals Malmsteen etc."God Of The
Sun" is all fiery and atmospheric,whilst "Give
It To Me",is colourful and tounge n' cheek and
reminds me of DAVID LEE ROTH, whilst Paul incorporates
some very fast VAI like hammer-ons,this is a great song
and another highlight.
Rating: 8,5/10 (Review by Nicky Baldrian)
|TONY MACALPINE 'Master of
paradise' (SHRAPNELL RECORDS)
It's amazing really when you
think about it, that guitar maestro Tony MaCalpine has
been releasing a vast amount of albums for over fifteen
years, yet as always with the guitar player success has
passed him by, although successfull in his own right he
has yet to make the commericial impact that say YNGWIE
MALMSTEEN, JOE SATRIANI, and STEVE VAI have.
Rating: 8/10 (Review by Nicky Baldrian)
|EUROPE 'The final
countdown - 2000'
Is this a joke? Do we really have to accept this? And did any of the other EUROPE members had any thing to do with this? I don't think so. It's that singer Joey Tempest who is almost bankrupt and is trying to make some money with a new recording of "The final countdown". His two solo-albums never gave him the success he achieved with EUROPE. Why on earth can someone come up with something like this? Do you really think any of the old fans will accept this. I don't think so.
But on the other hand there are enough stupid people out there who are gonna fall for this easily, because if you look at the charts of today you see so many of these stupid useless house/disco songs it would not suprise me if also this terrible remake of the 80s classic "The final countdown" turns out to a big hit. In the meantime all the rockfans will laugh at Joey, because the guy turns out to be a whimp after all. OK Bon jovi went a different way, but he still makes quality music, but this new version of "The final countdown" - EUROPE is so stupid and from the lowest quality you can come up with.
|EUROPE 'The final
countdown - 2000' (EPIC RECORDS)
AAAHHHHHHH This is crap
and bullshit!!!At the stroke of midnight on New Years
Eve, hopefully Joey Tempest got turned into a pumpkin
never to return to the music scene ever again. This is
disastorous and a total sell out, in making a last bit of
cash, as Tempest and co fall further into obscurity, I
certainily hope that this dancy techno version of
"The Final Countdown" is just a one off, and
that if Europe do reform,then they stick to their
original melodic rock/aor formular, but this is just
taking the piss and makes the world of rock music seem
even more distant from ever achieving the glory days of
Rating: ?/10 (Review by Nicky Baldrian)
GLASSOLINE comes out of Woodbridge, VA, USA and features a girl on lead vocals. The band is playing a mixture of 80s Melodic Rock (like LITA FORD) and 90s oriented Poprock. I must say that their 90s influences are put upfront and this makes this band less interesting for the fan of the typical cheerful 80s female fronted melodic rock. That doesnt mean this band isnt interesting at all, because they still have a lot to offer. Opener Lips are burning has a very 90s sound, but still a nice melody, kinda like LITA FORD. Next track Cereal is a RUNAWAYS typed rocker.
Passage is a song which is featured twice on this CD and actually it leaves me cold, just an acoustic ballad, nothing more nothing less. Boyfriend is another RUNAWAYS typed rocker. Leaving the game is a bit weaker. The remaining two songs are Forgive me (nice semi melodic rockballad) and Sexx (another RUNAWAYS typed rocker) and actually these songs show GLASSOLINE at their best. If you wanna know how the RUNAWAYS would have sounded like in the 90s, then I urgently recommend you this GLASSOLINE. Check their website at: http://members.aol.com/xenonra/glassoline.html