Mean Mr Mustard – The Flame Still Burns [2010]

the-flame-still-burnsCountry South Africa

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 84/100

Band Members Andries Botha – Vocals,guitars, Garth Potterton – Guitars, Fred Krsten – Bass, Louwrence Bezuidenhout – Drums

Tracks 01. Breathe, 02. Show Me The Way, 03. Stand, 04. Scenes From A Memory, 05. Angel (String Mix), 06. Blame It On The Universe, 07. Rebel Yell, 08. The Flame Still Burns, 09. Bound To Be Alone Again, 10. 99, 11. Want You, 12. Angel (Guitar Mix)

Profile These guys have been around since the mid 90’s and had quite a bit of success in their home country. Withe the release of “The Flame Still Burns” they mostly left the Westcoast elements behind and went for a pure AOR / Melodic Rock ranging between 7th Heaven, Southern Sons and Sunstorm. Tne new vocalist of the band Andries Botha with his awesome raspy vocals give the 12 songs of the album more of a rock edge compared to their earlier efforts. The raging opener “Breathe” reminds of Southern Sons, “Show Me The Way” with killer hookline and overall similar to 7th Heaven or the modern Melodic Rocker “Blame It On The Universe” where Sunstorm meets Martin Stenmarck.

The breezy acoustic driven power ballad “I Want You Back” having killer vocal delivery and hookline, that totally reminds Mikael Erlandsson. The same can be said about “Scenes From A Memory”, another mega catchy tune which will spin in your head for days. Yet another killer tune has to be the midtempo AOR of “Angel” (Joe Lynn Turner like, listen to the bridge) which has hit written all over hit. Also production wise this has an updated modern AOR touch which is totally on par with what is currently reviewed in the Melodic Rock / AOR world.
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No Exit – Where Is Soul? [1990]

iogerioitCountry USA

Style AOR

Rating 77/100

Band Members

Tracks 01. Where Is Soul, 02. Brothers And Sisters, 03. Long Way, 04. Need For Greed, 05. Bad Days, Bad Deals, 06. Sister Sad, 07. American Dream, 08. The Truth, 09. Lost Boys, 10. All In Your Hands

Profile This ultra rare 10 track record was released in 1990 on Cool Pig Records. This band hails from California and plays superb catchy, melodic AOR. If you’re a fan of Henderson-Main, Work Force and Lost Image then NO EXIT will be a wonderful delight. You’ll hear first rate vocals, musicianship and great hooks, with nice balance between keys and guitars. The songs are good but not great and overall this one i feel that could be much better.

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Voice – L’Orizzonte [1996]

yhyjhjkCountry Switzerland

Style Melodic Rock/Lite AOR

Rating 79/100

Band Members Roberto Facchi – Vocals,guitars, Laura Strasser – Vocals, Bacy Marasco – Keyboards, Roberto Lmbardi – Bass, Mauro Moschetta – Guitars, Roland Hosli – Drums, Andi Purato – Percussion

Tracks 01. venti Da Nord (3:47), 02. L’Orizzonte (4:14), 03. I Bambini Della Strada (4:52), 04. Letten (4:11), 05. Ma Non Ricordi (3:54), 06. Lacrime Nella Mia Mente (4:54), 07. Liberi (4:08), 08. Danusia (4:06), 09. Un Anno Speciale (3:29), 10. Spettri (4:31)

Profile Voice is a Zurich based group release this album back in 1996 through CH-Records in very limited copies. The album contain ten easy listening tunes, with lots of harmonies, nice mix of male and female vocals with Italian language, tight production and worthly songwriting.

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Entropy – Entropy [1993]

Entropy_medCountry USA

Style Melodic Rock/AOR

Rating 77/100

Band Members Joe Morrison, Will Kostis, Lee J. Meyers

Tracks 01. No More Letting Go (4:55), 02. Desire (5:19), 03. One Night (4:50), 04. You (1:40), 05. Diver Blue (4:05), 06. Pink Sweater (4:06), 07. Kerkyra (2:41), 08. Come Inside (5:13), 09. The Elusive Pentahedron (5:51), 10. A Fine Line (5:05)

Profile This album is a truly outstanding slice of AOR bliss that is waiting for collectors to hear, with a great vocalist, solid production, keys, killer guitars, the whole nine. The opening track, “No More Letting Go” is an infectious AOR anthem, as is the Zac Master-esque “One Night”. The keyboard laden dominated tracks, “You,” and “Come Inside,” have similarities to Triumph or Rush. The band is well polished and the record is incredibly produced for an unknown indie. The band working on a new album.

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Lea London – Eye Candy [1994]

fiefiiegieCountry USA

Style AOR/Pop/Rock

Rating 75/100

Band Members Lea London – Vocals

Tracks 01. Eye Candy, 02. Free, 03. Beyond Bitch, 04. Come And Get My Love, 05. Love Lets You Wonder, 06. Hollywood Way, 07. Reach Out (And Touch), 08. Too Sexy, 09. Take A Chance, 10. Party Line, 11. Show & Tell, 12. When A Man Loves A Woman, 13. Rich Man

Profile Lea London’s debut album released in 1994 through D-Pocket Records, a tremendously hard to find female fronted indie. Lea London is a beautiful woman who sings a mix of AOR, pop and rock songs. She does a few cover songs as well (Too Sexy and When a Man Loves a Woman). Some of the songs are ballads and some are 90s style pop/rock tracks with haunting vocals.

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