Clearland – Gift from Time [2004]

557e33e4fba7e600761f835ad34e70fcCountry Bulgaria          Style AOR

Rating 82/100

Band Members
Konstantin Jambazov – Vocals,Guitars,Bass,Keyboards, Nikolay Raikov – Vocals, Peter Petrov – Drums

Tracks
01. Feel The World (5:22), 02. Gift From Time (4:26), 03. I Keep Trying (5:39), 04. Love And Tenderness (4:42), 05. The Way To Love You More (6:11), 06. I Will Fly (4:37), 07. Temptation (4:34), 08. Keep Spirits High (4:34), 09. Vechen Sun (6:02), 10. S Teb (5:07), 11. Bohemian Rhapsody (5:44)

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Profile Formed in 2000 in Varna, Bulgaria. ClearLand has been started as a private project of Nikolay and Konstantin just to enjoy their music by themselves since 2000. More than 15 songs have been recorded until 2002. During February and March 2004, ClearLand recorded additionally parts and re-mixed 10 songs. Then the first album “Gift from time” was released on 29th. May 2004 in Bulgaria. 

These boys got great ideas like the the opening track “Feel the world”,”The way to love you more” (best song on the album) and the instrumental cover of Queen?s masterpiece “Bohemian Rhapsody” (an odd but cool version),but “Keep spirits high” echoes out Eurovision song contest a long way and the fusion/west coast syrup dripping “Love and tenderness” and “I will fly” don’t belong here at all. The last song “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a bonus and cover from Queen.

Their music is firmly rooted in classic AOR of the early 80s with strong touches of Styx, Chicago, or Journey and Nikolay sounds like a dead-ringer to Dennis De Young minus lisping and the feminine overtone. I think they should consider a more straight ahead AOR-ish style over the whole album next time and with a larger production,Clearland could be a band to reckon with. 

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