Faithfull – Light This City [2003]

Country Portugal          

Style Hard Rock/AOR

Rating 85/100

Band Members Nuno Ledesma – Bass,Backing Vocals, Rui Martins – Guitars, Sérgio Ramos – Drums, Sérgio Sabino – Vocals, Luis Barros – keyboards, background vocals

Tracks 01. Light This City (4:05), 02. There’s No Turning Back (4:29), 03. All I Want, All I Need (4:22), 04. I’ve Been Missing You (4:18), 05. You Won’t Get Me Now (4:23), 06. Ending Song (4:58), 07. Melting Your Ice (4:27), 08. Learned My Lession (4:55), 09. Like A Shadow (4:16), 10. The Way I Am (3:12), 11. Way Back (4:40)

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Profile “Light this city” is the debut album by Portuguese AOR/melodic rock band “Faithfull” originally released in 2003 and reissued in 2009 by American label “Perris Records” which specializes in the AOR/Glam/Sleaze genres. The line up features lead singer Sergio Sabino, guitarist Rui Martins, drummer Sergio Ramos and bassist Nuno Ledesma.

In terms of direction, “Faithfull” comes closer to the sound of a Paul Laine solo album: Standard tempo tunes for the biggest part, extensive melodic guitar solos, a mixture of clean and distorted guitars, totally AOR rhythm section; yet above all it is Sergio’s voice that bares incredible similarity to that of American melodic rock hero Paul Laine making “Faithfull” a dream for any experienced AOR/melodic rock fan.

There is a fair number of ballads on “Light this city” yet it is probably the heavier material such as “You won’t get me now” and “Melting your ice” that would be considered as highlights; never forgetting harmonious tunes like “There’s no turning back”, “learnt my lesson”, “The way I am” and “Light this city”. No doubt “Faithfull-Light this city” is a substantial, if not original, melodic album honestly delivering great AOR and being very successful at that.

Indeed “Light this city” serves as the ideal summer album for AOR enthusiast that sounds fresh and vibrant, definitely leaning towards American melodic rock. Just about every song has Air-play potential.

By Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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