Xpress! – …To Survive [1991]

Country Germany

Style Hi-Tech AOR

Rating 78/100

Band Members Olli Schröder – Guitars, Martin Hohmeier, Stefan Schaper, Norbert Rist, Richard Hesselink, Peter Wilcek, Vielen Anderen

Tracks 01. Heroes, 02. Against all Warriors, 03. Time Will Come, 04. (Give a Better Way) …to Survive, 05. Bad Surprise, 06. All I Have to Do, 07. Try to Escape, 08. Man on the Run, 09. Why Can’t you See, 10. Stay by Pee

Profile Obscure German band that released only this album in 1991 on Torque label. They offer pure hi-tech AOR with lots of keyboards and cool arrangements all over. The songs come along with nice and sometimes lightly quirky melodies and are heavily based on keys without forgetting some tasteful guitar fills.

The catchy “Try To Escape” with its great keyboards for example reminds of Valet Parking meets Bogart Co., while the great AOR-sounding “Man On The Run” sounds like pure Channel 5 and “All I Have To Do” with its tastefull guitar fills comes along in the vein of Westwood meets Johnny Hates Jazz. The crystal clear production reveals every little detail of the ambitious instrumentation and the talent of the band.

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