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Affäire – Less Ain’t More [2019]


RATING 4.5/5

“Less Ain’t More” is the second brand new album of Portuguese sleazy hard rockers revivalists Affaire. It has been four years since their 2015 debut “At First Sight” and Affaire have developed into an international sensation is such markets as the United States and Japan beyond their home country.

Affairs orientation on “Less Ain’t More” is not dissimilar to that of their debut. The band combines the flashy attitude of glam metal with the infectious harmonies and choruses of AOR brought forward by essential production with all instruments coming through clearly, but emphasizing on the melodic aspects of the songwriting.

So “Less Ain’t More” is nowhere the glam/sleaze metal sound, instead the songs are built on the principles of AOR and melodic hard rock. Though relatively young a band, Affaire have two major advantages music-wise: Lead singer D.D. Mike who showcases an impressive vocal range and natural vibrato which make for endless vocal harmonies on “Less Ain’t More”. The other ace in their deck is guitarist Rick Rivotti who is an incredibly accomplished lead guitarist adding beyond the obvious melodic lines, harmonious shredding and neoclassical scales and arpeggios.

Songs like the opener “Paradise Café”, the glammy and catchy opus “Nasty but True” as its own right, the rocking “Wild Romance” and the power ballad “Sidewalk to a Red Light” are prime examples of the band’s quality on this new effort. “Less Ain’t More” will probably find yourself playing the album over and over, humming its melodies at any time of the day and looking forward to the next time you push play on your stereo.

Band Members
D. D. Mike – Lead Vocals
Rick Rivotti – Guitars & Backing Vocals
Tawny Rawk – Bass & Backing Vocals
J.P. Costanza – Drums & Backing Vocals

01. Paradise Café
02. Girls Nite Out
03. Southbay Blues
04. Nasty but True
05. Wild Romance
06. SideWalk to a Red Light
07. Unsung Heroes (2 Good 4 Hollywood)
08. Breaking Point
09. Japanese Teaze ‘89

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