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Jeff Scott Soto – Retribution [2017]

Jeff Scott Soto is an artist who is somehow always releasing new music and Retribution is his new solo album featuring the anticipated return of Howie Simon on guitars along with a stylistic move back to the melodic rock genre he is best known for. Produced by Jeff Scott Soto and Howie Simon, Retribution sounds good with an emphasis on big guitars and drums along with Soto’s powerful vocals cutting through on top of everything. Each band member gives a solid performance and the musical style doesn’t ever really stray from melodic rock with a good balance of ballads and hard rocking guitar riffage.

The second half of the album suffers a little from average mixing and some strange sounding drumming that almost feels programmed which flattens the vibe a little. Highlights include the great opening riffs and verse arrangements of “Retribution”, the groovy chorus of “Inside/Outside” which ends with some catchy slide guitar, the signature layered vocals in the chorus of “Reign Again”, the big power ballad “Feels Like Forever” which features an epic guitar solo, the fun party vibe and multiple hooks of “Bullet For My Baby”, and the passionate acoustic ballad “Autumn” that closes the album out in style.

The Japanese edition includes an acoustic version of “Feels Like Forever” as a bonus track which delivers a gentle vibe and allows the vocals to really shine through on a great ballad. Despite a few flat songs and a slight lack of magical uniqueness present in Soto classics such as Lost In Translation (which also featured Howie Simon) and even his recent contribution to the very strong debut album by Sons Of Apollo, Retribution is a worthy album in the Soto discography that is satisfying without reaching classic status.

Band Members
Jeff Scott Soto – Vocals, Keyboards
Howie Simon – Guitar, Bass (except on “Reign Again” and “Song For Joey”)
Edu Cominato – Drums
August Zadra – Guitar on “Reign Again”
Stephen Sturm – Guitar on “Reign Again”
Carlos Costa – Bass on “Reign Again”
Paul Mendonca – Guitar, Keyboards, Bass on “Song For Joey”

01. Retribution
02. Inside/Outside
03. Rage Of The Year
04. Reign Again
05. Feels Like Forever
06. Last Time
07. Bullet For My Baby
08. Song For Joey
09. Breakout
10. Dedicate To You
11. Autumn

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