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Golden Farm - 2002 Angels Tears


GOLDEN FARM - ANGELS TEARS (2002, AVISPA)
Tony Menguiano - vocals
Loren Villalonga - guitars, vocals
Ito - bass, vocals


Background
Touted as being part of the new wave of Spanish AOR and melodic rock are this bunch of Barcelona residents going under the banner of Golden Farm. I have to say, this is a very classy affair. If you were to take the Scandanavian route, then bands like Alien or Treat might come into the picture. You then mix it up with all the other Spanish pretenders we've heard over the last few years then the end result would be Golden Farm. And that folks is a compliment! Considering we're talking about bands like La Fase, Elyte, Rafa Martin, Seven Ltd and more recently 91 Suite.. these are high quality outfits, and Golden Farm are right up there, with an infusion of them all in their sound. The band is the brainchild of guitarist Loren Villalonga, who has been playing guitar for years and been bought up on a steady diet of Journey, Foreigner, Scorpions and Whitesnake. After putting together a demo, he was eventually signed up by Madrid label Avispa - hence Golden Farm was born, with the input of a couple of friends on keyboards and drums (Sergi and Vincente). Overall, 'Angels Tears' is classy mid-tempo AOR, with Menguiano's effortless vocals (no voices straining here!) and the tasty eighties influenced guitar work of Loren providing the platform for the band to operate from.

The Songs
Opening up with 'I Cant Tell You', it is a pleasant enough romp through the AOR text-book, with nice keyboard and guitar harmonising. 'Tears Of Loving' has some angelic melodies coursing through the middle. It's followed by the uptempo bruiser 'Fire And Ice'.. ooh this is nice! Love to hear this one live! The scandi connection rings true on 'Everything Sometimes'.. I'd swear you could hear the ghost of Treat and 220 Volt echoing in the speakers! 'I Need Your Love' is another teriffic effort (excuse the Yngwie J Malmsteen 'Odyssey' riff at the start). The token ballad 'Time After Time' is feather-light on the ear, but with enough melody and richness to give the AOR'sters some respite during the albums listening time. 'All Night Long' again brushes past the scandi sound, this time Alien is the recipient, as is the track 'Why These Years', where Loren does his best Tony Borg imitation on the widdly-diddly front! Recollections of 80's era Europe come flooding back with 'I Want To Know' while 'All I Want' is smooth pulse laden AOR.. again very nice.

In Summary
Loren and his entourage are on to something here. If you want to venture beyond the standard fare (and in some cases disappointing efforts!) that have been released by the so-called major melodic rock labels, then look no further. Considering they've produced this album with no big names, it really does bring into question some of the other releases out there. A very nice slice of AOR/melodic rock which goes some way to reinforcing the tremendous talent coming out of Spain. Perhaps they should have their own Gods Fest?

URL: www.avispa.com

Track Listing:
01 I Can't Tell You
02 Tears Of Loving
03 Fire And Ice
04 Everything Sometimes
05 I Need Your Love
06 Time After Time
07 All Night Long
08 Why These Years
09 I Want To Know
10 They Say
11 All I Want
12 When The Morning Sun

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#1 | ROBERT on February 16 2006 18:31:12
Una Muy Grata sorpresa me dieron estos Menorquines cuando los vi por 1 vez en directo en el 2 Nemel Rock celebrado en Madrid!

Fire and Ice mi favorita!

8'5 d 10!
#2 | george_the_jack on July 06 2008 15:10:57
The opening is a killer piano driven AOR anthem....
 
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