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Hotwire - 2000 Middle Of Nowhere

Andy Urbeck - vocals
Alex Espinosa - guitars
Winnie Neumann - bass
Tom Glas - drums

When we think of German melodic rock these days, we don't have to go far to look for quality. For starters we have the likes Fair Warning, Pink Cream 69, Zeno, and Frontline. Add to that, other contenders such as Jaded Heart and these boys from Munich.. Hotwire. These guys have been around for a few years now, with numerous changes along the way. They've released two albums prior to this, and with some initial help from two of the guys from Bonfire (Hans Ziller and Claus Lessman). Their original singer Werner Stadi is missing from the band this time, making way for new boy Andy Scott Urbeck.

The Songs
It's definitely not as German sounding (should I say European) as I'd anticipated, with lots of accoustic guitar passages throughout. Even the AC/DC classic 'You Shook Me All Night Long' gets the unplugged treatment, sounding very unlike the version you're used to hearing. Good though.. The electric guitars are not as upfront as I'd like, and have a slightly jangly feel, a direction last heard on Fair Warning's 'Rainmaker' album. It's not hard to see where the 'rock 'n country track titled 'Shania' came from. Not particularly original mind you. The ballads 'Lost In Your Eyes' and 'Sometimes She Cries' are sort of lost on me somewhat, pleasant but pointless. Hotwire get back on track with 'Nothing To Say', a harder rocking tune straight out of the Hans Ziller guitar riffing classroom! 'Midnite Romeo' is a good rocker too, while the title track 'Middle Of Nowhere' I'm not so sure about.

In Summary
With a plethora of good quality AOR out there at the moment, not forgetting all those classic re releases, I'm sure you could easily spend your hard earned dollars elsewhere, but for those diehards stuck on European styled rock, then Hotwire get added to the ever increasing list of contenders and pretenders.

Track Listing:
01 Midnite Romeo
02 Middle Of Nowhere
03 You Shook Me All Night Long
04 Shania
05 Lost In Your Eyes
06 Nothing To Say
07 Sometimes She Cries
08 Danger Is Calling
09 Lost In Your Eyes (Radio Edit)

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