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Melodica - 2001 Love Metal


MELODICA - LOVEMETAL (2001, FRONTIERS)
Ted Poley - vocals
Gerhard Pichler - guitars
Paul Morris - keyboards
Levi Springer - bass
Jonathan Mover - drums


Background
While their debut album earned them some harsh criticism, especially on the production front, I'm pleased to report that Melodica have just released one of the AOR albums of the year. Comparisons have been made to Bad English, but I would hasten to add Journey and at times classic Giant to the general mix, over and above the obvious Danger Danger tendencies.

The Songs
'Summer Nights' sets the tone with a soaring anthem in the Journey tradition, lush melodies and vocal harmonies everywhere, great song. 'Head Over Heels' reminds one of Def Leppard's 'Another Hit And Run' at the beginning, but develops into another flowing rocker of class. 'Lovemetal' glides at midtempo, simultaneously sending up and paying tribute to our beloved melodic genre. 'Broken Promises' tones things down with lashings of assured melody, while 'I'll Never Break Your Heart' reminds us why we love AOR as much as we do. While there are no filler tracks, the remaining highlights are provided by the soaring hookladen power of 'Crazy' and the hard driving AOR bliss of 'What Number Are You?'

In Summary
The truth is quite simple - this disc should make most AOR fans' top 10 lists of 2001. This CD will not disappoint, so if you're looking for that essential disc for September, here it is. For those of you in Europe, I'd recommend warming up those vocal chords to these tunes, just in time for Melodica's European tour early 2002.

Track Listing:
01 Summer Nights
02 Head Over Heels
03 Lovemetal
04 Broken Promises
05 I'll Never Break Your Heart
06 Out Of My Mind
07 Shake
08 Crazy
09 Keep On Running
10 What Number Are You
11 Gotta Save Yourself

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#1 | george_the_jack on July 02 2008 12:30:48
Although he never was much of a singer, his albums achieved satisfactory quality...This album is quiet good.
#2 | jeffrey343 on January 06 2009 20:51:04
This is one that could have been really really good. I've had it for a few months, and it is definitely a good listen. But Poley's vocals are not as strong as they were (Danger Danger) or are (Pleasure Dome). It's good to hear that Poley still has it on that Pleasure Dome album, but I wish he had sounded that good here. This is still quite good, though. The Bad English and Journey and Giant influences are much less noticeable (to me, anyway) than the obvious Danger Danger, but it doesn't consistently sound like D2 to me either - just its own project.
 
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