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Rain (Norway) - 2002 House Of Dreams



ARTIST: Rain (Norway)
ALBUM: House Of Dreams
LABEL: Kivel Records
SERIAL: KR?
YEAR: 2002

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Michael Bormann - lead vocals * Tore Moren - lead guitar * Lars Forseth - rhythm guitar * Audun Norgaard - bass * Peppa - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bad For Everything * 02 Anywhere The Wind Blows * 03 Make A Break * 04 Talking To An Angel * 05 Bring It On * 06 No Such Thing * 07 Miss Myself * 08 Everytime You Go * 09 Ain't Found Heaven Yet * 10 Can I Say If * 11 Talkin' To My Heart * 12 Sentimental Sunday * 13 Soul

WEBLINKS: www.rain-web.de


Background
I don't know what it is about a vocalist such as Jon Bon Jovi that makes some singers intent on mimicking his style, but there have been a fair few imitators down the years. And for anyone still looking for a vocalist like Paul Laine to burst onto the scene and make Jon think about consulting his lawyers once more, along come Norwegian rockers Rain. Though German lead singer Michael Bormann may reject the thought that he and his fellow bandmates are just another Jon Bon clone, but there is no getting away from the fact that his voice - and Rain's material - sounds uncannily like that of New Jersey's finest, and as long as they keep recording material such as 'Sentimental Sunday' such comparisons will continue to be made.


The Songs
Clearly, Rain are unashamed flag waivers for classic hard rock as defined by Jon, Richie, Tico, Dave and Alec, but on the superb 'Everytime You Go' they display their intention to carve out their own style rather than recycle previously overused riffs and melody lines. Also, 'Talkin' To An Angel' has a modern edge to it without any pretensions and 'Aint Found Heaven Yet' is incredibly catchy and at least takes a few chances. Whether a 'new' Bon Jovi is something that the music scene necessarily needs or wants, there's no denying that on songs such as 'Anywhere The Wind Blows', the acoustic driven 'No Such Thing' and scorching opener 'Bad For Everything', Rain make some damn fine melodic hard rock. These songs (as well as a few more I could care to mention), do sound a little like outtakes from 'New Jersey' era Bon Jovi, so at least the syrupy pop of 'Walkaway' balances things up with references to Jon's more recent 'Destination Anywhere' solo album.


In Summary
Perhaps that is a cheap shot, considering most bands wear their influences on their sleeve, but despite the fact they are talented writers and performers, Rain possibly display their influences more prominently than most. I don't want to detract from the fact there are some quality songs on this demo, but part of me wonders if Rain should perhaps lose the Bon Jovi-isms in order to carve out their own musical identity. So, I guess the decision you will have to make when these demos are re-worked into a debut album later this year is whether or not you like Bon Jovi, because if you do, the chances are you will like Rain too. However, if you think music in the new century ought to be a little more innovative, then you probably won't. As for me, I'm caught in the middle, so in the meantime, sing it with me: 'I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride..'


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