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Bitter Suite - 2005 Crime Of Love

David J Petovar - lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, programming
Vocals - George Christon, Don Wilk, Mick Dalla Vee, Carrie Jay, Kelly Brock
Guitars - Steve Crane, Greg Filan, Elio Martelli
Bass - Pete Olster, Lindsay Dumaine
Drums - Randy Black, Craig Brooks

Bitter Suite seemed to be getting a lot of attention in the AOR underground. So with interest tweaked, and a lineup suggesting positive reaction, I set out in search of said item, and I can report that Bitter Suite have been consumed and tasted. Coming up shortly is the verdict, but first a rundown.. Just who the heck is David Petovar, and why haven't we heard of him previously? I am guessing that this material had its origins back in the early nineties, in much the same way as the Paradise album was, which coincidentally, also included a man involved with Bitter Suite. and that is former Kick Axe singer George Criston. A number of other name players hop onboard here: Don Wilk (ex White Wolf), plus solo vocalist and recording artist Kelly Brock. Musically, we are looking at similarities to Canadians Loverboy, Kick Axe, Coney Hatch and the aforementioned Paradise.

The Songs
According to sources, the songs themselves were written in 1991 and 1992, though they have only recently been re-recorded. Metal Mayhem did something similar with last years Workforce album 'Wrecked Welded And Wet'.. an older album getting a facelift. As to the songs here, I'll work through the ones which stood out for me.. 'Forbidden Desires' moves in exactly the same way as 220 Volt's 'Im On Fire ('Eye To Eye'). Man what a doppleganger! 'Hard To Say It's Over' has a typical melodic rock sheen to it, but my goodness, that lead guitar sounds so thin! Flicking through from one track to the next, there is a certain sameyness to the arrangements. Not a lot of contrast to be found, the exception left to the last track 'Bad Boy', a parpy/synth workout that belongs in the eighties for sure.

In Summary
Overall, the sound is stock-standard melodic rock from the late eighties/early nineties. The musicianship in particular is very good. Despite that, I have to say I wasn't totally convinced with 'Crime Of Love'. It isn't bad by any means, but to be honest, it isn't really jaw-dropping either. Considering what else is around, this release could quite easily have passed me by and I would've been none the wiser. I would suggest for those wanting to investigate a past AOR act making waves in 2005, check out New Jersey outfit Boystown instead.


Track Listing:
01 Crime Of Love
02 Prayin' For The Rain
03 Forbidden Desires
04 My Lucky Day
05 Hard To Say It's Over
06 Here Tonight
07 Right Place Wrong Time
08 Look Into My Heart [mp3]
09 Give Me The Night
10 If I Live Tomorrow
11 After The Storm
12 Forever Tonight
13 Bad Boy


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