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Two Of A Kind - 2007 Two Of A Kind

ARTIST: Two Of A Kind
ALBUM: Two Of A Kind
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2007


LINEUP: Esther Brouns, Anita Craenmehr - vocals * Fred Hendrix - bass * Ron Hendrix - keyboards * Gesuino Derosas - guitars * Hans in't Zandt - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Light In The Dark * 02 The Longest Night * 03 Little By Little * 04 Give Me A Reason * 05 Heaven Can Wait * 06 Unbearable * 07 Into The Fire * 08 In Your Arms * 09 Whole Again * 10 To The Top * 11 I Die A Little More Everyday


WEBLINKS: www.toak.name

It's not often that you see two ladies sharing the lead vocal duties in melodic rock. Long gone are the days of yesteryear bands such as Tantrum and The Burns Sisters, who both had three lead vocalists. Two Of A Kind is the brainchild of Terra Nova and Aquila kingpin Fred Hendrix. Some of his other TN bandmates appear here also; his brother Ron, and guitar supremo Gesuino Derosas. But the focal/vocal point are the duo of Esther Brouns and Anita Craenmehr. Both have pop backgrounds and influences, and it seems that every e-rag out there has included the proverbial Heart comparison. TOAK are more than the one-dimensional comparison than reviewers give them credit for. Yes, it has that Terra Nova musical backdrop, with incredible vocal harmonies to boot. TOAK are not as heavy as Witness or Saraya, I feel they more aligned to Euro led bands like Laos and Broke N Blue, but with an edgier delivery.

The Songs
Let's start out with the full-on rockers. 'To The Top', 'The Longest Night' and 'Whole Again' impose themselves on your mp3 player in no uncertain terms. Fast paced, full of bluster and high on melody/harmony. The girls alternate and give these tracks a fair dose of musical pheromone. Where Ron Hendrix's keys take center-stage on 'Little By Little', Esther and Anita provide the killer pipes on 'Give Me A Reason' (god, it was so difficult trying to avoid The Corrs song of the same name when listening to this.. lol). The middle of the album is populated with a few mid-tempo/power ballad moments; include here 'Unbearable', 'Into The Fire' and 'In Your Arms'. The final track 'I Die A Little More Everyday' is in the same vein, but the harmonies are lifted even more. Very nice. My only complaint with the album is the drum mix. I wished it was more fuller rather than flatter. I guess you can only have so many mikes in the studio, and in hindsight, it is a weak compliant, because overall, this is pretty good stuff.

In Summary
Like a lot of other reviewers, I wasn't really that pleased with the latest Terra Nova albums. With Two Of A Kind, the TN musos have found their mojo again - albeit playing behind a cute couple of ladies. This is an enjoyable romp, but play it a few times to allow it to attach to your consciousness. If you loved the musical delivery of 'Livin' It Up' era Terra Nova, plus dual female vocals (and vocal harmonies), then Two Of A Kind requires your investigation. Watch out for the names of Esther Brouns and Anita Craenmehr in the future.

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#1 | jeffrey343 on December 05 2008 20:48:04
I've had this one for over a year, and it is definitely some good chick-fronted AOR. Not phenomenal, but very consistent and very good. My fave is 'Little By Little', and 'Light In The Dark' is good too (although I have to watch out for the s word when the wife and kiddos are in the car). The cover ain't bad either. This one is on Rhapsody.
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