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Seven Skys - 1995 Waves And Tides



ARTIST: Seven Skys
ALBUM: Waves And Tides
LABEL: Zero Corporation
SERIAL: XRCN-1233
YEAR: 1995

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Stu Saddoris - lead vocals * Lino Alessio - guitars, keyboards * Scott Thunes - bass * Chris Frazier - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Better Days * 02 Human Kind * 03 Vicious Cycle * 04 Salute * 05 Madness * 06 Waves And Tides * 07 Younger One * 08 Over And Under * 09 Mystified * 10 What Time Is It?


Background
Lead singer Stu Saddoris was first seen singing backup vocals of Saga's 'Steel Umbrellas' album. Later, he and Alessio went on to help form alternative rock band 88 Crash. Overall, picture a harder-rocking U2 but with a lead singer similar to Tommy Shaw, Geddy Lee or Matt Kramer of Saigon Kick. Saddoris, however has a unique voice of his own. Also, notice how the lyrics aren't at all about love or sex.


The Songs
The albums kicks off with 'Better Days', a hard-rocking song full of attitude. 'Human Kind' starts off slow but soon picks up into a mid-tempo rocker with an explosive and catchy chorus. 'Vicious Cycle' is the album's typical power ballad and has a very Saigon Kick flavour to it. But now we come to the highlight track, the moody 'Salute' which starts off with marching band drums and leads into a magical melodic hard rock chorus full of keys and harmonies. The title track 'Waves And Tides' sounds like an alternative rock ballad but is still melodic nonetheless. 'Younger One' is yet another mid-tempo rocker with a catchy chorus. 'Mystified' contains an interesting Frampton-esq guitar solo and the album closer 'What Time Is It?' is a catchy little rocker with a pounding drum beat. It may take time for some songs to sink it but it does tend to grow on you after a few listens.


In Summary
Fans of Saigon Kick or 80's U2 might enjoy this album. Like I've said before, it may take some time for the average AOR fan to get used to but the catchy choruses more than make up for the lack of bombastic keys. It isn't exactly what I'd call grunge but it is almost a fusion of melodic hard rock and alternative rock.


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#1 | gdazegod on May 26 2008 13:51:00
Welcome to the reviewers ranks Kurt!
#2 | KurtmanJP on November 03 2008 20:48:28
Now that I think about it....the vocals on the White Diamond song "All My Love" sound nearly identical to the lead singer of Seven Skys. Just thought I'd point that out.
 
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