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Hungry Heart - 2010 One Ticket To Paradise

ARTIST: Hungry Heart
ALBUM: One Ticket To Paradise
LABEL: Tanzan Music
YEAR: 2010
SPONSOR: Mario Percudani (Tanzan Music)


LINEUP: Mario Percudani - guitars, background vocals, lead vocals on tracks 3, 5, 7 and 12 * Josh Zighetti - lead and background vocals * Steve Lozzi - bass * Paolo Botteschi - drums, background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Stand Up * 02 One Ticket To Paradise * 03 Let Somebody Love You * 04 Boulevard Of Love * 05 A Million Miles Away * 06 Angela * 07 Love Is The Right Way * 08 Let's Keep On Tryin' * 09 Just A Little Closer * 10 Get Lost * 11 Man In The Mirror * 12 You Won't Be Alone



Back in 2008, we introduced our readers to Italian melodic rockers Hungry Heart (here to known as HH). Their first album was a surprise to many, and it was the Milan based outfit's debut even though they'd started up eleven years earlier in 1997. Thanks to that album, and some good press following on from that, HH are no longer the band that comes at you from the outfield. This time they are in plain view. The band's main man Mario Percudani has been a busy chap of late. Not only did he make contributions to Shining Line's fantastic CD a few months back (I believe he will be that band's lead guitarist when they play live), Mario has also released his solo CD 'New Day' which will be reviewed here shortly. Back to 'One Ticket To Paradise', I'm hearing Danger Danger, modern Bon Jovi and a few of today's contemporary contenders. Zighetti has this Paul Laine vocal going on, and though Laine might have the power and class, he still makes a good role model for Josh. The key to this band is guitarist Percudani, who really is starting to develop a reputation as a class player.

The Songs
The album kicks off with 'Stand Up', it's a simplistic arrangement really (from a melodic rock perspective at least) but somehow it comes off nicely. The subtle synths in the background give it depth, the chorus is easy to remember, and Mario's guitars gives it the substance required of a hard rock song.

If you like Danger Danger circa the Rob Marcello era, then the title track 'One Ticket To Paradise' is recommended listening. Play it loud, that' all I say!

'Let Somebody Love You' is a mostly acoustic ballad with a hint of attitude. It does swing upward on the choruses, and it certainly has its origins back in the late 80's hair-metal era. You could envisage this track being an MTV contender.. for sure.

Without doubt, the highlight here is 'Boulevard Of Love', a cracker of a track which snorts whiskey as hard as it drinks cocaine (as per Pat Travers), a truly great song which tells the entire story of HH's musical conquest in the space of four and a half minutes! Perfect!

Taking a Toto view of the world is 'A Million Miles Away' which presents another dimension of the band. I'm loving the style change, which suggests even more refinement can be had with HH. Very nice. Mario's guitar solo adds the hundreds and thousands. It's also the longest song here at a touch of 6 minutes.

'Angela' sees HH playing with a Giant or Dann Huff like vibe, but without the OTT dabbles that permeates Dann's songs. Still, the comparison is hard to ignore.

'Love Is The Right Way' is a brief Delta Blues like interlude, it's a swamp rocker of the densest (is that a word?) sort. I am transported deep into the Bayou listening to this.

Another of my fave tracks here is the impressive 'Let's Keep On Tryin', a smokin' track with intense riffs and a hard driving back end. Mario delivers some nifty pinch harmonics on his riffs too - a sign of a classy guitar player I reckon!

'Just A Little Closer' is a nice melodic rocker with commercial appeal. It struts along nicely on the chorus, while the verses are slowed up deliberately for maximum impact.

HH get down and slightly dirty on the riff-happy 'Get Lost', I love the way the lyrics and the sentiment meld together on an oft-used English phrase, though on this song it's taken slightly out of context.. all for the better! The vocal woah woah's add to the drama.

'Man In The Mirror'.. now where have I heard that song-title before? Yes, it's the same one that the King Of Pop delivered 20 plus years ago, and as can be expected, HH give us their melodic interpretation thereof.

The album finishes with a delicious acoustic ballad entitled 'You Won't be Alone'. Style wise,think Extreme's 'More Than Words', with a little bit of keyboard backing to fill it out. Very nice.

In Summary
Mostly this is an enjoyable album, and if I was to say, I found it a tad better than the debut CD, which can only be a good thing. Perhaps the only issue is the lack of a beefy drum sound. If there was one, this CD would've kicked serious ass! Still, no complaint about the songs. I notice that the album is drawing good reviews from around the melodic rock planet - and that is to be expected, because it is a good fun album. It's no surprise that this album sounds much better when you play it real loud! Play it through a 100 watt plus home stereo and listen to it come alive. In the meantime, go to your nearest recommended CD retailer and pick this up on CD. A fileshare download would be an insult to this very good Italian band who are on the rise. Support them!

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