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Prime Suspect - 2010 Prime Suspect

ARTIST: Prime Suspect
ALBUM: Prime Suspect
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Olaf Senkbeil - vocals * Daniele Liverani - keyboards * Tommy Ermolli - guitars * Dario Ciccioni - drums * Mauro Catellani - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 What Do You Want * 02 I'll Be Fine * 03 Change This World * 04 I Never Knew * 05 I Would Like To Reach The Sun * 06 It Could've Been You * 07 Hear Me Calling * 08 Deep In My Heart * 09 So Strange * 10 Watch Me


Prime Suspect are a new European vehicle featuring membership from two bands, both of which can be read about elsewhere on this website. Those two bands are Italians Khymera and German outfit Dreamtide. In their own right, both have an excellent sound, but the mixing of the two doesn't quite sit right for me. It's like combining a good heady german beer with a fine Italian wine, both lovely drops on their own, but put the two together and.... err hmmm.. you get my point. Daniele Liverani had previously made Khymera into a very lush AOR outfit, their last album 'The Greatest Wonder' was a 2008 highlight, and was a past album of the month. Dreamtide on the other hand were like a more symphonic version of their cousins Fair Warning, but Prime Suspect doesn't infuse any of those attributes on their debut album.

The Songs
It's good competent AOR but no more than that. Some songs do come over quite well, while others cross the soundscape and move on out with the blink of an eye. Tommy Ermolli and Daniele Liverani are both excellent musicians, but the material here doesn't quite do their talents any justice. If they were to lift it up a notch with technicality and to challenge themselves then it might have been a different story. As it is, Prime Suspect are guilty of travelling in cruise control without letting the pedal to the metal. 'I'll Be Fine' with its multiple vocal harmonies and 'Deep In My Heart' are a couple of highlights.

In Summary
Prime Suspect deliver what is an OK album, but not striking any real killer blows either. File away under disappointing.

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#1 | jeffrey343 on April 01 2011 04:38:45
The leadoff song 'What Do You Want' is one of those that sounds like it could have been either a solid mid-80's radio smash from a pop-rock band (like Johnny Hates Jazz or Cutting Crew) or a late 80's / early 90's hit from a band like Alias or many others like that. One of the high points of the year for me. Unfortunately, nothing else on the album measures up to that. Like George said, good competent AOR and nothing more.
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