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Amaze Me - 2013 Guilty As Sin



ARTIST: Amaze Me
ALBUM: Guilty As Sin
LABEL: AOR Heaven
SERIAL: AORH00081
YEAR: 2013

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LINEUP: Peter Broman - all instruments * Conny Lind - all vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Everybody * 02 Lost In A Dream * 03 Can't Stop Loving You * 04 Save Me * 05 Endless Love * 06 With Or Without You * 07 The Pain * 08 Guilty As Sin * 09 On The Run * 10 Dying To Be Loved * 11 Love Is Blind * 12 On Fire

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WEBLINKS: /myspace.com/amazemeband


Background
To be honest, I'd never heard Amaze Me's music prior to this release. A travesty yes, while some would say downright rude! Apologies to one and all considering the Swedish duo of Peter Broman and Conny Lind had released a clutch of CD's back in the 90's. The reason for this 'absence of ear' on my part can probably be laid at the feet of Z Records, a label which does not have a solid relationship with the rest of the melodic rock industry, as many of you are aware. So it's been about a decade and a half since Amaze Me's last release, and it would seem that their return has been met with welcoming arms. The material on 'Guilty As Sin' had been written as far back as 8 years prior. Having read some recent reviews on the Net, some people were more embracing of their return while other opinions waver. I will admit to veering toward the 'embracing side', as a lot of the songs appealed to me instantly.. so for me that's the proof in the pudding.


The Songs
There's a fair degree of foot-stomping drum-work on the opening stanza for 'Everybody'. Not quite Billy Squier territory, but big and brash it is for sure.

The atmosphere on 'Lost In A Dream' is initially ambient, before picking up some hard rockin' momentum in a vein similar to fellow Swedes Ignition.

Then we get to the rather awesome 'Can't Stop Loving You' with a chorus to die for. Mind you, the rest of the song is pretty impressive too. This is one song I will be playing often in 2013.

'Save Me' works toward the tough-end of the melodic rock spectrum. Similar to bands like Angeline or M.ILL.ION.

'Endless Love' shifts between slower almost tender like passages before upping the intensity on the choruses. It's an appealing phase shift which works well.

'With Or Without You' has the same style recently heard on Grand Design's two albums, though without the obvious Def Leppard references. The emphasis on power choruses most always does it for me.

'The Pain' (the song) isn't as painful as the songtitle thankfully, and grooves along within the album's already defined style.

The title track 'Guilty As Sin' is a rollicking 'skipping across the fields' sort of song. The rhythm section changes tempo and direction throughout. Cool song, and another favourite of mine.

'On The Run' reminds me of the many bands that drummer Daniel Flores has been involved with. It's got a cool set of riffs with a well suited chorus.

'Dying To Be Loved' is the first true ballad on the album. It doesn't really come to life until after the 2 minute mark thanks to Broman's guitar solo spot.

'Love Is Blind' features a steady build-up with delicate keyboard and restrained guitar until it all spills over with a big melodic splash on the choruses.

'On Fire' has the same attributes you'll find on some of Tommy Denander's Radioactive albums. Slightly west-coast/AOR crossover in sound, again the arrangement is a winner.


In Summary
I for one am happy to see Broman and Lind back in the saddle in 2013, 'Guilty As Sin' is the sort of album that just keeps building upon every listen, and I'm pretty certain I'll be listening to this for weeks to come. While we're at it, have a read of DarkBlue's interview with Peter Broman (click here).


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