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Revolution Road - 2013 Revolution Road



ARTIST: Revolution Road
ALBUM: Revolution Road
LABEL: Avenue Of Allies
SERIAL: 13-10-0058
YEAR: 2013

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LINEUP: Stefan Berggren - lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar 2, 9, 10 * Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards, hammond and backing vocals * Francesco Marras, Carmine Martone - lead and rhythm guitars * Paul Logue - bass * Francesco Jovino - drums

Guests: Alex Beyrodt - guitar solo 5 * Thomas Jakobsson - additional rhythm guitars 9 * Marcus Jidell - lead guitar solo and additional rhythm guitars 6 * Stefan Jonsson - lead guitar solo & additional rhythm guitars 2, 9

TRACK LISTING: 01 Wings Of Hope * 02 Shooting Star * 03 Revolution Road * 04 Hold On * 05 Ain't Gonna Give My Heart Away * 06 Love's Got A Hold On Me * 07 Losing You * 08 Take Your Love To Town * 09 Pretending Hearts * 10 Balloon

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Background
Here's the third instalment of Avenue Of Allies releases for November 2013. It's the new outfit Revolution Road, featuring Swedish singer Stefan Berggren. Two bands that have previously featured Berggren's singing skills have included Snakes In Paradise and Company Of Snakes. Both are hard rock/bluesy types of bands, perhaps giving us an indicator as to what to expect with Revolution Road? Err no, not exactly. This album is Melodic Rock Central. No two ways about it. There's a strong backline of mainly Italian players here: Del Vecchio and Jovino had teamed up earlier in Hardline, the guitar duo of Francesco Marras and Carmine Martone have appeared on other recent hard rock projects associated with AoA, while Scotsman Paul Logue comes from UK melodic rockers Edens Curse. He's the only other non-Italian onboard.


The Songs
I'm not sure why it took me slightly longer to get to this album ahead of AoA's other two November releases: Roadfever and Fate. This is bloody good actually. Berggren has a pleasing voice, but it's the quality of the songs that win me over. Some cool synth sequences kick off the opener 'Wings Of Hope', a solid melodic rock track that is boisterous without going over the top. 'Shooting Star' has a sound which reminded me of those British Lion demos from the early 90's. I like the acoustic/electric hybrid, plus Del Vecchio's organ work. Great stuff. The title track is next, taking a solid but slower tempo path. Berggren's vocal is impassioned and convincing. Raw guitars are the order of the day for 'Hold On', which reminds me of Mario Percudani's band HungryHeart. The guitar solo on this is cool too! It might have a long songtitle, but 'Ain't Gonna Give My Heart Away' is the album's change-up moment, reverting to that aforementioned rock/blues mixture reminiscent of Berggren's previous bands. 'Love's Got A Hold On Me' is a standard melodic rocker that doesn't give too much away. I much preferred 'Losing You', which contains more AOR attributes and is therefore more appealing to me. 'Take Your Love To Town' operates at the Gotthard and Whitesnake level with its stomping rhythm section. 'Pretending Hearts' is a different story altogether, a midwest styled tune which puts the electric guitars slightly toward the back of the mix. 'Balloon' the album closer perhaps typifies the album's theme and overall direction. There's a hint of Thunder (UK) in it, and is a solid blues laden rocker all the way to the end.


In Summary
Revolution Road is a good steady album, more a remnant of previous decades styles than anything modern. Perhaps the only things missing were moments of true brilliance, one where the listener could say 'wow, that was excellent, let's play that one again'. Still, if references such as HungryHeart, Whitesnake and Thunder (UK) appeal to you, then you'll be at home here. Worth a shout, and another great addition to the AoA roster.


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