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Moonland - 2014 Moonland

ARTIST: Moonland
ALBUM: Moonland
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2014
SPONSOR: Frontiers Haulix Portal


LINEUP: Lenna Kuurmaa - lead vocals * Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards, percussion, backing vocals * Francesco Marras - guitars * Bruce Gaitsch - acoustic guitar * Anna Portalupi - bass * Alessandro Polifrone - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heaven Is To Be Close To You * 02 Open Your Heart * 03 Crime Of Love * 04 Poison Angel * 05 When Love Is Gone * 06 Out Of Reach * 07 Live And Let Go * 08 Cold As Ice * 09 Over Me * 10 Heart Made Of Steel * 11 Look At Us Now * 12 Another Day In Paradise



If you like your AOR somewhere east of Issa and slightly west of Angelica Rylin, then Estonia's Lenna Kuurma operating under the project name Moonland should be next on your musical destination. Kuurma is better known as the voice behind Estonia's other major rock export, the unfortunately named Vanilla Ninja, who released four albums between 2003 and 2006. I remember seeing some YouTube clips of the band and came away with a sense of indifference. Moonland is another thing altogether, and with the backing of Frontiers and their Italian production team, there's some nice touches here. I see some similarity to Finnish wunderkind Jessica Wolfe who came to prominence in 2013. Kuurma is well known in her homeland, also being a TV personality and actress.

The Songs
Lenna comes to the fore on tracks like the effortlessly good 'Crime Of Love', or the faster paced 'Poison Angel', which has some very cool moments including a nifty solo from Francesco Marras. This album thrives when the pace is on. The quadruple string of 'Cold As Ice', 'Heart Made Of Steel', 'Look At Us Now' and 'Another Day In Paradise' prop the back-end of the album up with ease. Elsewhere, the opener 'Heaven Is To Be Close To You' has some mid-paced appeal and announces Lenna's songs admirably. I thought the ballad 'Live And Let Go' was a bit blurgh.. but that was the only song that didn't do anything for me. Producer Alessandro Del Vecchio adds a few modern touches here and there; overall the sound is reminiscent of Daniel Flore's work (re: Find Me and Angelica).

In Summary
Fans of female fronted AOR should enjoy this. It's not particularly heavy, but it does have a batch of good song that with repeated spins could very well leave an indent in your sub-conscious. I like it. Leave the album running in the background while you're doing the housework, or add it to your roadtrip collection and take a trip to Moonland.

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#1 | jeffrey343 on November 14 2014 01:46:16
This is another nice release from the Frontiers assembly line of female vocalists. It's not really that different from the Issa or Angelica albums, although I think this might be the best of them so far. Like all of them, they tend to be on the samey side throughout, although each song by itself is very enjoyable. I agree with George that it takes several spins to really differentiate among the songs. All in all, another fine album this year, although not quite exceptional enough to crack the upper echelon of a very strong year. It's good enough that it will stay in my rotation, though.
#2 | jeffrey343 on June 14 2015 03:16:42
This has been kind of a difficult release for me. I say that as someone who really enjoys this album. I've kept it in the rotation in my car in hopes of getting to where I know the songs really well. It's helping. But the songs, while very good, are so similar that it's challenging to immediately recognize each one when it comes up. There are a few that are immediately discernible - the first two and the ballad that George didn't like (I like it, though). I kind of have the same deal with the White Widdow album last year where a bunch of excellent songs were pretty similar throughout the album, but I was better able to "learn" them.

So, with this one, you get a singer who can "sing the phone book", some file musicians, great production, and a nice collection of catchy songs. I have no problem playing it in heavy rotation. Yet I still struggle with immediately identifying many of the songs when they start. I like this overall better than the new Issa album, but I've been better able to "learn" that album.
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