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Best Of 2014 - 2015 George (gdazegod)

ARTIST: Best Of 2014
ALBUM: George
YEAR: 2015


2014 was funny old year in the world of melodic rock. For those artists that ranked well for me, it was because they had albums that played consistently and often on my death-deck! Looking at others lists, I can say that Jeff is probably my brother-in-arms.. a doppelganger when it comes to his selections and mine. Due to my personal circumstances, I didn't get to review as many albums as I wanted, instead writing in bursts of inspiration rather than regularly. 2015 isn't looking that great on the horizon for opportunities either, as my professional career goes up a notch in terms of responsibility and workload. Crazy, but hey, the moneys good.

In previous years, I've recognised the achievements of those artists who are now no longer with us. In 2014, we lost Jimi Jamison, Fergie Frederiksen, Ed Gagliardi (Foreigner SPYS), John Spinks (The Outfield), Paul Revere (and the Raiders), Jack Bruce (Cream), Joe Sample (Crusaders), Ralph Morman (Joe Perry Project), Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper), Tommy Ramone (The Ramones) and Canadian oddball Nash The Slash. Thanks for the memories blokes!

Without further ado..

White Widdow - Crossfire
This end of the year release from this Melbourne band just gets me everytime I play it. Air guitars, air keyboards and air drums have all construed to giving me sore arms. That, in my opinion is a surefire reason that this album ranks right up there for 2014. Still playing often as we head into February 2015.

Sonic Station - Next Stop
Another album which was in heavy rotation. Much heavier than the 2011 debut, and some terrific songs. In parts, sort of like a heavy proggy Toto. Two fantastic singers, and some classy songwriting all round.

Work Of Art - Framework
These guys keep getting better and better. I like the way they construct their songs. They segue from one album to the next and have an identifiable sound that is theirs and theirs alone. I would love to see them in the studio with a guy like Ron Nevison or David Foster. Wouldn't that be a treat?

Kings And Dreams - s/t
Swedish outfit featuring Dan Bostrom and Peo Petterson. For fans of all the great and recent Swedish releases. Soem grand stuff on offer here.

Michael Paynter - Weary Stars
Well known to Australian TV viewers after his stint on one of those music talent shows. This guy has got a voice to die for, and his music is pitched at the melodic rock/power pop genres, well suited to many of you here. The album is pretty hard to track down internationally, but can be found in Australia (check out JB Hifi.com.au). Some of the songs are very immediate, and overall 'Weary Stars' gets into my top 10 with ease.

Space Elevator - Space Elevator
A surprising entry into my top 10 were the fantastic British combo Space Elevator. Whether it was because they dedicated a song to the Dr Who TV series, or that the band were fronted by the talented and extremely sexy The Duchess (swoon..), there were a bunch of cool songs here which hovered in that melodic rock/prog space. And isn't 'Loneliness Of Love' the greatest AOR song released out of Blighty in 2014? Look forward to Round Two and another visual engagement with that hot catsuit! Hot damn indeed!

Saracen - Redemption
Perhaps just sneaking into the list were British band Saracen. 'Redemption' returns to the musical era of 2006's 'Vox In Excelso'. Dramatic symphonic rock meets metal meets melodic rock. VIE made it into my top 10 albums of the decade, though 'Redemption' is not quite VIE Part 2, there's still a lot to like here.

Triosphere - Heart Of The Matter
I always like to include a heavier album within my mix, and Norway's Triosphere takes the honour this year. They've been around for about a decade, but this is probably their breakout album. There's a connection to Pagans Mind with Jorn Viggo Lofstad making an appearance. Some racy songs, typically heavy, and with Ida Haukland on lead vocals and bass, she is one of the queens of prog metal.

Sunstrike - Rock Your World
Some quickfire hard rock across a dozen tracks from this Swedish outfit. Not original by any means, but compelling enough to play right through and then rewind.

State Of Salazar - All The Way
A unique blend of AOR, these Swedes combine the best of recent artists and make their own blended variant, and sound good doing it too!

Other Highlights
Dynazty - Renatus (heavier direction change.. big metallic songs)
Secret - The End Of The Road (former 91 Suite members.. very good)
Overland - Epic (Steve Overland's excellent AOR effort from the start of the year)
Moonland - s/t (Estonian vocal princess Lenna Kuurmaa delivers a pretty good AOR-ish effort in between Issa and Angelica)
Black Tora - s/t (Rowdy Texan power trio who are steeped in the best of the 80's)

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#1 | gdazegod on January 24 2015 08:55:35
Space Elevator - 2014 Loneliness Of Love
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#2 | jeffrey343 on January 24 2015 19:50:48
I'll have to investigate the ones that I haven't heard yet. I could not get into that Sunstrike album as much as I expected.
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