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Peterik And Scherer - 2015 Risk Everything



ARTIST: Peterik And Scherer
ALBUM: Risk Everything
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 686
YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Marc Scherer - lead vocals * Jim Peterik - guitars, keyboards * Mike Aquino - guitars * Ed Breckenfeld, Nick Rich - drums * Klem Hayes, Bob Lizik, Bill Syniar - bass * Toby Hitchcock - lead and backing vocals * Alex Ligertwood, Shoshana Bean - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Risk Everything * 02 Chance Of A Lifetime * 03 Cold Blooded * 04 Desperate In Love * 05 Thee Crescendo * 06 The Dying Of The Light * 07 How Long Is A Moment * 08 Brand New Heart * 09 Broken Home * 10 Milestones * 11 Independence Day

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WEBLINKS: www.jimpeterik.com


Background
Let's admit it. There's a huge bunch of Survivor fans here at GDM. I'll also go one extra by adding fandom for Pride Of Lions. All glued together by the talented Jim Peterik, whose career doesn't need any reminder here. A busy man, his latest Frontiers effort with fellow Chicago based singer and professional jeweller Marc Scherer is a catchy affair which has certainly spent a few hours on GT's GDM death-deck the last few weeks. Scherer is the surprise package here, formerly the lead singer with the band Lovecraft, his exploits became known to Peterik during a studio session in Peterik' very own premises. From there, the duo collided in a melodic explosion called 'Risk Everything'. The break-out performance of Scherer follows a similar path to Pride Of Lions vocalist extraordinare Toby Hitchcock who performed remarkable deeds on that début POL album back twelve years ago.


The Songs
This album has been a constant companion the last wee while. Some of the songs here are just simply enjoyable. The lead-off title track 'Risk Everything' is just so hook friendly you needn't bother throwing a line to catch the fish! And it doesn't stop there. 'Chance Of A Lifetime' is straight out of the Pride Of Lions songbook, while 'Cold Blooded' shares Dakota and Pride Of Lions attributes. The exquisite acoustic guitar leads the rather lovely 'Desperate In Love', which brings Toby Hitchcock into the equation. His effortless melodic power is much missed. Get this bloke back into the studio please! I love the song title, and while 'Dying Of The Light' might veer toward the new age/spiritual path, it's still a lovely song. The ballad on the album is 'How Long Is The Moment', once again featuring Hitchcock upfront. 'Brand New Heart' kicks into prime-time Survivor mode, bringing back memories of the late great Jimi Jamison. 'Broken Home' is like the sticky pud moment of the album. Dense and thick with honey-laden melodies, so thick you'll be licking it off the spoon! 'Milestones' has some interesting melodies, not your usual sort of track, certainly left of center, with a hint of Pride Of Lions in the mix. Things get a bit brash for the closer 'Independence Day'. It has a very patriotic vibe to it, perhaps Jim will create a video around it one day!


In Summary
If there's three things I've learned about this album, it is this: Marc Scherer is a fantastic new talent, whom I'm sure will be a familiar figure in years to come. Second; Toby Hitchcock needs to get back on the horse. This guy is an extreme talent. I didn't give him a 100/100 for nothing a few years ago. Thirdly, someone should sign Jim Peterik as a talent spotting agent. I would go one further and suggest Jim's in the wrong game. He should be an agent rather than a musician. Just kidding! Some good fun tunes here, quite bright and breezy, and atypical of American AOR as it used to be.


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#1 | gdazegod on June 29 2015 22:40:58
Peterik/Scherer - 2015 Cold Blooded
[movie=youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QBdhQ8uFVs[/movie]
#2 | roadrunner158 on June 30 2015 11:35:59
I must admit that - while undoubtly of very high quality - all of Jim Peterik's releases tend to be a little bit "samey". Typical songwriting trademarks, typical production style, typical guitar and drum sounds, the major (only?) difference being the vocals. If you want to give it a positive spin, Jim Peterik ist consistent on a high level. To me, Peterik/Scherer is an enjoyable release with a few highlights (Risk everything, Three crescendo), but I didn't get too excited. I would probably rate it a little bit less favorable, more like 7.5/10.
#3 | jeffrey343 on July 01 2015 15:51:36
I realize it would be lazy to say this is basically a combination of the styles of Survivor and Pride Of Lions, but that is a pretty accurate way to describe it. A few songs definitely have that older Survivor sound ("Brand New Heart" being one). Marc Scherer is another good find, as his voice fits somewhere between Jimi Jamison and Toby Hitchcock.

I'd gathered some thoughts in case no one else had planned to review this. I think George's review is very close to what mine would have been. I think 8.5 is also where I'd put this. I think some of the lyrics are a little on the sappy side for my taste, with "Thee Crescendo" and "Milestones" being the prime examples (although I do enjoy both of them). I don't know that I've ever heard the word "reverie" in a non-Peterik song. "How Long Is A Moment" sounds a lot in places like a certain mega ballad from Journey, doesn't it? My wife picked up on that immediately ("Can they do that?" she said). And "Cold Blooded" is an instant classic to be sure, with an enjoyable video featuring Lee Ann Marie from the Survivor "I Can't Hold Back" video - she still looks stunning to my eyes. However, there is some sloppiness in the song that bugs me. Scherer and Peterik don't have their vocal entrances in sync in the chorus in a couple of places. Surely it isn't intentional. But it is identical in the video to the recorded version which was surely done in the studio. I personally would have cleaned that up. And while Peterik is a capable guitarist, the solo could have been a little stronger (something George The-Jack mentioned to me a couple of months ago).

Overall, a strong effort, and it's getting a good amount of play this summer. It'll work nicely when I'm in the mood for some AOR on the more mellow side.
#4 | richardb on October 15 2017 16:16:32
OK it's not earth shatteringly original, however it's unahashamedly upbeat and let's face it the perfect tonic for these troubled times we live in at the moment. The album opens strongly with the upbeat duo of 'Risk everything' and 'Chance of a lifetime'. However my fave cut has to be the delightful 'Thee crescendo' - one for hopeless romantics everywhere and guaranteed to lift your flagging spiritsThumbs Up
 
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