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Amboaje - 2016 All About Living

ARTIST: Amboaje
ALBUM: All About Living
LABEL: Melodic Rock Records
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Toni Amboaje - lead and backing vocals, guitar * Ruben Alvarez - guitar * Luis Melero - bass * Alejandro Banco - drums * Santi Novoa - keyboards * Ruth Suarez, Alvaro Barcena - backing vocals * Paula Rojo - duet co lead vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Over And Over Again * 02 All About Living * 03 Rise & Fall With You * 04 Able * 05 Five Years Gone * 06 Gotta Be A Good Girl * 07 Something To Say * 08 Give Me The Real Thing * 09 It's Always You (with Paula Rojo) *10 Feels Like Saturday Night * 11 My Heart Is Strong * 12 Once



Spanish singer Toni Amboaje knocked around the Spanish rock scene for a few years before garnering more attention with a nice run on the Spanish version of the reality talent show 'The Voice'. So armed with experience and recognition, he set out to record his first solo album. Signed to MelodicRock Records, he put together a crackin' band and recorded this fine album.

The Songs
Amboaje has obviously been paying attention to what's been going on in the U.S. for the past decade or so. Not only rock, but he's probably turned on a country radio station or two. Those influences are all over this album. This is much less the 80s' sound and much more the modern style, similar to artists like 3 Doors Down and Daughtry. There are some solid rockers like 'Over And Over Again', 'All About Living', 'Five Years Gone', 'Gotta Be A Good Girl', and the party anthem 'Feels Like Saturday Night'. There are some nice moody tracks like 'Rise & Fall With You', and 'Able'. The ballads start slow and build to a nice peak. 'Something To Say' is a great example of that. 'Give Me The Real Thing' and 'It's Always You' (a duet with Paula Rojo, who sounds an awful lot like Issa) have more of a country rock flavor, but not to the point they drastically change the flow of the album. 'My Heart Is Strong' and 'Once' close the album out on a strong note.

In Summary
This will have more appeal to those who enjoy the more modern U.S. sound, but I definitely believe everyone should check out the clips that are widely available on places like YouTube. There are a lot of excellent songs on here, and it's a very impressive debut. Amboaje has a bit of an accent that differentiates him from the U.S. vocalists, but his voice is strong and powerful. The album has a great production too. Another winner for the year.

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