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ARTIST: All 41
ALBUM: The World's Best Hope
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Terry Brock - vocals * Gary Pihl - guitars * Robert Berry - vocals, bass * Matt Starr - drums * Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 After The Rain * 02 Cyanide * 03 Down Life's Page * 04 Mother Don't Cry * 05 Show Me The Way * 06 Walk Alone * 07 Don't Surrender (To Love) * 08 Hero In Your Life * 09 Never Back Down Again * 10 Who Knows * 11 The World's Best Hope * 12 Mother Don't Cry (Acoustic) (Japanese Bonus Track)


Cool name, and a supergroup in the making. Hard to ignore that this is a Frontiers sponsored project considering all the participants onboard here. Terry Brock has been busy of late, with this album, plus his new solo/live CD 'Face In The Crowd' (FRCD 788). Good also to see two stalwarts of the hard rock scene as part of this project, in Robert Berry (Three, Hush, Alliance) and Gary Pihl (Sammy Hagar, Boston, Alliance). All 41 are delivering mainstream U.S hard rock which touches on many influences, probably none more so than Mr Big. I'm sure other influences and soundalikes will seep from the senses as these songs are given extensive air-time by all the pundits and punters. The lead vocals are shared between Brock and Berry, which means there is variation all through the album's running time.

The Songs
Frontiers have released a handful of albums in this style in past years. Peterik And Scherer, Kelly Keeling and last years Roth Brock Project all spring to mind. Some tracks on 'The World's Best Hope' are blatant AOR offerings (and I mean that in a good way), while others are radio friendly rockers which sound a lot more convincing than some recent stuff I've listened to. The pairing of 'Cyanide' and 'Down Life's Page' are fantastic tunes and definitely deserve repeat-plays. The latter sounds like something Jim Peterik would write, it has his trademark signature all over it. 'Show Me The Way' is a pulsing and pumping rocker, Berry's bass lines driving it hard. 'Walk Alone' is equally radio friendly, while 'Never Back Down Again' is a bit tougher sounding with Terry handling the vocal. The ballad 'Mother Don't Cry' sounds similar to another ballad I've heard before, but I can't quite remember what it is. Also, if you own the Japanese version of this album, there is a bonus acoustic rendition of this track too.

In Summary
Production duties are handled by Frontiers in-house engineer Alessandro Del Vecchio, who also handles keyboards. I gave this album an initial listen, and just let the thing drift through the house while doing other work. I enjoyed what I was hearing, so I knew it would get a suitable response when I eventually sat down to write the article. 'The World's Best Hope' has a very warm feel to it, which appeals to me more so than other Frontiers releases. All of the songs operate in the four minute zone, no song goes over the five minute mark. There's a bit of mileage to be had here, see how far you can go.

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#1 | gdazegod on July 18 2017 07:33:26
All 41 - 2017 After The Rain
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#2 | gdazegod on July 18 2017 07:54:25
I'm predicting this album might get bagged by the majority of melodic rockers, for being too generic and suffering from the 'Frontiers malaise'. It's not that bad, truly.. lol
#3 | george_the_jack on July 18 2017 12:28:02
I quite like this one as well George. Terry Brock does always sound excellent on record. I wouldn't say the same for when he sings live though.
#4 | jeffrey343 on October 19 2017 21:01:53
This is a winner for me too. It took a while for some songs to grow on me, but this is now an album I can play straight through a few times a week. I can hear the occasional Boston and older Sammy Hagar overtones in the guitar department. And like any good Frontiers release, it has a song reminding you to not surrender Smile
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