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Metropolis - 1999 Metropolis




ARTIST: Metropolis
ALBUM: The Power Of The Night
LABEL: MTM Music
SERIAL: 0681-03
YEAR: 1999

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Stan Meissner - guitars, keyboards, drums, vocals * Peter Fredette - vocals, bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Wild And Blue * 02 The Darkest Side Of The Night * 03 Never Look Back * 04 Walk Through The Fire * 05 Restless Moon * 06 A Million Miles Away * 07 Whatever Is Is * 08 The Eyes Of Love * 09 The Best Is Good Enough * 10 Running After A Dream * 11 The Power Of The Night

WEBLINKS: www.stanmeissner.com


Background
Not since 1992's 'Undertow' have we seen a recorded effort from another GDAZE 'hall of famer' in Stan Meissner. What we do get from Stan any time and every time is a total quality product. This guy rolls out fantastic songs by the barrel-load. I cannot get enough of his material, even when it's not penned under his own name, as with this release under the banner Metropolis. Stan is working in collaboration with singer Peter Fredette who has a history working with another Canadian stalwart in Kim Mitchell. The material on Metropolis is just a further progression from 'Undertow' and his two other efforts 'Window To Light' and 'Dangerous Games', all wonderful albums in their own right. Another highlight of the album are the impressive co-writes going on with each track. I mean, Carl Dixon (Coney Hatch), Bruce Turgon (Warrior, Foreigner), Dean McTaggart (Arrows), Eddie Schwartz, Stan Diamond, and Fred Mollin. The latter a long time musical colleague. Is that a roll call or what? Topped off by a generous production that only a perfectionist like Stan can come up with.


The Songs
Half of the songs are current, written in 1999 while the remaining half go back some years, hovering between 1986 and 1991. One of them is the Darby Mills And The Unsung Heroes track (and album title) 'Never Look Back'. I think most AORsters worth their salt will remember that fantastic version from Darby and her crew. Well the Stan Meissner original is not too bad either. The majority of this is superb AOR, mid paced a majority of the time, and the hooks are incredible. Anywhere within these songs are delicious moments of sheer class, whether it be the intro's, verses, lead-ins/bridges, choruses .. whatever. Songs such as effortless 'Restless Moon', the stabbing piano/ keyboard attack of 'The Darkest Side Of The Night', and 'A Million Miles Away' keep coming back for more. Take a listen to the delightful Toto-like ballad 'The Eyes Of Love' where Peter does his best Bobby Kimball impersonation! For foot thumping and heart pounding AOR of the finest sort check out the amazing 'Walk Through Fire', 'The Best Is Good Enough' and 'Running After A Dream', very reminiscent of Stan's 'Undertow' era material.


In Summary
If there is one album that ended 1999 on a bright note it was this one. Highly recommended. In fact it would go close to being my album of the year! But then again, you get nothing less from Stan Meissner.


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Comments

#1 | Jez on June 14 2008 16:51:06
This was my top release of 1999 and what a release it was. Stan the man is on top form as usual, ably supported by Peter Fredette (Kim Mitchell Band). BUY BUY BUY
#2 | KurtmanJP on January 27 2009 05:16:36
'The Best Is Good Enough' is easily one of the most killer AOR songs EVER. The entire album is great.
#3 | swazi on November 04 2012 10:34:57
If ever someone asks me "what is AOR ?" I would give him this CD to listen to. For me this is THE prime example of AOR music. A must-have.

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