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Hugo - 2000 Time On Earth

ALBUM: Time On Earth
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2000


LINEUP: Hugo - vocals, keyboards, drums * Adam Holland, Vinny Burns, Joey Sykes - guitars * Tom Nissen - bass * A Zeke Daner - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Can't Stop Loving You * 02 Tell It To My Heart * 03 Last One More Time * 04 Anyone In Love * 05 Fine * 06 Blues For You * 07 This Love Song * 08 I Will Be Waiting * 09 Our Love Will Be There * 10 Magic Power * 11 Time On Earth


Probably another applicant for AOR hero of the current day is Hugo. The ex Valentine frontman has been keeping busy in the last wee while, and has followed up his critically acclaimed debut album with this his second effort 'Time On Earth'. A much more smoother and mature effort this time around, and funnily enough, sounding more North American than it's predecessor. Sure, I liked that debut too like a lot of other people, but I think I prefer this one, due to it's rounded out sound, more in keeping with a well produced AOR artist. Picky? Yeah more than likely.. Well, the Journey-isms are still there and thats fine by me, but really lets face it, Hugo will never change his influences so any comparison to Steve Perry is a given. Notwithstanding, we get a smorgasbord of Journey, Boston and Valentine/Open Skyz in here. So lap it up. I am. The album was produced in New York with the help of Tom Nissen.

The Songs
A consistent set of songs, no real weaknesses, and material that plays well from Track 1 to Track 11. Highlights for me include the infectious 'Tell It To My Heart', a graceful ballad called 'Anyone In Love' which moves in the same key as Joe Lynn Turner's classic track 'Endlessly'. The majesty of the title track 'Time On Earth' is reflected by some shimmering guitars and atmospherics while we also get a superb cover of Triumph's 'Magic Power', a Hugo favourite by all accounts. This is just as good as the original. I wonder if Rik Emmett is looking over his shoulder?

In Summary
Most of what we get here is not earth shatteringly original, but it's delivered with a conviction by someone who truly believes in his craft, and is rekindling the melodic magic of hard rock as it was a few years ago. Hugo's material is a god-send for AOR starved pagans like myself, and I wanna see more of it. This is a great investment for those Journey fans who want to partake in a side-dish to the new Two Fires album. Get it while it's hot!

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