3.Am I Wrong
4.I Still Recall
5.No Looking Back
8.Need To Be Free
9.Living Without Lovin’
10.Waiting In My Dreams
11.To Hell And Back
Magnus Weidenmo – Lead Vocals
Christian Antblad – Lead & Backing Vocals
Kristoffer Lagerstrom – Lead & Backing Vocals
Tommy Denander – Guitar, Bass, Keyboards
Michael Thompson – Guitar Effects
Randy Goodrum, Anders Theander – Keyboards, Percussion
David Foster – Piano
Marcus Liliequist – Drums
01. Killing Me
02. If He Loves You
03. Under Southern Skies
04. Strength To Carry On
05. Ghost In The Night
06. Without Warning
07. She’s Gone
08. Fire With Fire
09. Save No Prisoners
10. Wish You Were Here
Steve Newman – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Rob McEwan – Drums & Percussion
Shaun Besant – Lead Guitar on If He Loves You
2. Crazy Crazy
3. Its Only Rock ‘N’ Roll
4. What Would Your Daddy Do
5. Tonight (Your Mine)
6. Girls Like You
8. Who Do You Think You Are?
10. Something for the Weekend
11. Don’t Know Why I Love You
13. Money [Live]
14. Its Only Rock ‘N’ Roll [Live]
If there ever was a band that closely resemble what contemporary Melodic Rock is all about, is Work Of Art. A young and refreshing up and coming Melodic Rock / AOR monsters that blow through your speakers with a strong polished sound that captivates your every sense of rhythm and groove.
The very talented Swedes took the world by storm in 2008 when they released their debut album titled “Artwork”, your classic Toto, Giant influences were all there but a special totem of skillful and top notch quality songwriting & musicianship was also refreshing to hear.
The whole record provided the listener with a consistent sound that resonated long after.
Now WOA is back with the all challenging sophomore release titled “In Progress” and what you have here is a continuation from where the debut left off.
I have to admit that this release is one of the most anticipated for me as a big AOR fan, aswell being an admirer of lead singer Lars Säfsund, owner of the best pipes recently emerged in the genre, and the skillful, solid songwriting work of Robert Sall, who also does a great job on both guitars and keys.
Opener “The Rain” grabs hold of your attention with immediate effect, with a bouncing riff beneath a glorious vocal melody.
“Nature Of The Game” lifts me back to the good ol’ days of the likes of Bonfire and the Stage Dolls and, like the opening tune, has a lovely little guitar break of sorts from guitarist Robert Sall, who also multi-tasks as keyboardist.
“Once Again” is really well assembled track with a nice keyboard solo moment and yet more neat six string work.
“Never Love Again” was originally written for the W.E.T album. This tune has a node to Gods Journey, an up tempo song with a positive message.
“Eye Of The Storm” is one of the best produced tracks on the album. The intro riff has actually the exact same chord progression as the verse riff for ‘Whenever You Sleep’ (from the debut album) but in a totally different arrangement.
The boys’ balladry skills are called upon on “Until You Believe”, another song originally penned for W.E.T, a really nice midtempo resembling, again, mid-eighties Journey.
A rather big, deep keyboard intro kicks up “The Great Fall”, a bounding romp of riffage and melody all wrapped around a memorable hook of a chorus. A prototypical quencher number with addicting keyboards melodies that plow forward with a super additive of AOR flavor like it should be done.
“Call On Me” has a really summerish vibe. The kind of song you want to crank while cruising down Sunset boulevard in your cabriolet.
Perhaps the strongest musically produced song on this CD is the faster burner “Emelie”, an homage to true heroes like Toto providing the listener with a taint-less atmosphere indulged in a heartfelt ballad. Fine vocal performance delivered by Lars and I really should mention here drummer Herman Furin tasteful beats.
“Fall Down” is piano led but with a smooth production, great musicianship and a catchy chorus.
On “Castaway” it’s time to pick up the acoustic from the corner of the room for the underlying of this particular song… but it soon turns to a full-on rocker.
Still those fab melodies continue, a nice swirling keyboard piece introduces us to “One Step Away”, a song that really pays tribute to westcoast legends such as David Foster, Toto, Chicago or Mr. Mister. It really ends the album on a high note.
When we closely break down this 2nd album by Work Of Art, we find a band playing in their comfort zone and not really deviating much from the formula brought forward on their debut.
Lars Säfsund is a truly talented singer, elevating each song with precision and sureness, and Robert Sall’s job on all departments is outstanding.
“In Progress” is one of the albums of the Year, an approved and sealed winner in all areas; vocals, songwriting, musicianship and production.
These guys along with a few other veterans, are the future of a genre that while is a delicate and a acquired taste, they do have a very good following around the world.
They’re not a WORK ‘In Progress’ anymore, is just another piece OF ART.
01 – The Rain
02 – Nature Of The Game
03 – Once Again
04 – Never Love Again
05 – Eye Of The Storm
06 – Until You Believe
07 – The Great Fall
08 – Call On Me
09 – Emelie
10 – Fall Down
11 – Castaway
12 – One Step Away
Lars Säfsund – vocals
Robert Sall – guitars, keyboards
Herman Furin – drums
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01. Let The Hammer Fall
02. Steal Me
03. Maybe Tonight
05. It’s Over
06. Why Does Our Love Have To End
07. All Your Love Tonight
08. You’re Gonna Lose Her
09. Time After Time
10. Standing In The Line Of Fire
11. Set The Night On Fire
12. Love Is Just Another Word
Tony Mills- vocals
Steve Harris- guitar
Paddy McKenna- keyboards
Roy Davis- bass
Alan Kelly- drums
Romeo’s Daughter were UK answer to the popular American Melodic Rock bands such as Journey and Foreigner.
John ‘Mutt’ Lange produced their debut album and was slated to produce “Delectable”. Fate, however, had something else in mind.
The band was delayed due to Mutt’s schedule and, eventually, had to move on without him. They also lost their record label and were forced to go the independent route.
Unfortunately, they were unable to break in America and ended up as one of the bands in the ‘should have made it’ file.
Long time out of print, “Delectable” now it’s being re-issued, remastered and with a bonus track.
The album has shades of female fronted AOR / Melodic Rock bands – such as Scandal, Bad Sister, If Only – in that fantastic vocalist Leigh Matty doing an amazing job.
She was backed by a tight band that excelled at rocking out and producing smooth, melodic ballads.
The best songs are upbeat such as “Have Mercy” which sounds like it could easily be reworked into a Def Leppard classic.
“Addicted To The Animal” should have been a huge hit as this one really rocks.
The band sounds pretty americanized on “Nothing But Love”, specially on the catchy chorus.
“God Only Knows” is a heartfelt track as is the beautiful mid-tempo AOR “Treat Me Like A Lady”.
Bonus track “Talk Dirty To Me” is just as tantalizing as the title sounds.
It’s a shame this band didn’t have a few breaks as they had the chops, the skills and the sound to make it big.
Thumbs up for this re-issue, bringing this music back to the fans.
If you missed Romeo’s Daughter the first time around, you will be glad to get a second opportunity to check them out.
Leigh Matty – Lead Vocals
Craig Joiner – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Tony Mitman – Keyboards
Andy Wells – Drums, Backing Vocals
Merv Goldsworthy – Bass
Simon Duffy – Producer, Backing Vocals
03. Hold On
04. One Way
05. Return To My Heart
07. One Step Closer
08. I’m Right Here
09. Standing On the Outside
10. You Drive Me Crazy
11. Just To Think
12. Wake Up Dead Again
Kristoffer Lagerström: Backing and Additional Vocals
Bernt Ek: Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals on “Just To Think”
Jessa Slatter: Backing Vocals
Thomas Vikström: Backing Vocals on “Standing On The Outside”
Mikael Erlandsson: Backing Vocals on “Standing On The Outside”
Sayit: Guest solo on bonus track “Susan”
01. Deep down (There’s a price for love)
04. Love is blue
05. Where do we go form here?
07. Best days of our lives
08. Heartbreak town
10. Forgotten heroes
11. Lonely Nights 2011 (Featuring Matt Black)
12. Dreamer (Radio Mix)
Tony Mills : Lead Vocals
Chris Gould : Lead & Rhythm Guitar
Gareth David Noon : Keyboards
Gareth Vanstone : Bass
Roy Millward : Drums
01. Somewhere In America
02. Bangin’ On My Heart
03. No Surrender
04. Moving Target
05. Long Way Home
07. Alone With You
08. The Main Attraction
09. Better Than Nothing
10. Since You’ve Been Gone
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