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Artist: Brian McDonald Group

Title: Voyage

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Category: Prog/AOR

Year: 2003

Label: Atenzia Records

Catalog Number: ATZ02010


Brian McDonald vocals, bass, guitars, keyboards, drums
Reb Beach guitars
Sam McDonald percussion
Liam McKenzie bagpipes
Mozart Force Ensemble strings
M.W. Brass brass


1.  Intimate  5:29
2.  Where You Are, Where I Am  3:12
3.  In the Shadows of Angels  4:17
4.  Phoenix Rising  4:54
5.  The Night You Said Goodbye  3:51
6.  Voyage  6:02
7.  Patriot Dreams  5:20
8.  Out of Time  4:52
9.  Between Heaven and Heart  3:30
10.  Normandy  6:19
11.  Legend  6:43
12.  In a World Made for You  4:10
13.  Unfinished Bridges  7:17
Total Running Time:  65:56

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From: AOR freaky Date: August 16, 2004 at 5:15
I was disappointed when this record was released. Some had promised us pomp heaven, but it's far from that. Not a bad record, by no means, but not the great record we could have expected. Decent AOR with some (very little !) pomp influences, nothing more, nothing less !

From: TIM (2) Date: August 16, 2004 at 5:28
We've agreed on far too many albums recently Freaky, so is about time we disagreed! I love this album. "Wind It Up" was a killer too, but was perhaps a little too contrived. Clearly replicating the Def Leppard/Winger sound it was very immediate, but this is the opposite. A few listens and I was hooked. Lyrically this is a big step forward (listen to the stunning "Patriot Dreams" for proof), and even has a half-decent mixing job for once. Great stuff. 9/10.

From: Geoff Date: August 16, 2004 at 6:21
While I don't mind this fella, I just think he overdoes all of this stuff. Fair enough he wants to sound like Def Leppard, but for me this is just too much of everything, and in the end I don't really dig it at all, even if I didn't mind 'Wind it up'.

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From: Jez Date: August 16, 2004 at 15:27
Superb in every department, so Have to agree awith you TIM. i loved the 'Wind It Up' album aswell, but this surpasses that one in every department. One of my faves of the last few years.

From: Wotty Date: August 16, 2004 at 16:26
Class,Hi-tech AOR,it needs a few listens but then the talent shines through.Wind It Up was cool,this is better.

From: oliver Date: April 26, 2005 at 7:26
bought this when reading all the great reviews, but i´m disappointed. this isn´t melodic or pomp rock, this is imo too much prog rock. can´t see the comparisons to def leppard. sounds to me much more than kansas. and mr mc donalds vocals are something i can´t hear too long. so if you´re into the true melodic thing (like me) - check before buying. will sell my copy on ebay.

From: metalmaniac777 Date: December 10, 2005 at 21:10
"Desperate Business" sounded like Bon Jovi (and Winger). "Wind it up" mimicked Def Leppard. On this 3rd CD, Mr. McDonald has kept some of the Def Lep sound but mixed it with some prog influence that just doesn't work. It's too polished, too slick, full of so much sugar that you feel yourself going into the musical equivalent of diabetic shock. The instant hooks of "Wind it up" have been traded for intricate (i.e., boring) prog-rock arrangements, making this one AOR voyage not worth taking.

From: Axe-Machine Date: January 18, 2006 at 7:22
Def Leppard meets Styx? A bizarre combination, but ends up as one of the most satisfying records I have heard in recent times. Pomp in the greatest sense of the word with Dennis DeYoung-like keyboard solos here there and everywhere. Also, I have to commend this guy's mixing skills. He loves to use a million different sounds on every track, and it sounds amazing as he actually has the ability to separate everything and make it unique. Great backing vocals too! Pomp AOR heaven! 9/10.

From: z4roxx Date: December 11, 2006 at 12:47
maybe musically it’s a little bit inferior than”wind it up”,also the arrangements are more poor but the talent of this artist it’s evident.I hear less Winger and more R.Springfield approach here,strange usin’of choruses and vocals sometimes makes great this cd and this artist IMO.

From: Japangea Date: June 11, 2007 at 0:34
Joe Elliott-ish vocals,Styx-ish orchestra-backings together with Robbie Valentine-ish AOR/pop feeling are mixed on this album.Why many of them say something negative? I wonder....

From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 5, 2011 at 13:32
A Pomp/Prog/AOR release... despite some not too satisfying comments,i quite liked it though..."Intimate","In The Shadows Of Angels","Phoenix Rising"(great song ala Styx),"The Night You Said Goodbye"(reminded me of the band Chicago),"Voyage","Normandy","In A World Made For You","Language Of Love"(great song,japanese bonus track)& "Only You I Need"(nice song,japanese bonus track)are top notch tracks...a different concept than his highly pleasant "Desperate Business"(1987) but still gets the attraction needed...95/100

From: CLOUD FORCE Date: October 19, 2014 at 12:25
Desperate business is his best album.period.said that,Voyage is a masterpiece.superb pomp AOR with prog touches,and ultra catchy choruses.the album that modern Winger never wrote.

From: hair metal again Date: March 30, 2016 at 8:58
very good pomp rock ,performed in a smooth way with pretty fine musicianship and some remarkable hooks!But on the other hand the songs are missing something and overall the whole thing is a bit over the edge and it gets tiring!interesting release though ,worth buying if you find it cheap

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