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Artist: Norway

Title: Arrival

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Category: AOR

Year: 2000

Label: Frontiers/Now and Then

Catalog Number: FR CD 030

Personnel

Glenn Pierson lead vocals, keyboards
Jim Santos guitars, synth programming
Joe Slattery bass
Marty Brasington drums, percussion

Tracks

1.  Givin' It All  5:01
2.  One Night Alone  4:59
3.  Someday, Someway  3:39
4.  I Don't Wanna Love You  4:21
5.  Can't Live Without You  5:41
6.  Sendin' a Prayer (A Song for David)  4:14
7.  When You Close Your Eyes  4:13
8.  Cry Baby  4:33
9.  Find My Way Home  4:04
10.  Hole in My Heart  4:37
11.  Heaven In Your Arms  3:33
  
Total Running Time:  48:55

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From: Dan Date: March 17, 2003 at 0:27
'Welcome to 1985.' Ah yessss.... the glory years of AOR (album-oriented radio for those of you who are Johnny-Come-Latelies; 'AOR' does NOT stand for 'adult-oriented rock'... that's just a made-up term of the '90s). But I digress... this sophomore effort is a classic throwback to times when keyboard-driven masterpieces dominated the airwaves (Journey, Night Ranger, etc.). Their first album Night Dreams was good, albeit woefully underproduced. This time they got a budget. Keyboards and vocal harmonies proliferate the disc. It's softer-edged AOR, primarily ballads and mid-tempo numbers.

Others have knocked this album as being 'too retro'. Not I. I'm a child of the '80s, and this album harkens back to the music of my high school years ('80-84), and is wonderfully executed. The lead vocalist reminds very strongly of Robin McAuley, especially the work he did on the MSG self-titled disc from 1991. If you're a fan of melodic ballads and radio-friendly anthems with a decidedly '80s feel, do NOT miss this album!

Rating: 90/100

Existing comments about this CD

From: kim Date: February 24, 2001 at 4:09
You can hear it for yourself, the rating doesn 't lie either. I never thought a band could deliver such a cd. Mix the best of Foreigner with Harlan Cage and you 've got this album. Highly recommended!

From: Élise Date: March 25, 2001 at 1:53
Hi everybody ... similar at Harlan Cage and the voices of MSG ...its a great bands, great voices & great musicians .....Highly recommended :-)

From: jonnathan Date: June 12, 2001 at 23:43
good hard rock band that has that 80s sound . and there american nj is home

From: karl Date: October 29, 2001 at 2:18
I don't think so. 2 girlfriends of the band and one of the guys himself do not make for a good band or a rating... This is weak stuff and that is that.

From: James Date: November 8, 2001 at 17:24
Very good CD. Great vocals, just the right mix of melody and punch. a solid 8 out of 10. If you like the great bands of the late 70's and early 80's like Foreigner, Journey, Styx, REO, Boston.... then give this a try. the same style, classic.

From: james Date: November 11, 2001 at 10:26
finally figured out who this singer sounds like. It is a Mix of Lou Graham and Jamie Rowe (Guardian & Adriangale).

From: Nitro Date: March 26, 2002 at 4:38
If you wanna buy a bad bad bad cd buy this one this is a kind of bimbo sound don´t deserve a cent. Norway sucks

From: freddy de keyze Date: October 22, 2002 at 3:25
Nitro, keep you stupie comment for yourself, I think you like death metal or alternative crap, not AOR or melodic rock !!!! This is one of the finest new AOR bands, with a sound that reminds me of the mighty eighties ! Good AOR with lots of keys. If somebody doesn't like that, good, but don't call yourself an AOR fan. Their debut is even better, but badly underproduced. Really RECOMMENDED !!!!!!

From: MIKE Date: October 31, 2002 at 14:47
ABSOLUTE GEM OF AOR.BUY OR DIE

From: MALLORCA´S ROCK Date: December 5, 2002 at 8:40
Si te gustan los Jourey este es tu album, es acojonante. Vaya pedazo de musicos

From: AOR freaky Date: December 1, 2003 at 4:37
Boy, is this an underrated AOR band ! But it is one of the very best new AOR acts ! GREAT ! And don't listen to what people like Nitro think they should say ! This is pure AOR HEAVEN ! Don't know when their new CD will arrive, hopefully soon ! And also check out their other releases ! BUY !!!!

From: r.s.- rocks Date: December 27, 2003 at 23:22
The singer sounds like Robin Mc Auley, Lou Gramm or Jamie Rowe ? No way ! These 3 guys all have a powerfull voice- and they wipe the floor with the singer of Norway ! The songs are weak, too. This sounds so dated- no fun listen to this.

From: koogles Date: February 27, 2004 at 14:29
Ignore the German retard above me. The songs are soaring slices of AOR perfection, like Harlan Cage, Kelly Hansen's Perfect World or Airkraft's second one. Big 80s sounding keyboards are welcome in my house anytime, and add big anthem-style choruses, and this is just about as good as music gets. Check out 'Night Dreams' - their debut. Also a very worthwhile release, as Freddy pointed out.

From: MelodicBoy Date: March 4, 2004 at 3:27
I bought 'Night Dreams' because I heard it was Night Ranger-esque. Yeah, maybe if Jeff Watson and Brad Gillis abruptly quit the band and weren't replaced (guitars were almost inaudible). That CD had AWFUL production, so it was hard to tell if there were some decent songs hidden behind the poor sound. WAY too soft. I've heard this one is better, but I got burned once...

From: Rockhead Date: March 4, 2004 at 5:40
Hey melodicboy-like you I thought the 1st sucked due to appalling production. This one IS MUCH BETTER both in terms of production and song quality. If you took the gamble I don't think you'd be upset.

From: MJ (Marla) Date: March 22, 2004 at 20:25
WOW!! Hey james!! You nailed it on the vocals!! I really hear a similarity to Jamie Rowe in this!! With a little bit of Lou Gramm too!! 'Can't Live Without You' is AWESOME!! Loving this!!! I REALLY need to find out more about this band!!!

From: Rycheage Date: April 1, 2004 at 0:21
If you want to lock in on one particular band that they sound so much like then it's long defunct UK pomp rockers Grand Prix. The similarity is startling, you could swear that Pierson is Robin McAuley reincarnated. His keyboard lines are reminiscent of some of Phil Lanzon's work to the point you'd need to check the patent to ensure it's authenticity! When Norway rock out to the max, they cut loose in the style occupied by late eighties guitar oriented acts. They're on the move upwards.

From: zino il tino Date: April 7, 2004 at 15:41
a poor copy of foreigner. the first self produced album was much better. as usually frontiers 'make the difference'

From: MelodicBoy Date: May 6, 2004 at 3:14
Hey Rockhead-did they hire a guitar player for this one? And at least put the mic in the same room he was playing in? That was the main problem with the first one. Maybe the engineer forgot to turn the guitar player's mic on and it got mixed that way. Still not sure if I want to try this one after the travesty that was 'Night Dreams'.

From: AOR freaky Date: May 6, 2004 at 3:53
Believe Rockhead, Melodic Boy ! This is great, great AOR, the way it should be ! Good songs, nice keys and this time a good production ! Dan gives this one also a rating of 90 ! Believe us : if you don't buy this one, you miss one of the best AOR albums from one of the most promising new AOR acts !

From: Rockhead Date: May 6, 2004 at 4:10
Hey Melodicboy-this CD is head and shoulders production wise over the first and is indeed a great melodic rock album. The budget was obviously more than $5 for this one. REcomended!!

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From: Jez Date: May 25, 2004 at 12:16
Great 2nd release and an improvement over the debut (production wise at least) although i didn't think that was too much of a problem with that release. Any way what you have here, as most people above stated is a great 80's sounding AOR album (the Airkraft comparison was spot on Koogles)and one that comes highly recommended.

From: Rockhead Date: July 19, 2004 at 11:52
Dan I have been listening to AOR since the late 70's and it has always been referred to as Adult Orientated Rock!!

From: AOR freaky Date: July 19, 2004 at 13:46
Indeed : AOR stands for Adult Orientated Rock and for nothing else ! And I'm already listening to stuff like this since the late sixties, when we talked about hardrock, spacerock, psychedelic rock (end of the sixties, beginning of the seventies was the time hardrock was born !) and all subgenres (like metal, AOR = adult orientated rock, can't repeat it enough !, pomp, speed, thrash etc. etc. followed some years later ! First pomp, then AOR and then metal and then all new excisting subgenres !

From: JLPRocks Date: July 19, 2004 at 15:15
In the US...obviously, Freddie..and Freaky are from Euro countries, Dan is exactly correct. AOR was the acronym referred to those radio stations that would play ANY track off of an album..and not just the single that was released by the record company. Hence, the term 'album' oriented rock. I've seen the term used differently throughout the years..but THAT is how it originated. To stay on topic....Norway is bland Rock that bores me to tears. Not enough hooks or edge to keep me interested...

From: AOR freaky Date: July 20, 2004 at 7:17
Well, it's different in Europe than over there in the US ! And if this is boring, well, well ! Don't think you are an AOR fan ! This is a fantastic keyboard orientated AOR album ! Fantastic !!!!, what you might think, JLPRocks !

From: jessica96fish Date: July 20, 2004 at 7:17
ok.read the differing thought on this one.and i must say.that if your into that mid 80's sound then this is as good as it gets in this day and age.the singer to me does sound like robin mcauley and the dare singer darren wharton.but to this is a class album.journey grand prix all rolled into one.

From: Dean Date: September 4, 2004 at 19:23
I didn't like the first one because i just could not hear the guitar what so ever. This one fixes the problem and good production helps make this one kick some serious ass. One of the best AOR bands out there and one of the few along with Survivor that finds its way to my cd player fairly often.

From: Geoff Date: September 5, 2004 at 4:06
I don't really like this band - very musically polite, very soft. I can't really pinpoint it, but I'm not a big fan of the debut at all, because they just sound so weak. Here they toughen up the sound a little, but there are still ultra-weak songs - not so much musically, I guess it's more lyrically. That said, 'Cry baby' and 'Hole in my heart' are absolute killers! Just goes to show, then they actually play some rock n'roll they're quite good indeed! Decent CD.

From: Border Rat Date: October 20, 2004 at 13:19
Heaven in your arms is a monster melodic track of the highest order.The crystal clear sound throughout this cd is welcome.Each instrument is well balanced in the songs.I like the keyboards here but the guitars know how to come out and rock when required.The ballad can't live without you is nice.I don't wanna love you has a super guitar riff.Sendin' a prayer and when you close your eyes are more great numbers.All songs are listenable on this cd.I play this cd regularly - great stuff!

From: WILMER AOR Date: October 30, 2004 at 15:34
Pero que banda despues de journey y foreigner y toto estos son unos maestros...que voz es un maestro ........realmente alucinante..wilmerparedes33@hotmail.com

From: Wotty Date: January 11, 2005 at 13:29
It took me ages to get this I'm ashamed to say.But what a stunning album.It refuses to leave my cd player !!!!

From: chinese Date: January 12, 2005 at 6:04
track 5 is my favourite.....

From: roxas Date: May 27, 2005 at 23:26
Another from the glory day's of 2000. This is really great Euro melodic rock, wonderful melancholic keyboard laced sound. Givin' it all starts off with a nice easy tempo and great structure. More of the same from One night alone, someday, at this point you realize this is a quality CD...and then it hit's you..track 4 Out Of This World, just simply stunning, one of the greatest rock tracks to bless my ears. Textbook! We then follow with one of the most powerfully stunning ballads i've ever heard.

From: oliver Date: May 11, 2006 at 10:03
excellent aor/melodic songs. but as some guys posted above the vocals sucks. thin and a bit over the top. with a better vocalist this would have been a 9/10. but listening to mr.pierson i´d rate it only 7,5/10

From: dougie Date: June 15, 2007 at 15:54
Guys, I used to think AOR stood for adult orientated rock...and then I read Classic Rock and my thoughts were somewhat shattered! Its adult oriented radio! I know its does sound crap but there you go. Raise it with them if you're unhappy. In any event its one of the best forms of music on the planet.

From: qwest Date: November 17, 2009 at 14:00
STUNNING

From: Pee Dee Date: March 9, 2011 at 14:57
Not as good as the debut for melodies IMO, BUT THE FINAL TRACK (Heaven in your Arms) was their finest moment so far. Overall, a really great album. 95/100

From: 123charpenay Date: November 19, 2015 at 13:14
in the same world of savannah.a singer with a light voice many decent a o r songs and some hard fm killer songs.the hard songs are the best (track 4.8.9.10).the others songs are decent a o r with a poor production.nothing new under the sun.when norway plays hard it s excellent but it s too much rare.no bonus track on the very very rare japan import.

From: hair metal again Date: April 1, 2019 at 4:05
excellent release for NORWAY with those fine melodic hooks and a massive commercial hard rock sound that strongly reminds me of the 2nd THE STORM release!all songs are very good and catchy and the whole result is y charming!recommended


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