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CD: The Treatment - Waiting For Good Luck
From: 123charpenay Date: July 23, 2021 at 15:35
you want a good dose of hard rock n roll?that s simple,buy this cd closed eyes.very good production,very good singer and catchy,varied songs.the detail of the song:erase track 3 and 10 ,they are some fillers.but the rest..........wow!!!!!!!!excellent!!!!!!track 1 is a hit.tracks 7 and 12 are two super songs with a big gotthard s influence.tracks 6 and 9 have a delicious status quo s influence.the other songs are influenced by krokus.that s difficult to be better!!!!!!!!

CD: Jackson Browne - Lives in the Balance
From: gfranciscop Date: July 23, 2021 at 14:05
Pop AOR with some singer songwriter touches. In The Shape Of A Heart is pretty OK. Quite ridiculous spanish in Lawless Avenue. Some Reggae influences here and there too. Not bad but kinda meh in my opinion. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: In The Shape Of A Heart.

CD: Doug Brons - Audio 1985
From: gfranciscop Date: July 23, 2021 at 13:22
While the album doesn't quite fulfill it's promise to sound like 1985, Faith Hope Love is a really nice ballad that would sound great in any AC radio. Overall I wasn't a big fan of the CD but thought is sounded better than the previous entry. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: Faith Hope Love.

CD: Dantallion - Eight Skate and Donate
From: catgirltoki Date: July 23, 2021 at 5:33
Hello! I know nobody's messaged on here in over 10 years and I'm highly doubtful anyone will see this, but I'm curious as to if anyone knows where to listen to this album? I recall there being a YouTube video with the track Right This Time, but it seems that it has since been deleted, be it by the uploader or for copyright issues? The only way I can figure out how to listen to it is by purchasing it, but everywhere I've checked it is over $200. So is there even a way to listen to this without having to buy it? Or does anyone have any copies of this to upload somewhere, somehow? I highly doubt I'll get a response but I'm gonna try anyway. TL;DR - Is there any way to listen to this album in full without having to spend a bunch?

CD: Dark Star - Dark Star
From: AJManiac666 Date: July 22, 2021 at 22:00
Classic nwobhm! Like the first Def Leppard album it's sounding very classic old school British heavy metal at those times alongside with Ethel The Frog, Iron Maiden, Samson and others. You may actually want to get this piece of classic nwobhm gems!

CD: Universe - Universe
From: AJManiac666 Date: July 22, 2021 at 21:48
Furious swedish metal! Kjelle Wallen is sounding very stellar and echoey. Mr. Kling may not be the Yngwie Malmsteen but great shreds. The killer tracks I can list are almost all of them! I couldn't believe how I discovered them on YT. This is a great metal gem for any metalhead out there! If you really like underground swedish metal GET THIS!

CD: Stryper - In God We Trust
From: AJManiac666 Date: July 22, 2021 at 21:37
30% in my book it somehow does not go too heavy in this one. Sweet sounds like he's singing just like a woman and sounding worse like Whitney Houston. This one gets a little peppy with soft sounding guitars not like Barren Cross or Neon Cross. So I really think this isn't my favorite album by them and I'm sure Against The Law is a great one!

CD: Sons of Angels - Sons of Angels
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 22, 2021 at 18:02
"Cowgirl" got some light Headbanger's Ball airplay in the summer of 1990, and maybe found its way into the lowest reaches of the Z-Rock 50. "Hang on to your pony until you get enough, tell me when you're ready for the funky stuff." "Love's gonna take you for a bareback ride." "Ig you wind her up, she'll throw her hips, she could suck poison from a rattlesnake's lips." Somehow, I think they've been mislabeled as a CCM band on this site.

CD: Mama Kin - In The City
From: gooup Date: July 22, 2021 at 17:29
First song i heard was "Higher and Higher" and thought it was Paul Stanley. Not bad.

CD: Maverick - Ethereality
From: 123charpenay Date: July 22, 2021 at 17:15
the problem of this cd is ......the booklett.it s very dark,impossible to me ,even with my glasses to read anything even if i m not blind.this record is an atomic bomb of hard rock.big sound,big guitars,great songs.no fillers all is excellent.maverick is with crazy lixx the more exciting hard rock band in europe.i don t understand how this talented group have never find a deal with a big record company.frontiers sign one band by day.hey frontiers wake up and open your ears!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CD: Doug Brons - Timepiece
From: gfranciscop Date: July 21, 2021 at 21:58
Westcoast influenced CCM album. Vocally wise is a bit off, the guy's vocals aren't the best out there, just as the mixing. Nice change in It's Been You and jazzy touches on Ten Man. It ends up with a Synth Pop experiment in Elle Va. Overall kinda boring but nice musicianship in some of the tunes. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: It's Been You.

CD: Broken Wings - Broken Wings
From: gfranciscop Date: July 21, 2021 at 21:17
Another one of those albums whose cover tells me I'm probably gonna like the songs. Well, not so sure now, it begins with a Country/Celtic rhythm in Lift Me Up. Then a Pop tune with Suzanna (which reminds me of Kylie Minogue - Spinning Around, where one of the members of the duo worked later), seems I was wrong about the album. Let A Good Thing Die is a nice sounding song with a great production trick in the last half. Fine Now is a huge tune, massive Westcoast here. Glad As Hell reminds me of Whitesnake for some reason, great tune too. It goes a bit all over the place with no focus really, good effort though. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: Fine Now.

CD: Broadcast - Handcrafted
From: gfranciscop Date: July 21, 2021 at 20:22
After a long hiatus they came back with a 90s Pop Rock sound, sounds to me like Bon Jovi or any Glam band in the 90s, specially vocally wise. Like in the previous one, lots of Blues Rock influences in this one too. I don't know, I'm not a big fan of that style. Dirty Angel sounds pretty nice, although the lyrics are kinda off for that kinda ballad. The album gets a better at the end. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: Hungry Like A Wolf.

CD: Chez Kane - Chez Kane
From: 123charpenay Date: July 21, 2021 at 17:30
i can add that danny rexon ,from crazy lixx, make an extraordinary job on this record.he produce the cd,he wrote all the songs and he plays all the instruments!!!!!!!!!!!this guy is a genius.

CD: Broadcast - Step On It
From: gfranciscop Date: July 20, 2021 at 21:47
Weird album this one, they went for a Blues Rock sound (which was getting popular again at the time). Not my style really, most tracks are samey (like Low Ridin' and I Ain't Got). Super forgettable album. Rating: 5/10. Favorite Track: -.

CD: Jim Peterik and World Stage - Winds of Change
From: 780srocked Date: July 20, 2021 at 3:32
Somewhat interesting release with quite an impressive roster of guest star musicians. Very AOR related. Winds of Change features Don Barnes (of 38 Special) and is good, albeit fairly atypical of AOR style music. Proof of Heaven (featuring Dennis Young) sounds very much like Paradise Theater era Styx. The standout track for me is The Hand I Was Dealt (featuring Danny Vaughn) with his powerful vocals and Peteriks' excellent fretwork! Fans of straightforward AOR style music I think will enjoy this release. Mt rating is 78. KoR!

CD: Broadcast - Who's Got The Ball
From: gfranciscop Date: July 19, 2021 at 21:11
Sounding closer to New Wave than the previous Yachty album, but also with Country elements, this one sounds simpler and more Pop Rock oriented. As other Nordic artists they have this brand of dry humor in the lyrics, that makes them sound ridiculous or ironic, depending on who's listening. Rainy Night reminds me of other tunes, maybe the style of Rick Springfield. Heart Loves A Heart is one of those pretty good Mid Tempo tunes. You Break My Heart is also a pretty good ballad. They seem to go a bit all over the places. Ends up with Guardian Angel, a Stadium Rock tune. Over all, they go everywhere but struggle to mantain a line. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: Heart Loves A Heart.

CD: Broadcast - Broadcast
From: gfranciscop Date: July 19, 2021 at 20:23
Intro tune seems like a sped up version of most Yacht tunes from the era. Pasadena Sun Go Down sounds pretty classic, although a bit long. Really nice arrangements, although the English is a bit hard to understand. Very nice sounding songs too. But getting close to the end starts getting boring. But really nice effort for a 1st album. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: Pacific.

CD: Dogbone - Dogbone
From: Aorultima Date: July 19, 2021 at 18:17
Very good album with average sound but song quality.please note that the added demos are with RON KEEL singing with a nickname

CD: Chez Kane - Chez Kane
From: 123charpenay Date: July 19, 2021 at 16:40
sorry hard fm.this record is excatly in the same vein and at the same very high level than beg borrow and steal,witness,darby mills,two of a kind or the storm for example.super production,super singer and only killer songs,absoluty no fillers.if you re fan (like me) of this kind of aor female fronted,don t hesitate,buy buy buy closed eyes.this record is varied track 1.6 and 9 are top class aor songs.track 8.2 and 5 are fantastic hard rock songs.the rest is a wet dream for hard fm lovers.i recommand the rare and expensive japan import cause the bonus tracks is a top class acoustic version of "better than love".

CD: Chez Kane - Chez Kane
From: 123charpenay Date: July 19, 2021 at 16:30
"chez" is a french word.maybe cause the mother of the singer is french.her name is jacqueline.exceptional female frontedaor/h

CD: Wildfire - Summer Lightning
From: hair metal again Date: July 19, 2021 at 10:01
very very good debut for WILDFIRE back in 84 with their sound being somewhere between SAXON,DEF LEPPARD & HEAVY PETTIN !nice catchy melodic lines along with with hard heavy riffs will satisfy most of the listeners especially them who like the NWOBHM movement!"summer lightning","fight fire with fire",'nothing lasts forever" are fine songs indeed!recommended

CD: Bridge 2 Far - Bridge 2 Far
From: gfranciscop Date: July 18, 2021 at 18:10
The cover is the kind that makes me want to listen to the album (with the older guys trying to look smooth). The album begins strong with Heaven On Earth, explosive mid tempo tune. Anyone Out There reminds me of Toto at points. We Got A Way is another mid tempo killer. Ballads are pretty nice too although they aren't downright classics, Hold You Tonight being my favorite of the bunch. Last tune is a bit lackluster. Nice album, but with a bit of missed potential to be a classic. Rating: 8/10. Favorite Track: Heaven On Earth.

CD: Bricklin - Bricklin
From: gfranciscop Date: July 18, 2021 at 14:42
Reminds me of Rick Springfield and similar artists: less sophisticated Hi Tech AOR. Some Stadium Rock and New Wave hints here too. For Her Love is a pretty nice tune. Funky Pop feeling in All I Know. She's Not My Girl is pretty good too. The Sleeping Dream is another nice driving Mid Tempo tune. Pretty nice album, maybe missing a huge ballad to top it off. Maybe I could give it another spin. Rating: 8/10. Favorite Track: She's Not My Girl.

CD: Benni Bilgeri - Bad Boy
From: Erikk Date: July 18, 2021 at 14:05
No hard rock on this one. A strange mix of pop / rock / and bluesy at times. Too many ballads. Overall a Lack of punch in the songs. A band that doesnot know what musical direction to choose.

CD: Bigg Mouth - Bigg Mouth
From: Erikk Date: July 18, 2021 at 13:58
TNT? Well this comparrison is very very inaccurate. Good hard rock with a metal edge. In your face rock as they call it.

CD: Bigfoot - Bigfoot
From: Erikk Date: July 18, 2021 at 13:53
More like modern hard rock.

CD: Big Trouble - The Very Best Of Big Trouble
From: Erikk Date: July 18, 2021 at 13:47
Very poor production. Which is a real shame. Good melodic rock. Some great songs. Style of Trixter. No stopping us now, Take Me, Falling out of Love. Best songs. Released EP in 2014 Long start to a short career.

CD: Big Mouth - Hands Of Time
From: Erikk Date: July 18, 2021 at 13:38
Borderline and Valerie are gems. Excellent vocals.

CD: Big Mouth - Quite Not Right
From: Erikk Date: July 18, 2021 at 13:33
Nothing catchy to be found here. Beastie Boys style rapping/singing. If you can call it singing. Very thin production. Avoid.

CD: Big Money - Moonraker
From: Erikk Date: July 18, 2021 at 13:30
Too much and over the top. The drumming is just awfull. Hit and a full miss IMO 5/10

CD: Dag Brandth - Tranquility
From: gfranciscop Date: July 18, 2021 at 12:45
A bit underproduced Euro Pop album. Not much I could call AOR, closer to Freestyle and Pop melodically wise. Even a random Reggae sounding tune here lol. Probably the most meh album I have listened in a LONG while. Rating: 4/10. Favorite Track: -.

CD: Big Big Sun - Stop The World
From: Erikk Date: July 18, 2021 at 10:24
Pop rock. Nothing special. Voice in similar style of Sting. Closing song is the best for me The Game goes On. 6/10

CD: Big Ball - Hotter Than Hell
From: Erikk Date: July 18, 2021 at 10:18
Has ACDC written all over it. As i think Brian Johnson has one of the worst voices in rock history i cant stand listening to this. If you dont mind that you'd better pick this one up. Great rock tunes.

CD: Big Apple - Rock Area
From: Erikk Date: July 18, 2021 at 10:16
Kinda hit mand miss.They can write a tune but very little consistency in the musical direction. Groove, prg , some rock. Too much of it all. 6/10

CD: Dave Bickler - Darklight
From: Erikk Date: July 18, 2021 at 10:06
Modern (pop) rock. No hooks or big chorusses on this one. Quite laid back at times. Not for me.

CD: Paul Brady - Trick Or Treat
From: gfranciscop Date: July 17, 2021 at 20:26
Westcoast oriented Pop Rock, all tracks are super long for my taste. Nobody Knows is a highlight, one of those which are obvious just listening to them once. Some of the tunes are pretty good, but they seem to be missing something to be winners. Solid Love reminds me of Toto in passages. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: Nobody Knows.

CD: The Box - The Pleasure And The Pain
From: gfranciscop Date: July 17, 2021 at 18:46
Early 90s Pop Rock, reminds me of U2 at some points. Don't Cry is a nice driving Mid Tempo tune. Kinda boring and samey overall, I can't remember anything of what I listened lol. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: Don't Cry.

CD: Rick Bowles - Free For The Evening
From: gfranciscop Date: July 17, 2021 at 17:41
Relaxing Yacht Rock with nice ballads (as most releases of the type) like (Tonight I'll Be Your) Fool Again. Nice sofisticated sounds you can expect at any good AC radio. Super relaxing and laidback. So Far So Good is cool too. Dragon Suite is the long 70s style track to end an album. Good, but could be better, kinda liked it tho. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: (Tonight I'll Be Your) Fool Again.

CD: Bewarp - Funk'd Rapt'n Trash'd
From: Erikk Date: July 17, 2021 at 14:52
Going Crazy is an excellent rock song. Perfect opener. Nothing funky about it. Just pure melodic rock. Excellent vocalist. Everything u wanted could be on any DD album. Rock it Over another nice paced rock song. 7/10

CD: Bewarp - In Your Face
From: Erikk Date: July 17, 2021 at 14:42
In all fairness Pete's singing is not the best on this one. In Your Face is a smashing killer melodic rock track. The lead guitarist shines on this song. Wildside is another rock gem. The voice however.....pff really struggling. And nope doenot come close to Danger Danger.

CD: Best of Seven - Turn It On Again
From: Erikk Date: July 17, 2021 at 14:32
Rockish with a modern sound to it. Ok i guess if you are into that. Not for me this one.

CD: Tyrone Berkeley - To Touch You
From: Erikk Date: July 17, 2021 at 14:21
Laid back well produced album. Pop rock. Never look Back my personal, uptempo 80ies vibe, song.

CD: Ben Schultz Band - Triality
From: Erikk Date: July 17, 2021 at 14:13
Ready for love is a great song. Infectious chorus.

CD: Ben Jackson Group - All Over You
From: Erikk Date: July 17, 2021 at 14:08
Nothing exciting here. Rock with a slight metal edge to it. A lot of bands have done it much better. No hooks or big chorusses.

CD: Belfast - Dream Machine
From: Erikk Date: July 17, 2021 at 14:04
Average at best. No hooks. Vocals are sometimes like Brian Johnson from ACDC( in the song out for blood). Not my vocals at all. Closing song of the album is the best for me. 5/10

CD: Beggar's Bride - Rockin' The Pumpkin
From: Erikk Date: July 17, 2021 at 13:53
This has absolutely nothing to do with melodic rock. Very blend and flat music. Aorish with a moderns twist to it. Voice isnot great at all. Very slow paced. 4/10

CD: Bourgeois Tagg - Yoyo
From: gfranciscop Date: July 17, 2021 at 13:23
Pop Rock with some Alternative influences and some Classic Rock ones too. I Don't Mind At All is an instant hit since second one. Amazing how one you can know just by listening just a bit. Stress reminds me of Yes - Owner Of A Lonely Heart. Coma also sounds Beatles influenced. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: I Don't Mind At All.

CD: Ole Borud - Outside The Limit
From: gfranciscop Date: July 17, 2021 at 12:42
Extremely well performed Westcoast AOR. Very similar to other Nordic projects in sound and approach (lots of brass). Talk To My Lawyer has this combination of dry nordic humor and a nice melody. Nice sounding 80s Pop beats in Outside The Limit. Fast Enough is a groovy ending track. Overall, really nice album, for both fans of Westcoast and 80s Pop/Funk, will love this for sure. Rating: 8/10. Favorite Track: Fast Enough.

CD: Bedroom Love - Dreams Can Be Real
From: Erikk Date: July 17, 2021 at 11:47
Its scandi indeed but nothing special. 3 ballads out of the 4 songs. Doesnot come even close to a.m. bands like Treat or Dalton.

CD: Beast - ...Stay Hard
From: Erikk Date: July 17, 2021 at 11:29
German hard rock with a slight metal edge to it. Fans of the genre have to pick this one up.

CD: Be As One - Chew
From: Erikk Date: July 17, 2021 at 8:43
Excellent opening track. Well crafted, skilled musicians but the main vocals leave to be desired. Sureley not anywhere close to Ted Poley...

CD: Body Electric - Walking Through Walls
From: gfranciscop Date: July 16, 2021 at 21:28
Shorter album this time, with (5!) bonus tracks. As the other albums, Hi Tech AOR with some New Wave influences here and there. I Don't Know Why is a pretty nice tune. Same as with the previous album, it's too long and samey, nothing really stands out for me. It's not bad, but not good either. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: I Don't Know Why.

CD: Body Electric - Body Electric
From: gfranciscop Date: July 16, 2021 at 20:40
New Wave influenced Hi Tech AOR, so Hi Tech they even put the keyboards on the cover (well maybe not so Hi Tech, but more New Wave). Living Two Lives and Somewhere In Time are highlights. The rest is a bit bland for my taste, even when I love Hi Tech sounds. It's too long too (one hour might be a bit too much). Sound quality wise is a bit muddy. Do You Think They Can Tell is also nice. Don't Look Back is probably the best harmonically wise. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: Don't Look Back.

CD: Nine -T- Nine - Keep the Flame Alive
From: AOR1 Date: July 16, 2021 at 20:35
For sure one of the best aor/melodic rock releases that ever came out of germany. All of the songs are ultracatchy and memorable . If this one spins inside my player I always give it 2 or 3 repeats. Can´t see the E.Money comparison with the vocals and I must admit that I´m still not 100% happy with Sharky vocals but the songs are that good this doesn´t really matter. Buy if you can find it!

CD: Paul Bliss - Edge Of Coincidence
From: gfranciscop Date: July 16, 2021 at 18:19
I remember listening to Valiant Heart before and thinking it was a great song. Nice sounding soft Pop Rock AOR with some Hi Tech and Westcoast touches too. Castles On Quicksand is a highlight, together with Valiant Heart, such a pretty song. One In A Million also sounds great but the lyrics are kinda bizarre to say the least. 80s Dance tunes with Telepathy and Law Of The Jungle. Too long to be a relistenable album (16 tracks!). Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: Valiant Heart.

CD: Black Rose - Black Rose
From: gfranciscop Date: July 16, 2021 at 13:46
Hard Rock influenced AOR with Cher on vocals and half Toto. While I don't think she really likes her Rock music, her deep voice suits it. I'm not really sure I like the album. While the performances are great, the songs are kinda bland. 88 Degrees is pretty OK, although a bit long. Some Westcoast touches in Young and Pretty. Meh album for me. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: 88 Degrees.

CD: Bite the Bullet - Black and White
From: gfranciscop Date: July 16, 2021 at 13:02
Almost 4 decades after their 1st CD they come back with this release. AOR as the first one, with Hard Rock influences and 80s sounding synths. As many modern AOR productions, mixing and mastering are a mixed bag. I'll Go is a pretty nice tune. Some of the songs sound a bit closer to modern Pop Rock, some tunes remind me of modern Bon Jovi for example (but underproduced). It's a bit too long for my taste too, and I really can't remember any of the tunes when it ended. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: I'll Go.

CD: Bite the Bullet - Bite the Bullet
From: gfranciscop Date: July 15, 2021 at 22:15
Hi Tech with some Westcoast too, great Midtempo tune with Edge Of The Rain. Cold Surprise sounds surprisingly modern melodically wise. Album ends up being forgettable, although Watershed is a nice ending track. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: Edge Of The Rain.

CD: Stephen Bishop - Bowling In Paris
From: gfranciscop Date: July 15, 2021 at 17:47
High quality Hi Tech AOR by Stephen Bishop; probably not the style he was most popular for, but it sounds really great. Lots of feel good morning mood tunes, so many it seems like a greatest hits lol. In Sleeping With Girls he seems to channel Sting but with a 70s rhythm. haha I was right hearing Phil Collins on Walking On Air spot on. You can clearly hear the difference between each producer in the tracks. Maybe missing a great ballad or a hit single, but a nice album overall. Rating: 8/10. Favorite Track: Kari.

CD: Jagged Edge U.K. - Fuel for your Soul
From: 123charpenay Date: July 15, 2021 at 17:41
i recommand the fantastic reissue from bad reputation (french label).the first record is "fuel for your soul" remastered.the second is the ep "trouble" plus 8 bonus tracks(4 studio/4 live).great job of bad reputation .thumbs up!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CD: Big Money - Moonraker
From: gfranciscop Date: July 15, 2021 at 14:39
Well, just as the first time they go into a bizarre territory with parodic elements and symphonic sounds with bland drum mixing. The orchestra arrangements are great but are a bit too much IMO. Influences of Synth Pop once again in Silverscreen. I'll be sincere, I'm not a huge fan of the band. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: -.

CD: Big Money - Lost In Hollywood
From: gfranciscop Date: July 15, 2021 at 12:44
Nordic Westcoast band; I wonder who were the first Swedes to make a Westcoast AOR band. Drums sound a bit weird and some of the tunes are on the bizarre cinematic side. Not Into It All feels closer to Synth Pop. A bit too weird for me, but I can understand the parodic intention (just seeing the cover should tell you something). Without You is a classic 60's melody in Symphonic Synth Pop package. Cute ending with Snowman. Overall, I wasn't a big fan of the album, but I appreciate the effort. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: -.

CD: Big Big Sun - Stop The World
From: gfranciscop Date: July 15, 2021 at 0:11
Reminds me of Mexican group Maná at some points vocally wise (maybe those guys copied this US band). As people said here, it's Pop Rock with some hints of Alternative. Half of the CD, Revenge gets closer to Hi Tech AOR sounds. Game Goes On is a pretty good closing tune. Overall, a mediocre album, nothing too out of the ordinary. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: Game Goes On.

CD: Beyond Imagination - Beyond Imagination
From: gfranciscop Date: July 14, 2021 at 21:36
Standard sounding Nordic AOR, I like the way this is mastered, warm and punchy, not overly bright as other similar productions. Really nice sounding tracks as Inside Your Eyes. Driving Along The Coast tries to sound "driving" but it ends up sounding a bit bland. Change The Way's riff sounds like The Eye Of The Tiger played by Toto (not that it's bad, just saying). Love Of My Youth is a Jazz ballad and Stay With Me Is A Bossa/Candombe tune. Nice sounds but all over the place and too long for my taste. Spirit of Freedom is a cute ending track. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: Change The Way.

CD: Anne Bertucci - I'm Number One
From: gfranciscop Date: July 14, 2021 at 19:37
Uncommon female fronted Pop Rock with hints of Hard Rock, Disco and Reggae. Jamaica Ginger is a song that melodically wise wouldn't sound out of place in a modern Pop album, as it has a 420 theme and it sounds outlandish. Love Is A Symphony is a great ballad, but a bit underproduced, as the album in general. No No No is pretty OK too. Overall a pretty mediocre album but with some interesting ideas that could be better developed. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: No No No.

CD: The Believers - Extraordinary Life
From: gfranciscop Date: July 14, 2021 at 18:45
Sounds a bit outdated for '92 sound wise, and a bit underproduced as well. Pretty OK, although a bit repetitive. While some of the ideas are good IMO they lack the strength to be memorable, like in All The Love Has Gone. Change Of Heart is probably the best of the bunch. This Road is also pretty good. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: All The Love Has Gone.

CD: Lita Ford - Time Capsule
From: Doug Date: July 14, 2021 at 17:22
Oops, meant to say LF.

CD: Lita Ford - Time Capsule
From: Doug Date: July 14, 2021 at 17:21
Listening to this album the other day. For me, "Rotten to the Core" is the only good song on this one. Admittedly, I am just a so-so fan of LT. Her vocals are just not that good, IMO.

CD: Persia - No Compromise
From: jfox66 Date: July 14, 2021 at 12:57
This is some pretty good bluesy hard rock. Kinda reminds me a bit of Great White. larry Atello, Dave Wrenn and Ralph Heiss went on to form Atello. Overall this is fairly decent Melodic Rock with the best track being One Sin. If you like the bluesy hard rock style, you might like this.

CD: Nighthawk - Midnight Hunter
From: motley Date: July 14, 2021 at 9:46
!Will Survive" is a cover of a Frehley's Comet song.

CD: Hardline - Heart, Mind And Soul
From: angel50 Date: July 14, 2021 at 3:49
out standing release

CD: Beau Coup - Born and Raised on Rock and Roll
From: gfranciscop Date: July 13, 2021 at 21:51
Pretty Hi Tech AOR sounds, with some Stadium Rock elements too; "hard" hitting and nice sounding with wide choruses. Find The Way is a nice slow tune, even when the drum mixing isn't the ideal. Sweet Rachel is a nice midtempo tune. Jane is probably the most mediocre tune in the album. Nice ballad with Still In My Heart. Pretty good, a bit underproduced and it could be better, but at least it's short enough. Rating: 8/10. Favorite Track: Sweet Rachel.

CD: Nazareth - Expect No Mercy
From: Doug Date: July 13, 2021 at 21:36
Now you just gotta love a cover from of all folks, Burl Ives - see track #8. Always found that hilarious. Seriously though, the Naz, such an underrated band.

CD: The Lost - The Lost
From: hand123 Date: July 13, 2021 at 21:08
Saw them in Tulsa, OK back in the early 90s at a small club. Great show of straight ahead rock. Wrote to the fan club address back then and received a post card back from the band while they were touring through Tennessee. Those were the days before email!! Still enjoying this album from time to time over the years. Cheers.

CD: Bill Baumgart - The Kindling
From: gfranciscop Date: July 13, 2021 at 18:13
Lite AOR that sounds close to New Age and Jazz Fusion melodically/sound wise. Really nice sounding, great songwriting in all tempos here. I didn't knew it was CCM until half the CD. It isn't bad really, but maybe a bit too long and ballad-focused (as much CCM out there). Some instrumental tunes that sound a bit out of place. Relaxing mood all around. Too long and disjointed for my taste. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: The Only Game In Town/Return The Favor

CD: Reckless Love - Spirit
From: 123charpenay Date: July 13, 2021 at 17:58
i recommand the reissue with three super bonus tracks."die hard" "angel falling" "gone with a smile".this song reminds me "run to you" (bryan adams).

CD: Warrant - Cherry Pie
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 13, 2021 at 16:48
The bill ultimately failed, and the industry slow-walked the rollout of the sticker until 1990. It was good news for my mom, still mad after the flap about my GNR tape from two years before. She already didn't like the song "Cherry Pie," not being able to see that it was entirely tongue-in-cheek, or that I didn't really understand the lyrics anyway at ten years old. The sticker officially squashed my chances of ever getting the tape. All because of one short, stupid non-song, really just a collage of Jani Lane saying "fuck." I ended up getting a dubbed copy from an older, distant relative almost a year later. But I'd built it up in mymind so much that I didn't notice that, just like the first album, there were several songs I never listened to: "Love In Stereo," "Song And Dance Man," "You're The Only Hell" and "Train Train." With that said, I guess that means if you took the best five songs from each of the first two albums, you'd have one great hair-metal disc.

CD: Warrant - Cherry Pie
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 13, 2021 at 16:37
This was the first time I ever saw a parental-advisory sticker on a tape I wanted as a kid. The music industry had agreed in the mid-'80's to the sticker, !pacify the PMRC (and more importantly, try and get their husbands in Congress to pass the Home Audio Recording Act, which would have put a tax on blank tapes which would hopefully then be funneled back to the labels.

CD: Warrant - Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 13, 2021 at 16:25
Too bad there's no edit button here, or I'd take out the first "some of" in the last comment.

CD: Warrant - Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 13, 2021 at 16:23
Still, this album will always remind more of that long-gone, seemingly endless summer and the warm days of early fall. My favorite bands were like cartoon characters to me as a kid. I had no earthly idea what being in a band was like, or that some of my superheroes were real people, some of them undoubtedly not very nice ones. Maybe that's as it should be when you're that age.

CD: Warrant - Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 13, 2021 at 16:13
I bought this tape at the end of the summer in '89, after "Heaven" was in heavy rotation on MTV throughout July and August, with "Down Boys" before that. My copy has the original (superior) mix of "Heaven," not the one in the video with all the syrupy strings. I had just turned nine. I had a ukulele and a Tom Keifer-looking wig that I loved to pose in, and dance around the room in when my favorite songs played. Warrant were just another in a long line of cool bands I dug at the time. As an adult, a lot of the songs are a bit too bubble-gummy for frequent listening, but I find I respect them more than someone like Winger, because Warrant did it the hard way, slugging it out in the clubs, trying different combinations until they found the right pieces. But as I noted in 2010, even in '89, I rarely listened to "So Damn Pretty," "In The Sticks," "Riding High" or "Cold Sweat" (except to laugh at Jani's barely-audible "Boop-boop-be-doop" at the end of the latter.)

CD: Winger - Winger
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 13, 2021 at 15:43
Not to go back to the book again, but another thing that gripes me is that Kip openly admits to making music he felt was beneath him. He wanted to make sort of progressive pop music, like Peter Gabriel, but he looked at the bands opening for Alice Cooper (specifically naming Tesla and Megadeth) and said, "Wait a minute, you mean I can do what I did when I was sixteen years old and get a record deal?" Which begs the question: can you be both honest and disingenuous at the same time? Or maybe he's being honest now about how disingenuous he was back then. Add to it that the band was entirely a studio creation, whose first gig was in an arena opening for Scorpions. As individual musicians, they had paid their dues, but as a band? Nope.

CD: Andy Baum - Listen to the Bad Boy
From: gfranciscop Date: July 13, 2021 at 14:28
Pretty standard 80s AOR with some New Wave influences but not too many. Only A Whisper is a nice tune. Set The Night On Fire is one of those stereotypical 80's tunes I like. Maybe missing a great ballad or something around those lines. My Love reminds me of late 80s tunes influenced by U2 with all the strings and stuff lol. It's OK but not that good. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: Only A Whisper.

CD: Infinite and Divine - Silver Lining
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 13, 2021 at 3:57
A very solid Melodic Hard Rock with a very solid female singer that reminds me of Alexa 🎤❤️...my fave ones are # 1,2,3,4 (❤️ ),9(🤘 ),10 & 11... enjoyable stuff...84/100 🙂

CD: Paris - 50-50
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 13, 2021 at 3:38
This one pales if compared with the previous one...still has some attractive cuts such as # 2,4,5,6,7,9 & 10...75/100 🙂

CD: Humble Pie - Smokin'
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 13, 2021 at 3:13
A good classic rocking blues release with a big hit in ir in "30 Days In A Whole" 🤘...tracks # 4 & 9 are also in my book of music.70/100 🙂

CD: Nazareth - Expect No Mercy
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 13, 2021 at 3:07
A good rocking long play in here! 🤘...a great band by all means 👊... tracks # 1,2,4,5,7 & 8(❤️ )are the ones for me.80/100

CD: The Call - Let the Day Begin
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 13, 2021 at 3:03
Wonderful release by this act!!!...a sharpened yet pretty Melodic Rock with some sparks of AOR...basically the whole plastic rules 👊... tracks # 1,2,3,4,6,7(❤️,8 & 9(❤️ are the ones for me.83/100

CD: Sammy Hagar - Three Lock Box
From: rick kerch vzla Date: July 13, 2021 at 2:55
A pleasant AOR/Melodic Rock release by the so called Red Rocker 🎤🎸...my fave ones are tracks # 4,5,7,9 & 10 🙂...enjoyable stuff...70/100

CD: Chez Kane - Chez Kane
From: edukiki Date: July 12, 2021 at 23:10
The best album of melodic rock in the last 30 years, it's like listen ROBIN BECK, BON JOVI (Of the good years), and DANGER DANGER first, imprescindible

CD: Banging Rush - Holiday In Eden
From: gfranciscop Date: July 12, 2021 at 22:50
Hard Rock inspired Pop Rock, it sounds underproduced, particularly in vocals; with those trashy distorted vocal effects. Some tunes sound closer to teenage Rock from that era and from the 2000s, slightly influenced by Hardcore Punk. Some Country influences too. And then comes Break The Fall, which sounds super 80s, and not bad at all, but really out of place. All Over Again keeps on that 80s/early 90s sound somewhat. A bit too long for my taste and a mixed bag of 80s and late 90s sounds. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: All Over Again.

CD: Bamboo Brothers - Bamboo Brothers
From: gfranciscop Date: July 12, 2021 at 21:45
Pretty OK sounding 90's Lite AOR. As with the first album I can hear some Country influences here and there (a bit more than in their first one). Some Jazzy Westcoast touches here and there as well. Angels Of Glory sounds a bit weird. I don't know, I don't think it sounds as convincing as the first album. Super random tune in I Don't Want Your Money and the final track is too much as well. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: -.

CD: Bamboo Brothers - No Easy Way
From: gfranciscop Date: July 12, 2021 at 19:50
Standard Pop Rock with some Westcoast sounds; Reach Out is a nice relaxing tune as well as Fly Me. Beautiful House has some slight Country vibes as well as Just In Time. Gloria sounds closer to 70s Hard Rock for example. Never Say Never is a nice midtempo ending tune. Not a bad album, maybe a bit too long. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: Reach Out.

CD: Bakers Pink - Bakers Pink
From: gfranciscop Date: July 12, 2021 at 18:44
From the trashy cover I thought this would be a Glam Metal-ish kind of album, but I was wrong: it's more like a Post-Grunge/Alternative Pop Rock album. Some tunes are closer to radio friendly Pop than harder Rock though. As most music from that era, it's kinda boring to me. You Ain't Gonna Love Me sounds a bit out of place songwriting-wise, particularly because it sounds like an AC song but with a harder arrangement. Julianna is a darker sounding Pop Rock track that works pretty well. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: Julianna.

CD: 1994 - 1994
From: Martin H Date: July 12, 2021 at 18:04
Owned the vinyl and now have the RC reissue. The first four tracks are the real standouts for me (Heleana is wonderful), but it's all good stuff. Production from Jack Richardson is clear and uncluttered; Karen Lawrence isn't a screamer, but she has a lovely quality to her voice.

CD: BJATO - Crazy Game of Love
From: gfranciscop Date: July 12, 2021 at 12:46
Another album in the same vein as the previous: Westcoast AOR with great arrangements, horns and everything. Once again I would prefer a quieter/more dynamic mix, but it's OK (although it sounds blander in the "harder" tracks. A bit more consistent than the previous one too. Ballads are nice sounding but aren't killers. When a Trap Hi Hat loop started in While Waiting I thought I was listening to a Spotify ad lol (good track though, AC radio feeling). A lot better than the previous one IMO, I'll be giving it a spin again. Rating: 8/10. Favorite Track: While Waiting.

CD: BJATO - At Last
From: gfranciscop Date: July 11, 2021 at 19:20
Westcoast sounding album, similar to Airplay (with horns and double guitars too) for example; mixing/mastering is a bit too loud for my taste though. I Don't Have The Heart is a great slow tempo song. Other tunes get closer to modern Pop Rock sound like in Upside Down, an OK morning mood tune or Shadow, with a modern Stadium Rock chorus (reminds me of bands like Imagine Dragons for example); my problem is that it starts sounding like an 80s album and then it goes to other places, making it confusing. Overall I think the album would be a lot better with a different mix/master more akin to the original 80s Westcoast sound instead of the more plastic modern sound. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: I Don't Have The Heart.

CD: Ask A Stranger - Stranger Things Have Happened
From: gfranciscop Date: July 11, 2021 at 17:35
Standard sounding Pop AOR, with some Hard Rock influences; a bit underproduced in my opinion. How Long is a pretty OK tune. Not my style really, but it's not a bad album by any means. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: -.

CD: Barracuda - Unacceptable Practices
From: Erikk Date: July 11, 2021 at 14:52
Much better album than the first album. Great catchy opening song with Keep it Warm. Back in your arms is cool. Flying with my Angel is another great catchy melodic rock song. Forever is an excellent ballad. Yep nice album 7/10

CD: Barracuda - Open Fire
From: Erikk Date: July 11, 2021 at 14:45
Nothing really special. Is ok but none of the songs really stick out IMO.

CD: Steve Archer - Hits
From: gfranciscop Date: July 11, 2021 at 12:56
Adult Contemporary CCM compilation, nice and easy listening selection of tracks. While the tracks belong to different releases, they don't feel dissonant between each other. Not much AOR, just a couple tracks, the rest is ballads in the classic AC tradition. Very good stuff though, even when it maybe be a bit too many ballads. But You Didn't is great Westcoast style. Overall, a nice album, but as it is a compilation, it's kinda like cheating lol. Rating: 8/10. Favorite Track: But You Didn't.

CD: Barefoot Servants - Barefoot Servants
From: Erikk Date: July 11, 2021 at 12:09
Ok but really nothing special southern bluesy rock. No (commercial) gems hidden on this one. Their second 2005 album is not an improvement. On the contrary.

CD: Barbed Wire - Fire It Up
From: Erikk Date: July 11, 2021 at 11:58
Sleazy hard rock. Evolved on their later albums to a more Krokus sound. Excellent albums are Remedy + Rock n Roll Rebel.

CD: Barakade - Volume I
From: Erikk Date: July 11, 2021 at 11:41
A bit 2 many ballads to my personal liking but most songs are well crafted. Never wanted to say Goodbey, Keep runnig Away, Oh Jamie are best songs. Lazy or last call shouldnot be on the disc.

CD: Bar 7 - World Is a Freak
From: Erikk Date: July 11, 2021 at 10:39
Geoff is spot on. The songs just don't do it. No hooks. The moders sounds doen't become them. Vocals are not the best eiter. Hit and miss.

CD: The Bang Gang - Love Sells
From: Erikk Date: July 11, 2021 at 10:36
Very well executed glam. Exellent production. Vocals are so so

CD: Bang Camaro - Bang Camaro
From: Erikk Date: July 11, 2021 at 10:32
Musically all over the place. Nothing "catchy"to be found here.

CD: Bandit - Tuff N' Dirtee
From: Erikk Date: July 11, 2021 at 10:29
Its all been said. The vocals are just absolutely awfull. Songs are leaning more towards glam/hair metal as to hard rock. Nothing special.

CD: Aquila - Say Yeah
From: gfranciscop Date: July 10, 2021 at 21:23
Pop Rock in the vein of 90s Pop music; Say Yeah sounds like a boyband tune from that era. Similar sounding to Bon Jovi for example. Most tunes are pretty catchy, even when a bit repetitive, but they are radio friendly indeed. Nothing's Impossible Now brings a few different sounds to the album. Not a big fan of this sound though. Some of the lyrics are bad, but English isn't these guys' native language so it's OK. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: -.

CD: Andy Baum and the Trix - Catch My Breath
From: gfranciscop Date: July 10, 2021 at 14:16
A bit softer than the first one, I couldn't pay attention to most of the tunes though, so I really don't remember much of it except that most of the songs are really long. As the above commenter said I wouldn't classify it as AOR either, being closer to Blues/Southern/Country influenced Rock (different from the first album, which was closer to an AOR sound). Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: -.

CD: Survivor - Survivor
From: hair metal again Date: July 10, 2021 at 6:56
sensational debut for SURVIVOR back in 79 with great hard rock sound and many fine songs like "somewhere in america","whole town s talking","freelance","nothing can shake me" and "youngblood"!more guitar driven than the rest of their catalogue ,lets Frankie shows his skills in guitar riffs as well and i guess that fans of BAD COMPANY & FOREIGNER will really dig this wonderful album!

CD: Andy Baum and the Trix - Extra Feathers
From: gfranciscop Date: July 9, 2021 at 17:52
Late 80's style in the line of Huey Lewis for example. Radio friendly and pretty well recorded. Day & Night is a pretty OK ballad. Laidback radio friendly track with some Reggae influences in Bye Bye. A bit too long for my taste since most of the tracks are kinda forgettable. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: Bye Bye.

CD: Jackyl - ROWYCO
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 9, 2021 at 14:33
"All Night Rodeo" is really the only song worth coming back to here, another strip-club anthem in the style of "Dirty Little Mind" and, more recently, "Encore." It's funkier than the actual funk song. But man, "Rallyrallyrallyrally, ooga-chugga-ooga-chugga ..." What the fuck? Unfortunately, a lot of Jackyl's recent music is not that much fun, and the band now often seems to be pandering to people who are stupid and proud of it.

CD: Jackyl - Relentless
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 9, 2021 at 14:16
I loved this at the time, but man, listening back, it's about half-good. The first three tracks are great, "Vegas Smile" is fun, and the late going, we have "Sparks From Candy" and "Curse On Y." But the rest? I dunno, sometimes Jackyl just tries too hard to be Jackyl. Plus, songs like "Mr. Evil" just have no hooks, Jesse just kinda wandering along in search of something like a melody. "Kill The Sunshine" is a good song but, as he tends to do, Jesse made such a big deal out of Brian Johnson's involvement that somehow you expect more.

CD: Jackyl - Push Comes to Shove
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 9, 2021 at 13:51
Listening to this again, and it's hard not to view Jackyl's second album as a disappointment after the nonstop fun of the debut. It doesn't help that the best song (and one of the band's best ever) is the first track. "Headed For Destruction" includes the chainsaw, to much less effect than on "The Lumberjack," and the song itself feels like they're trying too hard for a big, crowd-pleasing anthem. "This Is My Life" is the first Jackyl song of many to complain about the music industry's abandonment of rock 'n' roll (although honestly, Jackyl fared better than a lot of bands). Many of the remaining songs are near-misses, and some not so near. Really, only "Rock-A-Ho" (this album's "She Loves My Cock") and "Back Down In The Dirt" rise to the level of the title track.

CD: Daniel Andersson - Days In L.A.
From: gfranciscop Date: July 9, 2021 at 12:53
Super soft Westcoast AOR with lots of style close to AOR first releases for example, but better produced and composed (they even share those "californian" themes). Very Smooth Jazz touches here and there. Keep On Trying reminds me of Chaka Khan's Ain't Nobody. The melodies feel closer to late 80's/early 90's Westcoast. Many of these songs would sound great in any Adult Contemporary radio from my country. Pretty OK album for me. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: Keep On Trying.

CD: Ambrosia - Road Island
From: gfranciscop Date: July 9, 2021 at 0:38
The intro sounds like an attempt to return to some Progressive sounds after a more commercial album; then it goes back to a more accessible sound around the half with How Can You Love Me being a high point. In the end I don't remember anything else about the album, except Endings being a great ending track. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: How Can You Love Me.

CD: Ambrosia - One Eighty
From: gfranciscop Date: July 8, 2021 at 23:37
You're The Only Woman really feels like a follow up to How Much I Feel. Some tracks still have an slight Progressive edge, particularly in the keyboards, not much really, but just a bit. Biggest Part Of Me the other huge tune on this one. Forgettable as the previous album, except of course for the hit singles. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: Biggest Part Of Me.

CD: Ambrosia - Life Beyond L.A.
From: gfranciscop Date: July 8, 2021 at 22:39
Closer to Jazz Rock this time, keeping some Progressive edge to some of the melodies and rhythms but not that much. If Heaven Could Find Me is the first example of actual AOR from this band. How Much I Feel is the example of simpler Pop Rock that becomes a hit single. Dancing By Myself has some Disco vibes while Angola has some Reggae ones. An OK album, although the second one is better IMO. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: How Much I Feel.

CD: Boston - Boston
From: hair metal again Date: July 8, 2021 at 6:53
very good debut for BOSTON defining the whole arena rock thing that was about to happen in the States!surely a classic that helped the hard rock scene move to a more commercial path!"more than a feeling ","rock n roll band" and "let me take you home tonight" are fine songs indeed!

CD: Warrant - Belly to Belly, Vol. 1
From: big tds Date: July 7, 2021 at 22:43
have to agree with emdienne on this one this is warrants best cd of all.. the drums on this album are insane and lane really shows he can still whale.. 10/10 excellent!!!!

CD: Ambrosia - Somewhere I've Never Travelled
From: gfranciscop Date: July 7, 2021 at 20:48
Softer than the previous album while still being Progressive Folk in most points; Cowboy Star sounds like it came from a Disney movie with its orchestral part. While I wouldn't call it AOR, Runnin' Away is closer to the Soft Rock sound I like. A lot more Folk than the previous album, as Harvey shows. Danse with Me George is a (bit too) lighthearted tune that shows distance from the darker Progressive sound from the first album. Can't Let A Woman shows a more commercial sound. We Need You To is a great song to end the album. I kinda liked it, not sure if I would listen to it again tho. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: Runnin' Away.

CD: Ambrosia - Ambrosia
From: gfranciscop Date: July 7, 2021 at 18:39
Progressive (they even have Alan Parsons here) infused Folk-Rock with Beatles' influences (well, who wasn't influenced by them really). Extremely clean sound, as most 70s music. The orchestral and string arrangements are also really well mixed. The piano led songs feel extremely deep. Too Progressive 70s for my personal taste. The absolute trippy Progressive moment with Mama Frog (I liked it, but I wouldn't put it into an AOR playlist ofc). The mixing and mastering are of top notch quality; definitely audio enthusiasts territory. In the end I can't remember much of it, but it's because it's not my style. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: Mama Frog.

CD: Creye - II
From: Elljam Date: July 7, 2021 at 7:37
As with the first album not every song hits the mark but there are enough catchy tunes to satisfy. For me the improvement on this release is with the new singer and the punchier production

CD: Creye - Creye
From: Elljam Date: July 7, 2021 at 7:00
Was expecting a lot after reading reviews and comments. However to my ears it's fairly standard AOR with the better songs being in the middle of the disc. I'm not a massive fan of the singer as his voice is pretty bland. A few catchy tunes, some fillers so to compare this to the excellent H.E.A.T and The Defiants is way off the mark.

CD: Steve Whiteman - You're Welcome
From: Doug Date: July 6, 2021 at 19:36
Just saw Kix last week, fun show.

CD: Babylon A.D. - Nothing Sacred
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 6, 2021 at 18:26
According to setlist.fm, Babylon A.D. played the Pier 6 Concert Pavilion in Baltimore sometime in July of 1992. Also on the bill were Wildside and Roxy Blue. That's a medium-sized outdoor venue that generally featured pop-country and oldies artists, and some mellow classic rock at the time. I just find it interesting that three come-lately, C-list (at best) hair bands) would get to play at such a place on a tour that was mostly hitting clubs. None of these bands were exactly marquee acts. I guess Babylon got to headline because they were on their second album—road warrior veterans compared to the other two. I wonder if the show might've been sponsored by 98 Rock or, more likely, 103.1 The Underground, the metal station in town.

CD: Babylon A.D. - Nothing Sacred
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 6, 2021 at 18:16
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CD: Altar Boys - Against the Grain
From: gfranciscop Date: July 6, 2021 at 17:43
Softer than the previous albums, but the Punk/Hardcore influences are still there, making it sound like a 80's Green Day at some points. Meh album, can't remember any of the tunes after listening to it. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: -.

CD: Altar Boys - Gut Level Music
From: gfranciscop Date: July 6, 2021 at 14:41
Some slight New Wave and Punk influences in this one. They have an interesting approach to religion in I'm Not Talking About Religion, which kinda separates them from other bands in the genre. Vocals are off, in a Punk influenced sense. The style is fresh, even when I'm not much into it. Not particularly interesting in the end. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: -.

CD: Allies - Virtues
From: gfranciscop Date: July 6, 2021 at 13:53
Edit: After listening to it again, I can say Running Out Of Time is probably their best song ever; the chord progression in the hook is extremely good.

CD: Allies - Man With a Mission
From: gfranciscop Date: July 6, 2021 at 13:50
Blues Rock influences are back here as in both previous albums. I don't think these guys music was AOR anymore since last release, it was more like Pop Rock with some other influences. I can even hear the riff of Satisfaction in Feather In Your Cap. Grand Facade is a nice enough ballad, not a classic, but good enough. Devoted To You is one of those african sounding tunes from Toto, and it's also pretty good. The Deepest Part Of Me is a New Wave sounding tune. While the mix of styles is still strange, it sounds better than the previous album; the B-Side being superior to the first half, and closer to AOR, with Just Like A Father To Me being a cute song. It gets weaker at the end, but a lot better than previous albums, probably their best since Virtues. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: Devoted To You.

CD: Michael Bolton - The One Thing
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 6, 2021 at 12:54
Kawshy: they pretty much have, although they're missing that Christmas album you could only get at Hallmark stores (along with the exclusive Waltons Christmas ornament). Hope somebody corrects this grievous omission. Funny, you knew exactly who I was referring to the other day, without me naming him. There's not too much I can say here that I didn't already on Time Love and Tenderness. The HH inner circle will defend this maudlin twat to the death. I say they're getting awfully mellow in their old age.

CD: Allies - The River
From: gfranciscop Date: July 6, 2021 at 12:45
Country influences and strange tracks in this one; and then all of a sudden, an 80s ballad in Someone To Turn To. And then again, back to almost Heavy Metal Hard Rock. Weird choices here for sure. Even some New Age influence on Can't Stop The River (probably the only song where the outside influences work, very relaxing). They surely didn't know what to do lol. A LATIN MUSIC SONG wth, really guys, I don't know what to say. Rating: 4/10. Favorite Track: Can't Stop The River.

CD: Allies - Long Way From Paradise
From: gfranciscop Date: July 5, 2021 at 19:58
This time it's a more AOR sounding album, with some "harder" sounds and more synths than the previous release. Song melodies and arrangements are simpler (a bit too much sometimes, like missing something) too than in all their other albums. Huge ballad with Take Me Back. Some 70's Hard Rock/Blues influences in most of the riffs. Even a basic Baroque Pop song with Walk With Me Silent and a Doo Wop rhythm with Crying In The Chapel. Most melodies are super forgettable. Rating: 5/10. Favorite Track: Take Me Back.

CD: Allies - Shoulder to Shoulder
From: gfranciscop Date: July 4, 2021 at 17:44
Simpler, lighter sounding and less synth-led than their previous albums, closer to regular Pop/Pop Rock than AOR (even some Sophisti-pop touches). Album is a lot more forgettable and bland than its predecessors. As someone commented on their previous album, it seems they didn't have a clear musical line in between their releases. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: Closer Than A Brother.

CD: Ballard - Standing In The Shadows
From: Loverokkett Date: July 4, 2021 at 17:02
Ciao a tutti e ora di presentarmi ascolto aor e non solo da ormai una vita.possiedo questo cd e posso dire che e semplicemente fantastico direi tra i piu bei album di hi tech aor voce da brividi e musicisti fantastici melodie fuori dalla norma super super band e album

CD: Band of Brothers - Two
From: Erikk Date: July 4, 2021 at 15:04
Like a very weak version of swedish band Renegade. Songs are quite blend and vocals not the best.

CD: Bamboo Brothers - No Easy Way
From: Erikk Date: July 4, 2021 at 14:58
Excellent vocals here. Very laid back album. No easy way, Gloria, Just in Time best songs.

CD: Baloney Ponyz - Baloney Ponyz
From: Erikk Date: July 4, 2021 at 14:54
A band that is musically all over the place. Modern hard rock, grunge like songs (yikes) and southern rock. Big hooks are always missing. Not my cup of tea. Human nature, Earth is chokin best songs.

CD: Allies - Virtues
From: gfranciscop Date: July 4, 2021 at 14:51
Turns out Hardened Hearts was from this album and added as a bonus track on later editions. Nice way to open the album, but I think it's best as an album ending. On With The Fight is a great midtempo number with Stadium Rock vibes. Early morning mood with Harmony. I think this album works better with me than the previous one. Huge ballad, although a tad cheesy, with Prayer For The Children. The B-side is weaker: In America is a mediocre, repetitive tune. Somebody Told Me You Were Crying and Let's Fall In Love (All Over Again) are OK ballads but far from classics. Rating: 8/10. Favorite Track: On With The Fight.

CD: Allies - Allies
From: gfranciscop Date: July 4, 2021 at 12:41
Nice sounding 80's CCM AOR; some Soul influences here and there in the vocals and even a touch of The Police in Don't Keep Him Waiting. Some Jazzy touches in I'll Be Your Brother as well. For some reason the Spotify version of I'll Be Your Brother stops all of a sudden, who knows why. I think it's not a bad album but not a winner either, it takes more than one listen for it to grow into you. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: Hardened Hearts.

CD: Michael Bolton - The One Thing
From: kawshy Date: July 4, 2021 at 4:45
I understand Michael Bolton was once the frontman for a hard rock band Blackjack in the early 1980s. Bolton's early to mid 1980s albums are considered AOR. I get why they would be featured on this site. Also, to a lesser degree, I can go along with The Hunger being listed here, even though it's considered to be the "bridging the gap" album between his previous output and his future output. There is no way anything after that should have been listed on here, though. Soul Provider got on here first, and that definitely shouldn't be on here (although of his albums that came out after The Hunger, it's the one that comes the closest to being worthy of a spot here, which isn't saying much). Then, Heavy Harmonies added Time, Love and Tenderness, which made me think it was a sick joke. With this album being here, Heavy Harmonies might as well list his entire catalog.

CD: Default - The Fallout
From: Doghouse Reilly Date: July 4, 2021 at 0:09
No shit, man. A band like Default never would have been added in the early years of Heavy Harmonies. But then bands like Hinder and Halestorm came along and were pretty open about their love of '80's metal and AOR, and the "modern hard rock" category got added. I'm cool with that. I'm much more perturbed by the influx of adult-contemporary "yacht rock" and the liberal application of what I call the Cher Doctrine (so named because you can find Cher's three nominY AOR-ish albums listed here, because ... well, because!). As for post-grunge, isn't it funny how so many of those bands lost the plot? So much of what they sing about with such earnestness seems so ORDINARY!

CD: Alessi - Long Time Friends
From: gfranciscop Date: July 3, 2021 at 21:41
Classic Westcoast AOR by this duo. Pretty standard Disco influenced beats in much of it, easy listening but not particularly remarkable. Solid drumming and synth work too. Still In Love sounds modern with that guitar intro. Some Bee Gees sounding harmonies here and there as well. My problem is that most of the tunes are forgettable at best. Nice ending with the last song though. Some highlights: As Far As I'm Concerned, Still In Love. Rating: 7/10. Favorite Track: Long Time Friends.

CD: Default - The Fallout
From: kawshy Date: July 3, 2021 at 19:21
Hey, Doghouse Reilly, isn't it strange how Heavy Harmonies is so adamantly against music considered "grunge" being on here, yet some of what is considered "post-grunge" is considered okay?

CD: Pantera - Power Metal
From: kawshy Date: July 3, 2021 at 19:16
Great album! It's kind of unfortunate that they've disowned the album, or at least started to in the early 1990s. Lots of really good songs on this one.

CD: Paul Alan - Drive It Home
From: gfranciscop Date: July 3, 2021 at 13:22
This one has a clearer sound than his previous album. Still the formula is pretty much the same. What I like about his tunes is that while they're CCM most of them could pass as regular Pop Rock, as they don't mention explicit religious themes that much (except Come To Jesus and Bethlehem). Some electronic and Pop Punk influences in some of the tunes even (some of the tunes wouldn't feel out of place in an Avril Lavigne album for example). A lot better than the previous one, the melodies feel very emotional and it's shorter. Rating: 8/10. Favorite Track: Come To Jesus.

CD: Hobin - Keepin' the Dream Alive
From: jfox66 Date: July 3, 2021 at 1:05
I used to go see Todd Hobin Band play free concerts at Hanna Park in Utica, NY back in the late 70s and early 80s. Utica had a thriving rock scene back then with bands like Duke Jupiter, 805, New York Flyers and Luftwaffe (Mere Mortals) playing regular shows. What a great time I had back then.

CD: Paul Alan - Falling Awake
From: gfranciscop Date: July 3, 2021 at 0:22
From the cover it's hard to know if I'm going to listen to a boyband album or a Rock one. In the end it's a late 90's/early 2000s Pop Rock standard, nothing out of the ordinary. As with much of the music from that period, most of it is samey and forgettable. The master is super loud, as most releases from that era as well. The songs are easy listening even though I can't remember any of them, so that's a plus; I can imagine them being played in AC radios around here. Rating: 6/10. Favorite Track: -.

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