Former Harem Scarem vocalist Harry Hess released his second solo album, titled Living in Yesterday, late last year. It comes almost a decade after his first solo album - 2003's Just Another Day - which, to be honest, I didn't care for. That one seemed a bit too light even by AOR standards. I'm enough of a Harem Scarem fan that I had to at least try this one though, and I'm glad I did.
Living in Yesterday is still a pretty laid back AOR album, but this time around it really sounds more like a full-on Harem Scarem album than anything else. It's an uncomplicated set of songs - easy melodies, satisfying hooks, and above all Harry Hess's smooth and instantly recognizable vocals. There's an almost mainstream vibe to a lot of these songs, in that someone into Matchbox 20 or the Goo Goo Dolls could easily get into them. The only exception is the ridiculously poppy, ridiculously catchy "I Don't Want to Want You," which sounds like something Jeff Scott Soto might have written. It's also my favorite song on the album since it does a great job waking me up after all the smooth AOR.
I can't see this disappointing many fans of Harry Hess and/or Harem Scarem. Living in Yesterday a really well written, well-performed and well-produced melodic rock album all-around.