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Another melodic rock highlight,
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This review is from: Thunder In The Distance (Audio CD)
The Place Vendome project is comprised of Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic, etc) on vocals, Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69) on bass, Uwe Reitenauer (Pink Cream 69) on guitars, Gunter Werno (Vandenplas) on keyboards and Dirk Bruineberg (Consortium Project) on the drums.
As on the previous album, the songwriting is provided by different musicians. Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius, Avalon), Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear), Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline), Tommy Denander (Radioactive), Brett Jones, Sören Kronqvist (Sunstorm), Andrea Cantarelli and Roberto Tiranti (Labyrinth) make up the songwriting team.
The music on Place Vendome's third album is a mixture of the previous two offerings. The sound is more guitar oriented compared to Streets Of Fire and more AOR focused compared to the debut album. A good mixture of melodic hard rock and AOR with plenty of hooks, good dosages of melodic and heavier riffs, some astonishing solos, lots of keyboards and tight rhythm sections.
Although the instrumentation and the production shine it is vocalist Michael Kiske who steals the spotlight once again. For one more time he proves that he is still in perfect shape and probably delivers his best performance with Place Vendome. The songs contain a wide variety of vocals, although this time Kiske focuses more on the higher end of his range to great effect.
The melodic hard rocker "Broken Wings" and the soaring "Thunder In The Distance" are the stronger of the heavier songs. The up beat and uplifting "Never Too Late", the energetic "My Heart Is Dying" and the melodic "Lost In Paradise" offer some very solid AOR. The dynamic "Heaven Lost", the power ballad "Maybe Tomorrow" and the mellow "It Can't Rain Forever" are the best of the slower songs. In all the mentioned tracks you find addictive harmonies, memorable choruses, impressive guitar work and stunning vocal performances.
Even though the album is extremely good, it is not perfect. The opener "Talk To Me" is energetic and catchy but similar to the song Streets Of Fire from the previous album. "Hold Your Love" and "Break Out" are two average songs that could be labeled as filler.
Thunder In The Distance is perhaps slightly better than the project's previous album and a definite highlight for the melodic rock genre. If you enjoyed Place Vendome's previous releases buy this now! If you are into melodic rock or AOR, definitely give this project a listen.