- Audio CD (30 Jun. 2009)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Extra tracks, SHM-CD, Import
- Label: Marquee Inc Japan/Zoom
- ASIN: B0026QYLI8
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 966,264 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Aura Extra tracks, SHM-CD, Import
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First pressing only comes with a bonus disc in a special package. Features SHM-CD format.
Top Customer Reviews
Tommy Heart has always had a great voice, but this release really sees him singing his, um, heart out on hard rocking gems like 'Fighting For Your Love', as well as an array of mighty power ballads, with the oddly titled 'As Snow White Found Out', my particular favourite.
If there's a slight quibble, it's that most of the material bobs along at the same tempo. However, with songs this good, and a band playing at their peak, it really doesn't matter that much. A sparkling melodic rock return.
S'really a 3.5, but Amazon don't do halves
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
Amongst those familiar with the band it is common knowledge that "Fair Warning" can not put out a bad album; so naturally fans should expect lengthy melodies, stomping bass, inspired guitar solos and lead vocalist Tommy Heart in top form. And Aura id no exception to the standards: Ule Ritgen (B) and Helge Engelke (G) defend their reputation as charismatic composers while Tommy Hart lays as convincing a performance as ever.
Through "Aura", "Fair Warning" offers two powerful melodic masterpieces in "Fighting for your Love" and "Here comes the Heartache" and "Just another perfect day". From there onwards the album's pace falls dramatically and clean guitars replace, for the biggest part their distorted counterparts. There is no disputing that the group are masters in songwriting so they can clearly put out great tunes of any style, yet I think most would agree that power tracks like "Out on the Run" and "Hold on" were the ones that took the melodic rock world by storm in the 90s and made "Fair Warning" a protagonist of the genre.
So I can not help but feel that "Aura" should be made under the same formula that forged their reputation. I don't know if this light approach the band follows can be considered as musical maturity; still, from a 12 track album, I suppose it would be reasonable to expect at least 6 power tracks instead of three.
I very much hope that the next Fair Warning release will bring the band closer to their trademark sound and that should be a much heavier album.
"Power Play" UK magazine (issue 112) marks this album with 9/10 commenting: "Fair Warning just keeps getting better".
Aura continues where 2006's Brother's Keeper left off. It's a mature melodic rock album by a band who's been around long enough to know how to do this kind of music well. Like previous Fair Warning albums, Aura is all love songs. They range from up-tempo rockers to ballads, but the essential subject matter is the same. And as with previous albums, it's Tommy Heart's distinct vocals and Helke Engelke's unique guitar tone that set Aura apart from the pack. I'm not knocking Ule Ritgen or CC Behrens' contributions, but you can always tell a Fair Warning song by the first guitar chord or vocal. Standout tracks are "Falling", "Someday" and "Fighting for Your Love".
It's not the instant classic that Go! or Four were, but Aura is still a very impressive melodic rock album, and more than worthy of the Fair Warning legacy. Fair Warning is one of the absolute finest bands in the melodic rock genre, and it's great to have them back together and recording great albums. Rating: 4/5
1. Fighting for Your Love
2. Here Comes the Heartache
3. Hey Girl
4. Don't Count On Me
6. Holding On
7. Walking on Smiles
9. It Takes More
10. As Snow White Found Out
11. Just Another Perfect Day
12. Falling Reprise