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This review is from: Odyssey (Audio CD)
This is Yngwie's most successful release stateside, just falling short of gold status. Joe Lynn Turner on vocals brought a commercial edge never experienced before or since, and also wrote most of the lyrics - maybe also the melodies depending on who you ask - adding to the "Rainbow" feel. He doesn't quite have the vocal range of previous vocalists, but his smooth, bluesy-edged delivery is unique, and personally I am a big fan of JLT anyway.
In addition, Yngwie was recovering from a bad car crash, which left him unable to hold a plectrum. This makes the quality of the guitar playing even more astounding.
There are still songs that are classic Yngwie, Rising Force, Faster..., Riot in the Dungeon for example. But Dreaming is one of the best rock ballads ever (the solo is outstanding), Heaven Tonight and Now Is The Time are pure pop, and Crystal Ball starts like a Toto song.
This is not meant to be a criticism, however, the melodies are excellent and the choruses memorable; considerably more so that some of his more recent stuff.
Should have made Yngwie a superstar.
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Initial post: 30 Jul 2012 14:34:36 BDT
Mr. J. J. Barker says:
Your diagnosis is correct Dr Nick. This is a fantastic album as this showcases Yngwie's ability for emotional, as well as technical playing. I think Odyssey is a good place to start for people who are new to Malmsteen, as the quality of the songs and JLT's singing make this a very accessible album.
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