You don't normally associate the Antipodes with AOR, what with all the alien experiments that go on in that part of the world. Something that goes towards explaining their love affair with beer. But here come White Widdow with their surfeit of D's to put that right. And they're really rather good.
It's as if the eighties had never died and grunge had never happened as the band look back to the glory days of Survivor, Journey, Giant and White Sister for some impeccable melodies, soaring keyboards and sweet guitars. The latter two, courtesy of Xavier Millis and Enzo Almanzi are of the highest order, and are a treat from beginning to end. Vocalist Jules Mephisto isn't far behind and puts in a good day at the office.
The album sounds great, so it's no surprise to read that it was mixed and mastered by Martin Kronlund over in Sweden, or to see that Chris Laney was involved in the recording as well. Names that guarantee quality. However, all that would be nothing without the songs, and there are some crackers on offer. If this was back in the day, they would be guaranteed US airplay with the likes of 'Tokyo Rain', 'Cross To Bear' and 'One More Day. I'm not 100% sold on the big ballad, 'Shadows Of Love', but it's a grower. Not everything is a winner, and a couple of the numbers like 'Change Of Passion' are skippable, but there are more winners than losers.
It's a good record, rather than a great one, but, barring a digital only EP, this is their first step into the world of international AOR, and it's one well worth investigating.