91 Suite Times They Change Vicious Records
· Produced By: 91 Suite

· Running Time: 51.34

· Release Date: Out Now

· Released:

· Musical Style: Melodic Rock / AOR

· Links: 91 Suite Vicious Records
Songs: 95%
Sound: 93%
This, quite simply, is an instant classic. I'm a big fan of albums that grow on you as you get to know them, but sometimes you need one to jump right out of the speakers the very first spin smack you one. I can see a lot of melodic rock fans getting very excited over this album.
Spain's 91 Suite made their mark with a very strong debut album, but blow it out of the water with this even more impressive affair.
The guys have toughened their sound just a touch and moved away from the Journey-esque comparisons of their debut to a bigger stadium friendly sound more in line with the type of melodic Bon Jovi style hard rock perfected by Johnny Lima and Jaded Heart.
And it gets even better. For fans awaiting Harem Scarem to return to the sound of their first two albums – don't worry, 91 Suite do it for you. There is a strong dose of classic Harem Scarem in the guitar parts on this album.
And for those who have discovered the very melodic but rocking UK band Pride - 91 Suite's sound will definitely have a familiarity to it.
There is so much for fans of classic melodic rock and AOR to love about this release. The songs are well written and equally balanced between moodier melodic numbers and the more guitar driven uptempo tracks.
The album sequence is such that there isn't a single weak moment and the album flows beautifully from track to track.
Track By Track:
The guys open up with the rocker Seal It With A Kiss, which showcases the new direction. The angst ridden track has all the passion one could hope for and reminds me of the layered melodies of Pride.
I Wanna Be In Love is even better. With a touch of Harem Scarem in the guitar parts and more complex melodies, the song soars through the chorus.
Tell Me Why is a more aggressive uptempo rocker, with a heavier guitar role throughout.
Far Away is the first ballad of the album and is everything melodic rock fans could hope for – especially those Johnny Lima and Michael Bormann fans out there.
Times They Change is utterly brilliant. It features a classic chorus, Pete Lesperance guitar riffs and is nice and moody.
Every Day Goes By follows on seamlessly and is another memorable song, but it is Hopes And Dreams that like the title track, blows me away. Beautiful soaring vocals, a strong guitar riff and a killer chorus. Again this reminds me of UK rockers Pride, but regardless is brilliant and is in line for song of the year.
Another Reason is perhaps the most Harem Scarem like track of the album and is a definite nod to the Mood Swings album – just check out the soloing!
Wings Of Fire sounds like a Johnny Lima anthem – another classy song with a great chorus.
Stand Beside You is a slow and passionate power ballad that AOR fans will love.
Hard To Forget is a straight ahead guitar fuelled rocker that will again please Lima/Jovi fans, and what a vocal performance.
Will You Ever is another uptempo, but moody melodic rocker with a very catchy, very memorable AOR chorus.
Remember The Good Times closes the album just as you would hope – a breezy uptempo rocker with plenty of keyboards and another strong chorus.
The Bottom Line
91 Suite have taken more than 3 years to record this album and the time taken in songwriting shows. The change of direction is perfectly timed as AOR struggles to be original. The tougher, yet thoroughly melodic songs are delivered with power and passion and I can imagine this release being at or near the top of quite a number of end of year best of lists.
You will of course notice a lot of comparisons drawn while reviewing the album. Times May Change is an apt title, times may change indeed, but there is not need to change a winning formula when it is done this well. Classic style melodic rock dished up in a very classy package.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
· 91 Suite
· Times They Change

Line Up:
· Jesús Espin: Vocals, Backing Vocals
· Iván González: Guitar, Backing Vocals
· Francisco J. Cerezo: Guitar, Backing Vocals
· Mario Mallo: Drums
· Antonio M. Ruiz: Bass
· Daniel Morata: Keyboards, Backing Vocals

Essential For Fans Of:
· Harem Scarem - Mood Swings
· Johnny Lima
· Pride
· Bon Jovi
If new to this artist - also check out:
· Pride - Far From The Edge
Track Listing
· Intro
· Seal It With A Kiss *
· I Wanna Be In Love *
· Tell Me Why
· Far Away
· Times They Change *
· Every Day Goes By
· Hopes And Dreams *
· Another Reason *
· Wings Of Fire *
· Stand Beside You
· Hard To Forget *
· Will You Ever
· Remember The Good Times
-- *Best Tracks

28/06/06: Mike -
Rating: 79
Took Andrews review and decided to get the CD. I think a 94 is being way to nice to them. It's not a bad CD but it's far from what he rated it. Have to listen to it a couple more times and see if my opinion changes but from the first review I don't think it will.

It's hard to understand the vocals on a lot of the songs one thing that comes to mind. Not bad guitar playing though. A decent release but not great.

22/01/06: Axe Machine -
Rating: 94
I first made my comments on this page after living with it for a week and was still a little cold to it. the weeks rolled by I was able to appreciate what a truely amazing album this is. Head and shoulders above the debut in every way. One of the best AOR releases of 2005.

24/12/05: Marco -
Rating: 65
Oh, what a disappointment and waste of time! This album really sucks! I like the debut and had big hopes for the new one. The band only improved production wise, songwriting wise they made two steps back! No hookline or chorus that really ignites. You better save your money!

13/12/05: C.J. Haldeman -
Rating: 95
I heard this for the first time right here on MR as snippets, and just those made me purchase this CD from overseas. I just received it today and I like it even more. Count me very impressed with these guys.

This is indeed a classic example of the type of melodic rock we all love. The glimmering, technical guitar wizardry is there complete with soaring guitar solos that really add quality to the songs. I get a flavor of TNT from 91 Suite, which in my book is excellent.

My favorite tracks on the album are I Wanna Be in Love (extremely catchy guitar on this one), Hopes and Dreams, which would be a total radio hit if it ever got played on the radio somewhere and Hard to Forget. However, all of the songs have hooks galore and plenty of favorite pieces to grab hold of. But hey, don't just take mine or MR's word for it. Take the time to find this release and hear it for yourself. So far, this is my favorite MR release of 2005, along with Waltham.

09/12/05: Axe Machine -
Rating: 87
Good record, but while it is full of strong tracks, there are not too many that I would describe as simply stunning. Seal It With A Kiss is the perfect lead off track and Tell Me Why is another classic slab of AOR, but while the debut had a few real stunners, this one just falls short now and then. Good record, but I would have trimmed it to ten tracks to cut out some of the filler. Nevertheless, worth checking out as it has some great moments, and is a good effort. Stand Beside You has to be one of the best ballads of the year...some really great guitar and vocal work on that one. Reccomended - 87%.

06/12/05: Michael -
Rating: 95
Their first album may be in my top 5 of all time, so I was expecting big things out of them this time around...and I was not disappointed! The only difference I can see between this album and the last one, besides a much better production sound on this one, is that this one may take a couple of listens to grow on you. But trust me, this album is absolutely awesome! "Seal It With A Kiss" is a wonderful beginning to the cd, and "I Wanna Be In Love" keeps the strong start going. Other songs like "Hopes and Dreams" and "Wings of Fire" are incredible as well. This is one of those few bands, Frontline being another one, that don't seem to have any filler songs on any of their albums. If you like catchy melodic rock/AOR songs, this cd has them galore! 2 thumbs up on this cd!!

01/12/05: Federico -
Rating: 100
Damn..a really great cd..not a surprise ah...91 Suite rules

30/11/05: pacopuma -
Rating: 95
What can I do about 91 Suite? Great band, great songs, great voice, great production. In this Cd all songs are perfect AOR. 80's sound with a modern touch. Every aor's fan must buy "Times They Change"

30/11/05: Tim Robertson -
Rating: 99
This is sensational. The debut was a great album, but this is a whole new ball-game. It's heavier, but the production is better (as it needed to be) & the songwriting is up a league. The 2nd half of this is better than the first, but there really is no filler on here whatsoever.

Fave tracks are "Wings of Fire", the lush AOR of "Hopes & Dreams", the ultra-catchy "Hard to Forget", & the last 2 brilliant tunes. These songs are just so memorable, & the vocal performance is stunning.

In a year of great AOR: Final Frontier, Place Vendome, Khymera, Radioactive, Blanc Faces, Philip Bardwell, etc. None are better than this masterpiece. Buy this at all costs.

30/11/05: Adolfo -
Rating: 100
Awesome second album from this spanish boys with international projection. If you are inte pure Hard Rock with big guitars and strong melodies, "Times they change" is a perfect CD. Go! boys.

29/11/05: freddy de keyzer -
Rating: 87
THis must be my highest rating ever for a spanish release, so this means that this AOR record is very good !
It can compete with a lot of usa and canadian releases and that's quite an achievement !
It simply beats the scandi AOR releases by a mile !
Great AOR is the name of the game here. Classic AOR, no modern thing, which is good.
Check it out, one of the better pure AOR releases of the year !

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