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Brazen Abbot Guilty As Sin SPV
085-74902
Produced By: Nikolo Kotzev

Running Time: 62.00

Release Date: July 28

Released: EU

Musical Style: Hard Rock

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93%
Songs: 95%
Sound: 90%
My main point with past Brazen Abbot albums has been that the use of multi-vocalists has broken the album up, where just one vocalist could have given the album a more consistent flow.
With album number 4, Nikolo has stuck to the vocalist formula, bringing back Joe Lynn Turner and Goran Edman, but adding the powerhouse Jorn Lande into the mix.
The formula might be the same there, but the result is a little different.
It's immediately evident that the quality of the songs and the performance by the all start band (John Levin, Mic Michaeli and Ian Haughland) are an improvement over the past albums.
These are the strongest set of songs Nikolo has presented to date and the album is easily Brazen Abbot's best. The production is first rate, big and epic when needed and stripped back when needed.
And the song choruses and inner melodies are more engaging than the already solid previous albums.
Track By Track.
One Life To Live is typical Brazen Abbot uptempo, in your face and 100% from the Rainbow book of hard rock, with Joe Lynn Turner putting in a strong vocal performance. The production quality is immediately evident and the album gets off to a fine start.
Eyes On The Horizon is the first BA track to feature Jorn Lande. As expected it's a monster and is every bit as good as Lande's other recent work. He sounds right at home with the band and with the material on hand this being a big, fast tempoed, hard rocking track.
I'll Be Free is a beautiful soft ballad with Goran Edman in fine, sweet touch.
JLT is back for Slip Away, another upbeat, epic sounding rocker that features one of the album's most immediately catchy chorus hooks. Joe sounds fabulous and dare I say for fans of Joe's, it's one of his best tracks ever.
Mr. Earthman sees Jorn Lande at the mike again. Another quality vocal is a given, but wow, this is another uptempo hard rocker with a monster chorus and some fine harmonies. Another album highlight.
Like Jonah is a Goran Edman fronted track. Remaining uptempo, this track is a little softer then the few before it, but still manages to feature some epic organ and guitar work and another catchy chorus. The middle section features some outstanding guitar work.
Bring The Colors Home features Jorn Lande again. And wow, another fabulous track. This time we get an epic hard rock ballad straight out of classic Whitesnake territory. Some fine harmony vocals and superb wailing from Lande makes another clear cut highlight.
Fool's Confession features Goran Edman. This track has a Queen style pomp feel to it, which doesn't match the rest of the album, but fits in well thanks to the consistent production and acts as a cool change of pace for the album.
Supernatural sees JLT back for track number 3. This is a light rocker with a mid to uptempo pace. Not one of the album's best tracks, but solid.
Time for another ballad and Goran Edman is the perfect choice for the AOR track Eve. An all acoustic ballad, the track is ok, but not as strong as the earlier ballad.
After a couple of weaker tracks it's time again for another Jorn Lande track. A Whole Lotta Woman sees the tempo picked right back up again, with another Whitesnake/Rainbow style rocker.
Guilty As Sin closes the album with a moody mid-tempo number featuring JLT. Although there's no big hooks, the track remains a good choice to close out the album.
The Bottom Line
Although the style and delivery of past albums is retained, the songs are very commercial and very accessible. The result makes Guilty As Sin one of the best European hard rock albums of the last few years. All vocalists and musicians and especially Nikolo put in grade A performances, which further highlight the strength of the songs on offer.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Eye Of The Storm
Live And Learn
Bad Religion
Nostradamus
Guilty As Sin

Line Up
Joe Lynn Turner, Jorn Lande, Goram Edman: Vocals
Nikolo Kotzev: Guitar
Ian Haughland: Drums
John Levin: Bass
Mic Michaeli: Keyboards

Essential for fans of:
Brazen Abbot
Joe Lynn Turner
Jorn Lande
Goran Edman
Rainbow/Deep Purple/Whitesnake
Track Listing
One Life To Live
Eyes On The Horizon
I'll be Free
Slip Away
Mr. Earthman
Like Jonah
Bring The Colors Home
Fool's Confession
Supernatural
Eve
A Whole Lotta Woman
Guilty As Sin
--*Best Tracks



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