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Final Frontier
Second Wave
Avalon Japan / Z Records UK
MICP-10392
Produced By: Mladen Haze

Running Time: 47.34

Release Date: Out Now

Released: JP UK

Musical Style: 80's AOR

Links: Final Frontier
90%
Songs: 95%
Sound: 85%
Final Frontier are back for their second attack, with scant regard for the fact that it's 2004. The Second Wave is aptly titled, as listening to the album is like the 1980's all over again. Vocalist Rob Moratti and guitarist Mladen Haze (Von Groove) provide the backbone of the album both providing the music and writing all the songs together.
The band's debut was an enjoyable keyboard filled jog through the early 80's AOR sound that made Foreigner and Journey stars.
On The Second Wave, it's more of the same, with tracks on offer sounding like they could have been lifted from any 80's release from Styx or the previously mentioned Journey and Foreigner.
What's even better about the new album is the songwriting. While there has been no attempt to veer from the style of the keyboard friendly early 80's, the songs themselves contain better hooks and even more memorable choruses. There are plenty of moments to catch the listener's attention and reel them in. The beauty of each track is instantly recognizable thanks to well placed melodies and vocal hooks.
The album's direction is evident from track 1, but get into it a little and uncover the singalong gems like Somebody's Gotta Pay The Price, Lydia and the utterly essential Lost Inside A Dream. After The Fall is the band's big radio ballad and would have been guaranteed a spot in heavy rotation if it was 1985!
My main criticism of the debut was the thin production, which remains an issue with this release. But I'm sure that fans of early 80's AOR will be happy to overlook that factor in favor of some infectious singalong rock n roll. And thank God the artwork is better!
The Bottom Line
The star of this album is Rob Moratti and his perfectly suited high-pitch vocals and the set of songs he and Mladedn penned. Quite simply, these are great songs classics even and once given the chance to invade your brain, it will take months to remove them! I woke at 2am this morning with Lost Inside A Dream still running through my brain. Essential for fans of 80's AOR.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
The First Wave
The Second Wave

Line Up
Rob Moratti: Vocals
Mladen Haze: Guitar, Bass and Keyboards

Essential for fans of:
Journey
Rick Springfield
Track Listing
The Second Wave
Lydia
Somebody's got To Pay The Price*
After The Fall*
Lost Inside A Dream*
Sherry
Faithful Heart*
Cinderella In Rags
Runaway
Can't Stop Falling In Love
Delia (Japan Only)
--*Best Tracks



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