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MELODICA
LONG WAY FROM HOME

Frontiers/ Now & Then FRCD 057
Produced by: Pilcher & Poley

Released: JUNE / Website
Relatives: Bone Machine, Norway
GENRE: AOR
OVERALL: 85%

  1. It's Not Enough
  2. Never Let You Go
  3. Come Runnin'
  4. Best Friend
  5. Hardest Part Of Love
  6. Forget About You
  7. Playing With Fire
  8. Long Way From Home
  9. Sleeping With The Enemy
  10. Take Me Away
  11. A Long Time Ago
Melodica is the pairing of AOR legend Ted Poley (Danger Danger, Bone Machine) with new comer and German national Gerhard Pilcher.
Gerhard has been at work for a couple of year on his music and seemingly hit the fast track when he and Ted hooked up and sparked immediately.
Now these two have combined to co-write 11 tracks of pure AOR.
This album is a credit to the musicianship of guitar player Pilcher, who has played his butt off on this album to create an atmosphere of Journey-esque riff's and melodic solo's in the best Neal Schon tradition.
It is also the best performance from Poley, who's melodic vocals are pure AOR to a tee. Taking up from where Bone Machine left off, Ted's vocals are smoother and more melodically charged than before.
There isn't the hard edge to his voice some songs from the Danger Danger era had, but is still his best vocals since then.
The songs are what do it for this release.
Together the guys have written some of the more catchy pure AOR tunes I have heard this year. It's Not Enough, Never Let You Go, Come Runnin', Hardest Part Of Love and the title track Long Way From Home all contain enough hooks to please the most steadfast AOR fan.
On the other side of the coin, the ballad tracks of Best Friend and Playing With Fire provide the sentimental requirement of the album.
Frontiers/Now & Then have released a couple of well received albums that define the term AOR, already this year. Two Fires & Norway. Add Melodia to the list.
BOTTOM LINE: Although the album could probably have benefited from a little tighter production, the delivery of the songs and the passion of the performers is undisputable.
The hook filled songs are also instantly catchy, embedding themselves into your brain for days as a time. Fans of Ted Poley have been waiting for a release like this since he left Danger Danger. It's my opinion these guys will only get better and better together.
PRODUCTION: 70% SONGS: 88% VIBE: 85%ATTITUDE: 90%
ESSENTIAL FOR: Ted Poley fans, some Journey fans and all lovers of pure AOR.




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