Track Listing
Eyes Of Love
Heaven Knows
Don't Come Easy
Don't Wanna Say Goodbye (2)
I Want To Take You Higher
Holding On
2 Late 4 Goodbyes (1)
Till The End Of Time
How Long
By Your Side (3)
Don't Walk Away
+ Eyes Of Love (video)

(*) Best Tracks

Past Projects
Eyes
Talisman
Yngwie Malmsteen
Takara
Human Clay
Humanimal

Buy it if you liked:
Eyes - Eyes
Tyketto - Strength In Numbers
Talisman - Talisman
Jeff Scott Soto - Love Parade

Line Up
Jeff Scott Soto: Vocals
Howie Simon, Gary Shutt, Brian Young, Alex Llorens, Jay Michael, Mikos Scarbacci, George Bernhardt, Steve Acosta: Guitar
Sam Isanogud, JSS: Keyboards
Alex Papa: Drums
Micael Scott, Antony Papa, Jay Michael, Doug McRoy, JSS: Bass
JEFF SCOTT SOTO
Prism
Frontiers Records FRCD129
Produced By: Jeff Scott Soto
Running Time: 51.22 Genre: AOR
Release Date: November 11 Released: EU
WebLink: Jeff Scott Soto LabelLink: Frontiers
95%

Prism is only Jeff Scott Soto's second solo album, following the Prince influenced funk rock of Love Parade several years ago.
It's amazing that a man of Jeff's immense talent hasn't spent longer developing his own name, instead fronting several band projects.
While Jeff will always have Talisman, the time has come for him to develop his name as a solo artist and Prism is his first step.
And what a step to take - this album is classic Soto from track 1 to 11.
Prism sees Jeff return to his roots - AOR and melodic rock. Fans of one of Jeff's first ever bands Eyes, and their classic self titled debut will love this.
This is not a heavy rock record - it's a finely crafted selection of melodic tracks - rock ballads and uptempo AOR tracks, all set in a traditional melodic rock sound - reminiscent of classic late 80's/early 90's melodic rock, but with an updated sound and production.
This is Jeff's chance to show his melodic side. And with a voice perfectly crafted for moody, heartfelt rock, it's a great showcase.
With the exception of the cover of I Wanna Take You Higher, the album is entirely composed of Soto written originals.
It may have a softer sound, but that hasn't limited guitarist Howie Simon and guests to a background role. This is still a guitar dominated record, with plenty of memorable riffs, big solo's and even a few guitar shred moments.
Opening the album is the uptempo rocker Eyes Of Love. With Jeff's trademark howl, and a burst of guitar shred, things are underway.
This swaggering uptempo rocker has guitar all over it, with the verse typical Soto - solid and instantly hummable, surrounded by layered harmony vocals.
The September 11th inspired Heaven Knows is a more mid-tempo melodic track, leading in with piano and that big Tyketto/Heavy Bones style guitar riff flowing in and out of the heartfelt lead vocal. The verse is pure rock ballad, the chorus a big sing along anthem.
The mid-tempo rock ballad Don't Come Easy follows, again featuring a soft passionate vocal, this time supported by acoustic guitar. The track builds, with electric guitar and keyboards joining in. The chorus is straight from the American rock ballad anthem hand book - lots of vocals and instantly memorable.
Don't Wanna Say Goodbye is the album's first real ballad. This one is as hoped, a big piano led power ballad. The chorus is straight from the first Eyes record - lots of layers and harmonies. The song gets bigger and bigger and features quite a tasty guitar solo and some massive Soto vocals. A terrific ballad.
I Want To Take You Higher bring a break in style and proceedings. This heavy groove rocker features Glenn Hughes as a duet lead vocal. The guys sound fantastic together and the song rocks as hard as anything on the album, albeit, with a funky groove.
While the song is great - it certainly doesn't match the same vibe or style of the rest of the album.
Back to the vibe started pre-Take You Higher, Holding On is the lead single and is a big keyboard friendly 80's rocker. Jeff's vocals rule the track, which features some solid guitar shred and a solid harmony filled chorus, although there might have been better choices for first single.
2 Late 4 Goodbyes features an intro befitting an album opening track, with some background guitar soloing giving way to a very commercial uptempo rocker with harmonies all over it. Then the chorus - a huge melodic rock anthem that will see fists in the air and Soto fans wetting themselves. Helped by some classic keyboard parts, the song is very 80's, very commercial and very catchy. The song features some of the album's finest guitar parts and it gets bigger and louder and bigger and louder...love it!
It's ballad time again with the lighter-in-the-air uptempo ballad Till The End Of Time. A raspy, emotional Soto vocal leads the track, which features a load of guitar, plus additional orchestration.
To say the track gets huge is an understatement, towards the end there is a truly epic feel, with piano, guitars, bombastic production and loads of vocal layers. A true power ballad.
Continuing the 'big rock' feel of the last parts of the ballad, How Long keeps going. This is a big rock track that like the opening track is classic hard rock Soto. Another big classic melodic rock chorus.
Time to slow things down again, but with something a little different again.
There's not too many singers that can do these tracks, but Jeff is one of them. By Your Side is a fantastic 100% acoustic ballad that features some of the album's best vocals and harmonies. Using his voice as the main melodic force of the song, and a chorus of backing vocals for a sing a long chorus, this track is bound to be one of the album's most loved tracks.
Not to be confused with the Eyes track; Don't Walk Away is a new song that closes out the album much the way it has sounded throughout - a nice melodic rock ballad. This mid-tempo track starts slow and builds, with another solid heartfelt chorus.
An added bonus (just like the EP) is a pro-shot film clip for the track Eyes Of Love. Edited by Gary Shutt, the video is a worthy addition.

The Bottom Line
An essential release for all fans of Jeff Scott Soto and guitar driven AOR and commercial American melodic rock.
The production is tight and the mix is even. The production is not quite as sharp as this year's Humanimal album, but the layering of instruments and the awesome harmony vocals all but erase that thought.
This is a melodic ballad rock album filled with top notch songs and some great vocal performances.
If you were looking for Jeff to rock harder - there are plenty of alternatives, including a new Talisman early in 2003 and the Humanimal release.
Sundries: The running time is great - no sign of any fillers. I really like the artwork - a nice simple profile of Jeff, with good logo and colors. The track order is almost perfect - I might have chosen to place I Wanna Take You Higher towards the end of the album.

Additional Ratings
Songwriting
96%
Attitude
97%
Production
92%
Sundries
95%

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