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Jim Peterik Above The Storm Frontiers Records
FRCD278
Produced By: Jim Peterik

Running Time: 57.58

Release Date: Out Now

Released:

Musical Style: Melodic Rock

Links: Frontiers Jim Peterik
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Songs: 87%
Sound: 91%
Jim Peterik keeps the recent momentum of his post-Survivor career going with a brand new solo release, squeezed in-between Pride Of Lions duties. Jim returns to the soulful, earthy rock n roll tone of his World Stage project, which is an outlet for the other half of Jim's writing skills, when he is not concentrating on AOR.
Like the World Stage release, Above The Storm features a Midwestern style straightforwardness that has seen Jim become a popular co-writer with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd and 38 Special.
On board for the album are some old friends and faces, including Ed Breckenfeld, Klem Hayes and Mike Aquino (Pride Of Lions) and the Ides Of March guys, although the main musical credit must go to Jim himself, who supplies a majority of the instrumentation.
For those who have followed Jim's career and don't need converting, this will be a welcomed release that touches on familiar themes spirituality, love, family and facing life's challenges head on.
For those that haven't warmed to the Pride of Lions material, this might offer an alternative opportunity to appreciate one of the melodic scene's finest writers.
Given the nature of the album's style, it might even appeal to a few new folk - those that look for positive lyrical content within their music and like the melodic, yet back to basics sound of such bands as 38 Special and David Carl.
Not every track works, but the majority do and Jim's vocals, while a little rough, sound better than ever.
Live Life and Burning With A Reason give the album a flying start. Two energetic rockers with a southern rock 38 Special feel and some great guitar work give notice that even as a solo artist, Jim's a rocker.
The soulful mid-tempo Above The Storm delivers a sentimental message and one of Jim's more expressive vocals to date.
In The Days We Have and Stand And Be Counted both vary the tempo and offer more fine melodic choruses.
At This Time Of Night has an interesting swagger and a chorus hook that won't let you forget it.
The next few tracks explore the romantic side of life and change the pace of the album a little. Talent For Loving You is true romantic ballad, but is perhaps just a little too nice for me. Jim counteracts with my favourite track of the album. Hiding From Yourself is a first rate melodic rocker that sounds like a classic 38 Special/Don Barnes anthem.
The album closes with a couple of slower tracks, which in some ways take away from the momentum of the first half of the album.
Not bad tracks by any stretch, but perhaps closing the album after Hiding From Yourself might have been a better idea.
The Bottom Line
This has all the appeal of the World Stage release, but on this occasion Jim is the only vocalist featured. Above The Storm is a very likable album and Peterik fans won't need any convincing. It once again showcases Jim Peterik's immense writing talent albeit in a different light than the more AOR designed Pride Of Lions material.
Perhaps a couple of tracks too long and a little too nice in places, this is still another great release that Jim can be proud of.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Don't Fight The Feeling
World Stage: World Stage
World Stage: Rock America
Above The Storm

Line Up:
Jim Peterik: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Percussion
Mike Aquino: Guitar
Ed Breckenfield, Mike Alongi: Drums
Klem Hayes: Bass
Scott May: B3 Organ

Essential For Fans Of:
Jim Peterik
World Stage
If you liked this release - also check out:
World Stage - World Stage
Track Listing
Live Life *
Burning With A Reason *
Above The Storm *
In The Days We Have
Stand And Be Counted
At This Time Of Night *
A Kiss To Remember You By
The God In You
Secrets Of A Woman
A Talent For Loving You
Hiding From Yourself *
Midnight In My Soul
We Believe
--*Best Tracks



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