SEE BELOW TO ADD YOUR OWN REVIEW!

Joe Lynn Turner
JLT
MTM Music
0681-74
Produced By: Bob Held & JLT

Running Time: 50.44

Release Date: Out Now

Released: EU

Musical Style: Melodic Hard Rock

Links: JLT MTM
85%
Songs: 84%
Sound: 86%
Joe Lynn Turner knows his target audience, his vocal range and is keenly aware of his past. His albums reflect those attributes solid lead vocals, good melodic hard rock and a musical style that suits comfortably with his past efforts in Rainbow and Deep Purple.
Recently Joe has found a soul mate in Glenn Hughes and together the two have already made an impression on classic hard rock fans.
So with HTP active and guest spots on several other projects including the new Brazen Abbot album, how does Joe add to his solo legacy?
By recording his best solo album to date. In doing that, Joe hasn't strayed from the formula of past solo albums which is essentially a blend of bluesy Rainbow/Purple-esque hard rock. Nor has he changed his vocal style or the style of song you will find on all his solo albums.
But what he has done is relaxed a little and recorded and album of more melodic and accessible songs.
The last album tended to be a little too heavy and dark, but this album is easier on the ears, contains more vocal melodies and sees a more lighter theme.
And coupled with stronger songs in general, the result is very pleasing. And for these reasons I rate it his best solo album to date.
JLT may indeed attract some new fans with this release, but essentially this will please all those that have listened to and bought past records.
In Cold Blood rocks like any great bluesy anthem that is designed to open an album with impact, but contains a really strong melody and strong lead vocal.
Jump Start has all the swagger of a track designed to follow the faster paced into and Love Don't Live Here Anymore is a finely crafted ballad that again features a great harmony and strong sentimental edge. Excess is a moody blues epic.
The feel good rocker Fantasize picks up the pace just when it was needed and is a strong album track.
Blood Fire sounds like it could have been lifted from Purple's Slaves And Masters, while Driving With My Eyes Closed rocks hard and fast.
The only track that doesn't really work is Let's Go, which has a thinner sound, weak chorus and sadly lacking rhythm guitar presence.
The Bottom Line
As you might deduct, the album is very carefully formulated, but goes perfectly to plan and flows easily from start to finish. Add a couple more light and fluffy uptempo numbers in exchange for a couple of the slower bluesier numbers and it will get even better next time.
Don't expect anything new or ground breaking, but do expect a solid dose of bluesy hard rock featuring those unmistakable raspy vocals.
It's also great to see Al Pitrelli back to his melodic best, with some fine guitar parts throughout the album.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Rescue You
Nothing's Changed
Under Cover
Hurry Up And Wait
Undercover 2
Holy Man
JLT

Basic Line Up
Joe Lynn Turner: Vocals
Al Pitrelli: Guitar
John O'Reilly: Drums
Greg Smith, Erix Czar: Bass

Essential for fans of:
Joe Lynn Turner - Hurry Up And Wait
Deep Purple - Slaves And Masters
HTP - HTP
Track Listing
In Cold Blood*
Jump Start*
Dirty Deal
Love Don't Live Here*
Excess
Let's Go
Crying Out Loud
Fantasize
Blood Fire*
Drivin' With My Eyes Closed
Hit The Switch
Reprise
--*Best Tracks



ADD YOUR OWN REVIEW! (Ratings out of 100)