|Places Of Power Now Is The Hour||Frontiers Records|
Places of Power is the very natural pairing of guitarist/musician Bruce Turgon – the long time right hand man to Foreigner's original lead singer Lou Gramm and for a time part of the Foreigner line-up himself.|
He also joined Lou in the harder rocking Shadow King project and his debut solo album was a mirror image of the sound from that project.
The vocalist for this project is Philip Bardowell, a phenomenal singer with a distinct ability to sound like Lou Gramm.
Places Of Power is therefore a natural continuation of the sound that Turgon has developed over the years.
I said at the time that the Turgon solo release was the sequel to the Shadow King record – which it was – and now we have a 2nd sequel as such.
This is a hard hitting melodic rock/hard rock release with strong performances and some outstanding vocals on offer.
The moody edge that Shadow King carried is continued here, even down to the keyboard sound, which mirrors the style of that project.
The only disappointment is the drums are programmed and the sound at times is not as crisp and clear as could have been. It would have given the album an even better edge over its competitors.
As it is, Places of Power still has a lot to offer – especially for those familiar with Turgon's and Bardwell's previous albums for Frontiers Records.
Highlights from the album include the layered vocal harmonies of In Your Wildest Dreams; the heavier and more dramatic Make Me Believe; the extreme Shadow King styled pop/rock of Desires Of Our Hearts and the more theatrical Secrets.
The biggest anthem of the album is The Passage, which simply soars and is perhaps the pick of the album.
The Lou Gramm inspired Hard To Love You also works well and the vocals in Light Of My World are fantastic.
Elsewhere the album could possibly have used a couple more big choruses such as The Passage and a tighter drum sound would have worked wonders.
Places Of Power is a powerful record and a good start to the 2009 Melodic Year.
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