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Prayer Wrong Address Escape Music
ESM117
· Produced By: Tapani Tikkanen

· Running Time: 49.41

· Release Date: July 25

· Released:

· Musical Style: AOR / Pomp

· Links: Escape Music
86%
Songs: 89%
Sound: 83%
Finland has had strong musical growth in recent years - more so in the metal genre, where bands like Nightwish and Stratovarius have been making names for themselves worldwide. But the country has a good AOR scene also and Escape Music seem to have tapped into it. In recent months Myon and House Of Mirrors have been released and now it's Prayer's turn.
If you have found some delight in the releases from Myon and HOM, then changes are Prayer will suit perfectly.
In fact, I rate Prayer above both of those releases and think fans of keyboard driven 80's AOR will find a lot to like about this release.
Prayer has that European AOR sound and style about their music, but it isn't their sole influence. This is a varied and diverse release, but one constant remains - strong vocals throughout plus a swag of keyboards on every track.
The guys have written some great songs for Wrong Address. There are a couple of tracks towards the back end of the album which aren't as strong as those stacked towards the start, but generally speaking, the quality remains high.
Sound quality is pretty strong. That is of course, if you are into that whole 80's keyboard sound where the rhythm section plays second fiddle in a mix more dominated by louder vocals, guitars and keyboards.
It's hard to lock these guys into an exact comparison, as they really mix it up.
Secrets Of The Night and I Have Been Loving You are both glorious examples of pomp AOR that compares to classic John Wetton fronted Asia – as does the mellower Back On The Road – which features some lush keyboards and harmony vocals.
Running Wild doesn't get any more 80's and is an ideal precursor to the album's best track - Any One With Broken Heart. Believe me when I say that this is uptempo and anthemic pure Boston and beats anything off Boston's last couple of albums!
He Never Gave It All is another highlight; this uptempo pomp rocker has a great display of keyboard playing.
I Want You, Main Attraction and End Of Time are for me the weaker tracks on the album, but the closer Crossfire sees the band go out on a high note, with another great keyboard driven AOR track.
The Bottom Line
Probably not one for fans of heavier melodic rock, or titles with modern influences. This is one for fans of European pomp-AOR circa 1985-1988. The band's sound may appear a little thin, but it's merely their style – not a case of poor production, as this album sounds exactly as it should for the music within.
Very lite, very easy going and certainly very nice – stuff metal fans hate, but stuff classic AOR fans love and this comes recommended to those fans, who I believe will find a lot to like here.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
· Wrong Address

Line Up:
· Tapani Tikkanen: Vocals
· Mikko Kuusiniemi, Markku Keski-Mäenpää: Guitar
· Eki Ekfors: Drums
· Jaakko Pohjola: Bass
· Jari Huvila: Keyboards

Essential For Fans Of:
· Myon
· Pomp AOR
Track Listing
· Secrets Of The Night*
· I Have Been Loving You*
· Back On The Road
· Running Wild
· Any One With Broken Heart*
· End Of Time
· He Never Gave It All
· I Want You
· Free Again
· Main Attraction
· Crossfire*
--*Best Tracks


04/06/08: Sebastian - sebastian_s84@yahoo.com
Rating: 75
Great album, I must say!
This is recommended not only for AOR fans but also for country fans. Many songs sound more like country music than AOR. The singer is very good in my opinion, songs are very well played and a few of them can even get stuck in your head and you find yourself singing along to them. Yes, they are THAT good!
Bottom line, this is a great album to listen and if you don't have it by now, you should go and buy it!

28/01/07: thomas - tcaudiopro@hotmail.com
Rating: 7
this is a nice flowing album, however the singer should be in a country band. not to say that he is bad, just more suited to country music.........

13/04/06: Toni Figl - figlt@hotmail.com
Rating: 85
I am surprised to see the chasm in ratings. It appears that most of us are split as to whether the singer is all right or bloody awful. I have no problems at all with him. He is definitely not a top level vocalist, but quite decent, thanks a lot. The songs are great scandi AOR, very melodic with plenty of keys. If in doubt, listen to some song snippets (e.g. at www.nehrecords.com).

17/12/05: Melodiker - sirratzi@arcor
Rating: 50
Right,the singer is terrible....
well played,but what a voice......uhhhhhhh
Better luck next time !

05/09/05: Laser - tooretarded@hotmail.com
Rating: 40
Exactly the what Freddy De Keyzer wrote. Needs much better vocalist.

07/08/05: IAN - ian_752@msn.com
Rating: 55
Good songs , bad singer . Which is a big shame as i feel that with a stronger lead vocalist Prayer could have been on to a winner . Maybe next time

06/08/05: Steve Tozer - stevetozer78@hotmail.com
Rating: 90
Cant agree with Freddy. This is a fabulous cd. Everything a great AOR/Melody Rock band should possess is present here from swirling keyboards to excellent guitar solos and fab sing-a-long choruses. As for the singer, his voice suits the music the band play and he does have a good voice. I think the vocalist has a John Bon Jovi element to his voice and so do others I have played this great cd to. "Wrong Address" definately deserves a rating of 90. I agree The US was once the definitive AOR country but not any longer, Scandanavia is producing some great bands at the moment that can match the US for that 80s feel that I love so much. Unlike Freddy who probably is from North America I am British and therefore neutral. Prayer play great 80s style music that is definately worth a listen.

03/08/05: Freddy De Keyzer - freddk100@hotmail.com
Rating: 40
Some said and wrote that this was very good AOR, but I can't agree.
O.K., musically everything is fine, nice keys etc. and even the songs are decent BUT . . . the singer is AWFUL !!!!!!
A good AOR act need a great vocalist and this guy ain't any good . Sorry mate !
He ruins the record.
So, if this band want to achieve anything they need a far better singer !
In fact : if it's AOR, it should come from the US or Canada !
They are the masters of AOR !!!


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