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SHY
UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Z Records
Produced by: Tony Mills

Released: OUT NOW / Website
GENRE: AOR
OVERALL: 92%

  1. Skydiving
  2. Change Of Direction
  3. Breakaway
  4. Maryanne
  5. Communicate
  6. Heaven Tonight
  7. Whole Lotta Feelings
  8. Storyline
  9. Cant Stop Lovin' You
  10. No Other Way

In terms of pure AOR styled recordings, the new Shy ranks as one of the best this year and also ranks highly in the overall scheme of things.
This is certainly one fo the best records, if not the best, that Tony Mills has been involved in.
This is a classic AOR record in the sense that it is dominated by keyboards and several layers of them. Each track has several layers of rich keyboard tones, supplemented by some fine melodic guitar work and soaring high pitch vocals from Mills himself.
Tony has a unique style up there vocally with the Tony Harnells of this world. His vocals may be delivered in a high pitch, but that doesn't not for a second mean that aren't smooth as a baby's bum.
That word comes to mind constantly while listening to Unfinished Business smooth.
The album is brilliantly produced, with a ton of vocal harmonies laid over several layers of keyboards and guitars, all held together by a solid rhythm section.
From the opening tones of Skydiving, the direction of this album is evident.
Big bombastic AOR in the style of TNT's classic As Far As The Eye Can See.
It's tried by plenty, but rarely is it held to this quality over the duration of 10 tracks.
What I like about the pace of this album is that while definitely a keyboard driven record, it remains uptempo and fast moving through most of the running time.
Things slow down for the big ballad Maryanne and the more complex Communicate, but generally it's a fun, uptempo record.
Special note must be made of the songs Storyline and No Other Way. Both clock in over 7 minutes giving them epic status. Both are great songs. Storyline is a haunting pop ballad, while No Other Way remains an uptempo rock track, with an almost stadium feel to it.
BOTTOM LINE: Top quality AOR in it's purest and traditonal 80's form. A must for lovers of melody with high pitch vocals, but well worthy of checking out for anyone into keyboard layered AOR.
PRODUCTION: 94% SONGS: 94% VIBE: 90%ATTITUDE: 90%
ESSENTIAL FOR: All fans of Shy, Tony Mills, fans of keyboard driven AOR.




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