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FIND ME – Lightning In A Bottle (2022)

Robbie LaBlanc's roaring vocals lift these songs to another dimension and his always passionate and energetic vocals are a joy to listen to
90/100

The Find Me project has always been popular with fans. Coupling powerhouse AOR vocal superstar Robbie LaBlanc with Swedish producer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Flores and songs written by various member of the Frontiers recording family.

This time around Flores thankfully turns down the keyboards a touch, but it is still a flurry of layers and layers of instrumentation behind the vocals. The production is over the top, but that’s the nature of his style and all Find Me records to date.

I’m not sure why, but for the first time in the 4 Find Me albums, Frontiers’ song-generating machine Alessandro Del Vecchio is given the sole task of crafting all the songs for this album, which further risks stretching his resources to breaking point. But while there is nothing here we haven’t heard before, I do credit where credit is due – there are some very likable songs here.

Stand out is the appearance of Vince DiCola who plays keyboards on a cover of ‘Far From Over’, a song by Frank Stallone from the “Staying Alive” soundtrack. A roaring version here.

I like the tempo of the album, being mostly up and free flowing, even if it is all very familiar for fans of this genre.

The absolute star of this album is undoubtedly Robbie LaBlanc. His roaring vocals lift these songs to another dimension and his always passionate and energetic vocals are a joy to listen to.

So if there is one ‘standard melodic rock’ album you must hear this month, it is this one.