I doubt you’ll hear a finer female fronted AOR album this year. The beautifully recorded and performed album was recorded over the last 12 months with the help of Steve Price of ARfm fame, plus musical muscle from Steve Newman (co-writes, production, instrumentation), Rob McEwan (drums), Stephen Chesney (guitar) and Soren Kronqvist (additional keyboards).
Essentially it sounds like a lost classic from 1988, polished up for a fresh release, but it is entirely new, although the heart of the album is definitely from the 80s.
Jane Gould (ex-Iconic Eye) has a fabulous voice in the best tradition of Robin Beck, Carol Decker and Fiona and musically reminds me of the writings of Robin & Judithe Randall. The flurry of uptempo, smooth AOR reminds of the Marcie Free classic Long Way From Love.
There is a nice mix of rockers and mid-tempo AOR here, with a couple of pretty special emotional ballads, for a perfectly balanced album. Some every tasty guitar solos to check out, adding that bit of muscle to the album.
Released now on AOR Blvd Records, it comes with a high recommendation from me and recommended for all fans of pure 80s AOR and female fronted rock – with a strong British AOR vibe going through the songs.