Label: AOR Heaven 2014
Review by Kimmo Toivonen
Keyboards! Keyboards! More keyboards! The most keyboard-drenched AOR album of 2014 could very well be the new Miss Behaviour one. And it’s not a bad thing! Add some smooth but rockin’ guitars and high-pitched vocals and you’ll get the idea. With a sound that reminds me of such acts as Bad Habit, Return, Fortune and Brother Firetribe, the guys in Miss Behaviour have come up with the best album of their career so far.
I really like the fact that Miss Behaviour haven’t taken the easy road of merely trying to rewrite hits from the past. There’s a nice amount of originality in these songs, both musically and lyrically. For example, it’s quite refreshing to listen to an AOR album that has at least half of its’ songs titled somewhat uniquely. Okay, there’s ”Edge Of The World” and ”Don’t Let It End” and a couple of others that have been used before a few times, but I can’t recall hearing a song called ”Corporation Arms” or ”Love Reflector” before. What’s more, the band’s melodies aren’t completely recycled material, yet they possess enough familiarity to be instantly likable.
My favorite song seems to change every time I listen to this album, but at the moment it might be the power-pomp ballad ”Corporation Arms” or the title track. I actually like them all, although on more than one occasion I get the feeling that the band is somehow holding back. With majestic keyboards parping away, the choruses could just as well match the pomp and glory. Now there are times when they are just too nice, too polite. No reason to be polite when it comes to choruses - we want ’em explosive and over the top! But anyway, this is a very good album.