Monday, October 6, 2014

WILD ROSE: ”Hit’N’ Run”

Rating: RRRR

Label: AOR Blvd Records 2014
Review by Kimmo Toivonen

A couple of months ago I reviewed David A. Saylor’s solo album, and said that I’d like to hear him sing in a bit more hard rocking style. That’s just what he does with Greek melodic rock band Wild Rose. ”Hit’n’ Run” is the band’s third album and Saylor’s second one with them.

Wild Rose aren’t exploring the boundaries of the AOR genre with this release, as they’re pretty much sticking to the tried and trusted formulas. Somehow they still manage to breathe life into them. A lesser band could have turned these songs into a real snoozefest, but Wild Rose play them convincingly. Saylor’s soulful vocals are excellent and Andy Rock’s lively guitar playing adds a nice metallic edge to the music. Not to mention the keyboards by Dirty Haris, which ”make my day”, if you excuse the pun…

Wild Rose play traditional AOR that reminds me of acts like Drive She Said, FM and Alien. Just by looking at the song titles one might think that they’re even a little bit too traditional - ”Don’t Walk Away”, ”Stay”, ”I’ll Be There”… they aren’t going to win any prizes for ”original song titles”. The lyrics are more of the same, typical AOR fodder with heartache, declarations of love and other relationship stuff. It’s the music that elevates this to the next level, the songs are well-crafted melodic rock with strong melodies.

If I had to pick just one song from the album, it would have to be ”Give In To Me”, which reminds me of Desmond Child’s songwriting. Thankfully I don’t have to, so I can mention a few other rather fine AOR tracks, such as ”Stay”, ”Can’t Wait On Love” and ”Together”... good stuff.

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