Thursday, August 16, 2018
TWO OF A KIND - Rise
Label: Frontiers 2018
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
It's been eleven long years since the debut and I can't say we've been eagerly awaiting the follow-up. In fact. I completely forgot about the project and that Fred Hendrix, better known as main songwriter and singer for Terra Nova, heads up the band. Following several suggestions from Frontiers Records' president and A&R director Serafino Perugino, Fred hooked up with not one but two female singers, Esther Brouns and Anita Craenmehr.
Thus the birth of Two Of A Kind and while they're trying to be Heart, it's unfortunately more like spleen or even kidney. It's basically the AOR version of Ace Of Base and that's including the average vocals, musical compositions, and final production. While the slick AOR found in opening track "Here Is The Now" might be darn memorable, sharp hooks are sadly lacking from this point on. Track two feature the strong message and lyric such as 'Hey hey Two of a Kind is gonna rock your world. Hey hey we're the girls who're gonna kick some ass'. It's not going to come true simply because Hendrix wrote it. Action not words.
Truth be told. "Without You" is a fine tune and the same goes for the mellow and soft work of "Naked" and "Alienation". At times, "Rise" threaten to get the old ticker going like a runaway jackhammer in the night, but then the music loses the plot and goes back to missing the mark and your Heart for that matter. Final verdict: I keep hearing good things about Cher and the ABBA tribute album. Nah.
Urban Wally Wallstrom (RockUnited.com) at 9:43 AM