Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Label: Frontiers 2019
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
Tony 'The Tiger' Harnell is like a speed racer down the track(s) as he take each turn and corner with precise measurements and style. The Lovekillers are loud, fast, noisy, and the turbo kicks in at nearly all the right moments. Not quite the posh muscle car and TNT (pun intended) that gave us the all time classic of Tell No Tales. It might just be a tad too glossy and polished with a wift of schlock and several ballads.
Written by Tony 'The Tiger' Harnell (because he's grrrreat!) mostly with Alessandro Del Vecchio and together with other soft/melodic writers such as Nigel 'Blanket' Bailey, Pete 'The Pistol' Alpenborg, Marco 'Polo' Sivo, Jonas 'Fika' Hornqvist and produced by Frontiers inhouse guru Del Vecchio.
"There will be better days. Somewhere beyond the darkness. Sunshine after the rain and I'm Alive Again". Smashing opening track (Alive again) and the following "Hurricane" is a stormy affair in the Journey terrority and Tony's powerhouse vocals will definitely blow you away. The great semi-ballad "Ball and Chain" speak of yet another storm where there's no shelter from the rain? If that's not strange, how do you read the following message and lyrics and I quote, "If we stand together now we can be free of the ball and chain", end quote. Strange, considering that 'ball and chain' could also be your loved one as in a married couple. "Who Can We Run To" is slighly too sappy and a very soft ballad that I always tend to skip. It's one of few bland moments though and there's a rather high consistent level of quality throughout the album. Final verdict: Have a go at the Lovekillers if you're into Westworld meets Journey meets TNT. It's a tad predictable, but oh so enjoyable. facebook.com/tonyharnellofficial
Posted by Urban Wally Wallstrom (RockUnited.com) at 11:23 AM