Review by Woody
Revolution Road marks the return of Snakes in Paradise vocalist Stefan Berggren to the world of melodic rock who has been A.W.O.L from the scene for a few years now. This album sees him collaborate with the ultra-busy keyboardist and producer Alessandro Del Vecchio and his musical team of Francesco Marras (guitar), Carmine Martone (guitar), Paul Logue (bass), and Francesco Jovino (drums), all of whom contribute to the songwriting on this album.
The widespread of the song-writers actually keeps this album quite fresh, highlighting various different styles and influences whilst remaining firmly in melodic rock territory. There are some strong out-and-out pure AOR moments like on album opener ‘Wings Of Hope’ and strong country touches on ‘Pretending Hearts’, but in the main this collection has a strong sense of the blues. Del Vecchio even spends plenty of time behind the Hammond to increase the bluesy nature of most the album tracks and it helps make what is essentially a traditional melodic rock album be that little bit different from the rest of the pack.
It’s great to hear Berggren again and his voice here is sublime, clean and crisp with many gratifying melodic choruses from him. Perhaps not as raw and emotive as we have heard in the past, but it is all in keeping with the feel of this record. Hopefully this album will see Berggren become more active in the scene again and fingers crossed result in the return of Snakes In Paradise, well we can dream can’t we!
Revolution Road is a solid album of blues infused melodic rock which nods its head occasionally to classic rock and wears its blues-era Whitesnake influences like a badge of pride. Del Vecchio once again shows us why he is a much sought after and busy producer and well-respected song writer, here he shows he can do a bit of the blues as well as the pure AOR and melodic metal we’ve also had from him in the past. I was unaware of guitarist’s Martone and Marras prior to this release but was impressed with their performances here, especially when switching from AOR-style riffing to more laid back blues swaggering riffs.
This is all good, clean fun and should get the average AOR fan very excited. It might miss a little bit of magic to make it a classic but ultimately this is a cool collection of nice and breezy feel-good summertime tunes that will win you over with its smile-inducing nature.
8 Out of 10
- Wings Of Hope
- Shooting Star
- Revolution Road
- Hold On
- Ain’t Gonna Give My Heart Away
- Love’s Got A Hold On Me
- Losing You
- Take Your Love To Town
- Pretending Hearts