Place Vendome - s/t ::::: 5/5
This is basically a collective effort
put together by Frontiers Records' president Serafino Perugino.
The band is made up of Michael Kiske, Pink Cream 69 and Vandenplas
members. The songs were composed by Dennis Ward who also produced
the album. This album was labeled AOR as it came out and I think
it does fit this genre. It has been described as melodic rock
like Journey and Foreigner in basic style. Once again Kiske vocals
are powerful and exciting and the song writing of Ward is top
notch. Warning: this is not a metal album, this album continues
Kiske's journey away from Helloween and heavy metal, but the
strength and conviction that many of us that love Kiske is most
1- CROSS THE LINE - is the heaviest
song on the album. Right off this song reminds me of Whitesnake
mixed with that AOR style of the over all album.
2- I WILL BE WAITING - is a laid-back passion filled rock song
with a soaring chorus.
3- TOO LATE - is another laid back softer rock song that Kiske
sings with passion and conviction?
4- I WILL BE GONE - is a bit harder showing a more power rock
feel with that AOR chorus.
5- THE SETTING SUN - is atmospheric ballad with baking vocals
and a melodic solo.
6- PLACE VENDOME - is lively rock track with catchy bridges and
7- HEAVENS DOOR - Slow ballad song, with a peaceful feel.
8- RIGHT HERE - is a pop rock feeling song.
9- MAGIC CARPET RIDE - is a perfect example of an AOR song from
start to finish this song kicks arse. Totally reminds me of Journey.
10- SIGN OF THE TIMES - is one of the heavier songs that pounds
in a hard rock style with great melodies and chorus lines. The
backing vocals make this song even better.
Overall this is a great melodic rock
album and quite a surprise that this metal fan liked it as much
as I did. I think this is the best AOR/Hard rock album of 2005!
Michael Kiske fans will not be let down with this CD, run and
buy this one!