Murder of My Sweet front woman Angelica Rylin has moved away from their symphonic metal sound for her debut solo release – Thrive is another one of Frontier’s all-star melodic rock records. Angelica has brought fellow band members Daniel Flores and Johan Niemann with her and together with such luminaries as ,, they have written a modern sounding AOR record in the vein of classic Heart, Vixen and Robin Beck.
Opener and first single Breaking My Heart is the best song on show…possibly due to the Harry Hess co-write. I Am Strong is another excellent tune sounding not unlike a female fronted FM. Can’t Stop Love is the big ballad and really cannot be faulted with its Heart-like feel. Most of the other songs pass pleasantly by but nothing matches these three songs. Worst song on offer has to be Nothing Else You Can Break which lacks anything memorable and is just bland.
The production on here is superb with crystal clear vocals and emotive guitar solos. The songs make all of the right sounds but a few of them lack that killer bridge or chorus and as a result don’t really stick in your head.
Angelica has stated that recording a classic AOR album has been a long-time dream of hers and she hopes that we will stick around for the next chapter.
Well I’ll definitely stick around as this is a classy record topped with Angelica’s sublime vocals but let’s hope for a few more killer tunes next time to push it to the next level. ***½
Review by Phil Berisford
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In this show, first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 2 February 2020, David Randall plays a selection of tracks from some of the artists who impressed at this year’s Giants Of Rock event in Minehead (24-27 January).
Featured Albums w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 NEWMAN Ignition (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 BLACK SWAN Shake The World (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 CORMAC O CAOIMH Swim Crawl Walk Run (indie)
Power Plays w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)
SHAKRA Turn The Light On (AFM Records)
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Transmissions (Nuclear Blast)
RYDERS CREED Lost Soul (Off Yer Rocka Recordings)
FRAMING HANLEY Puzzle Pieces (Thermal Entertainment LLC)
ROBERT HART Mysterious (Escape Music)
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