Album review: SAVE THE WORLD – Two


Frontiers [Release date 07.05.21]

Save The World is chief songwriter Dan Tracey (guitar, vocals, piano, keyboards, percussion) and Robert Wright (bass, vocals, keyboards, drums, guitars, strings, percussion and producer). Dan Tracey currently plays guitar and sings in the Alan Parsons Live Project (and Alan Parsons guested on the band’s debut album). A pretty talented duo of that there is no doubt.

Musically this album will appeal to melodic rock and prog rock fans (from the poppier It Bites, Alan Parsons Project and Saga end of prog).

‘Miss Muse’ is a glorious piece of melodic rock, recalling Glenn Burtnik on the vocals and any number of those top 80’s melodic rock acts like Survivor or Giant. The ballad ‘Longer’ will also please the ears of melodic rock fans, again featuring an emotive vocal performance from Dan Tracey. The vocal arrangements on this one are pretty special too.

The older tune (written in 2008) ‘When Amanda Hits The Stage’ could have been off Tal Bachman’s excellent album. An intriguing mix of AOR and a soulful beat.

Bit of pop rock a la the Rembrandts on ‘Denslow Park’, a tale of first love and a hit single, if it got the chance to be heard widely.

‘Camera Obscura’ goes down a more progressive route, yet still has a strong melody, something Save The World keep to a high standard throughout the course of the album. ‘Defenders of the Faith’ is another melodic prog treat, complete with a rather tasty guitar solo.

They do a fitting tribute to Boston vocalist Brad Delp on ‘Man On An Island’. A proper Boston sound from the guitar orchestration to the Delp like high notes. Heck, the song even features that Boston staple, handclaps. Simply superb. If you listen to nothing else on this album make sure you hear this one, although chances are you’ll be tempted and then hooked into the rest of the album!

A pleasant surprise this one and full marks for Frontiers for giving this and their 2017 debut album ‘One’ a worldwide release. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

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