Album review: JEFF SCOTT SOTO – Complicated

JEFF SCOTT SOTO - Complicated

Frontiers [Release date 06.05.22]

Like his last solo album, 2020′s ‘Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)’, Jeff Scott Soto has teamed up with Frontiers ‘go to’ songwriter/musician Alessandro Del Vecchio. Del Vecchio also adds keys, bass and backing vocals, being joined by guitarist Fabrizio Sgattoni and drummer Edu Cominato. Jeff Scott Soto and Alessandro Del Vecchio make a good musical team, as the songs play to Soto’s strengths and there are plenty of keys and guitar solos to enjoy.

‘Last To Know’ kicks the album into touch and then some. One of those insanely catchy melodic hard rock tunes Jeff Scott Soto does so well. ‘Don’t Look Back’ has a whiff of Journey about it and another instant hit on the ears chorus.

Special mention to Fabrizio Sgattoni who laid down some searing solos on the aforementioned ‘Last To Know’ and ‘Love Is The Revolution’, a single if ever there was one and perfect for blasting out of your speakers. In fact, the band are tighter than the proverbial on a gnat and here’s hoping they can get out and play live, plus of course stick around for the next solo album.

You’re never left feeling blue after listening to a Jeff Scott Soto album, as the music is upbeat and the melodies often define the meaning of feel good – listen to ‘Thank You’ or ‘Back To The Beginning’ for proof.

‘Until I See You’ sees Mr Soto in one of his best vocal genres – the emotive ballad. Nice big production on this one which helps make it one of his ‘must hear’ ballads.

Jeff Scott Soto does in again with another fine and dandy melodic hard rock album. Hopefully he’s finally getting the recognition he deserves as vocally he’s never sounded better these past few years. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

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