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Perfect World Perfect World Frontiers Records
FRCD165
Produced By: Fabrizio V.Zee Grossi

Running Time: 52.57

Release Date: November 10

Released: EU

Musical Style: AOR & Melodic Rock

Links: Frontiers
92%
Songs: 94%
Sound: 90%
Perfect World is the new vehicle for Hurricane and former Unruly Child vocalist Kelly Hansen.
This is a covers album with a difference. The tracks are fairly obscure to the general public and certainly to some fans of Hansen, but feature the vocalist giving his best vocal interpretations.
The album features the same team behind the recent Joseph Williams fronted Vertigo album. The concept of a backing band recording new versions of previously written songs and handing over those tapes to a singer to add his vocal to is not one everyone will warm to, but the fact is, the concept has delivered two very fine melodic rock albums in quick succession and there is no reason to think the high quality will not be continued in future releases. The band is lead by multi-instrumentalist and producer Fabrizio V.Zee Grossi together with Alex DeRosso and JM Scattolin on guitars and Biggs Brice on drums.
They do a fabulous job thanks largely to the direction and production techniques of Grossi. As with the Vertigo record, he has captured the essential melodic rock "classic" sound, but updated it with programming and production effects, vocal filters and a very smooth, often subtle delivery of those tricks.
I don't think going through every track and its origin is overly important. Fans of various artists will pick up on this. But the Perfect World album contains tracks previously recorded and written by Amanda Marshall and Eric Bazilian, Pink, Paul Alan, Natalie Imbruglia and Plumb.
Kelly is no stranger to singing covers he has appeared on several tribute albums over the years. He his very adapt at placing his own mark on someone else's songs and does just that. These songs are made into his own and despite not having a hand in writing them Hansen sings with all his passion - making them ever more memorable.
Track By Track:
Here With Me is a classic to kick things off. Soaring vocals and a huge chorus allow Kelly to shine and put the listener on notice this is going to be a good album!
The song is pure melodic rock more AOR tinged than Kelly has sung for some time and his voice just sounds so good. The production effects help the song - and the album as a whole reach new ground, without alienating a single listener.
Leaving Lonely is a moodier track, with a slightly more laid back feel, but an equally catchy verse and extended chorus both featuring strong vocal melodies.
Just Like a Pill is the only really obvious cover on the album. This track was of course a smash hit for Pink, herself rather capable of belting out a rock tune when she wants to. But again, Hansen makes the song his own and carries the song on the back of a great vocal.
I Believe In You is a mid-tempo ballad with some fine guitar play from Alex DeRosso and a monster chorus that would not have been out of place on a Hurricane album.
Out Of Bounds continues the ballady feel of the last track, with a more stripped back song that comes to life in the chorus. Well suited to the album and the rest of the songs, but not a favourite.
Something uptempo was needed about now and You'll Be Gone is almost that. Starting slow, with a soft vocal and guitar riff, the track cruises until the chorus rises a notch or three.
Someday Soon is a first rate uptempo rocker, with a modern feel encompassing vocal filters and a Def Leppard X vibe. Then there's the great anthemic lead vocal and chorus hook. An album highlight.
Do You Love is a big romantic ballad. This is lighters in the air time, but it's also not over the top rather it holds a subdued and subtle approach.
I Need You is another ballad of sorts. Featuring some of those modern influences, the moody verse builds to a rock chorus, with a darker and heavier feel, while Hansen keeps his performance more restrained than elsewhere on the album. It makes for an interesting song and one that pushes the boundaries of traditional melodic rock.
Overnight Sensation again starts slow and builds, but is essentially another slow to mid-tempo mood rocker. A catchy chorus, but a subtle one for sure. This is one of those tracks that needs to grow.
Broken closes the album with another ballad. As is the theme with the rest of the album, there's nothing predictable about the song it's a mid-tempo ballad with smooth vocals and a punchy chorus.
The Bottom Line
The sad fact is some singers don't have the time to make their own melodic rock albums. It simply isn't financially viable for them to take the time out of more lucrative work to write then record a whole new album for the smaller market that is melodic rock. This concept makes it possible for some fine voice to be heard, when they otherwise most likely wouldn't.
Mind you, this hasn't been recorded on the cheap. Fabrizio is a much in demand session guy and producer. His work here is again immaculate.
If the right songs are selected and it's put together with the same quality as has been done so far with Vertigo and Perfect World, then I don't see why this idea should continue.
Perfect World is a great example of traditional melodic rock and AOR being brought into new territory with the help of some excellent production techniques and the adopting of some current pop and rock covers to a more melodic rock feel. A job well done and another highlight in the career of Kelly Hansen.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Unruly Child - Waiting For The Sun
Hurricane - Liquifury

Line Up
Kelly Hansen: Vocals
Alex De Rosso: Guitar
Biggs Brice: Drums
Fabrizio V.Zee Grossi: Bass. Programming, Guitars, Keyboards, Samples
JM Scattolin:Additional Guitars
Adam Forgione: Piano & Keyboards

Essential for fans of:
Hurricane
Unruly Child - Waiting For The Sun
Vertigo
Track Listing
Here With Me*
Leaving Lonely*
Just Like a Pill*
I Believe In You
Between You And Me
Out Of Bounds
You'll Be Gone
Someday Soon*
Do You Love
I Need You
Overnight Sensation
Broken
--*Best Tracks


07/07/04: Roy - ragreen90@yahoo.com
Rating: 98
I am a huge Hurricane and Kelly Hansen fan. I think he has one of the greatest voices in rock music. I rank this fabulous CD at 98. One of the best CD's I've heard in a long time. No reason this shouldn't be on the air.

I even like the "Pink" cover song, Just like a pill. Great CD. Great songs.

17/06/04: Kris - smile096@hotmail.com
Rating: 95
I love this album.. I was a huge Hurricane fan because of Mr. Kelly Hansens voice. He has such a clear beautiful voice. So of course I was a little anxious.. and it totally met all of my expectation. The only blemish on the entire recording is the cover of 'Just like a Pill'. It's a horrible song. Never have liked it never will no matter who sings it.

27/05/04: Chewsmoka - chewsmoka@yahoo.com
Rating: 90
Man, did this CD take time for me to get into. However, when i did, I was pleased. Kelly's vocals sound crisp as does the music.Cover versions?, I have never heard of half of the songs. Best cover of Just Like Pill I have ever heard, and is just so damn catchy!!!!! Sure, most of the CD is touch and go, but it is just that good, and good road music to boot!

04/02/04: Keith McKay - keith@mckay124.fsnet.co.uk
Rating: 87
I was very surprised to see so many negative comments & low scores for this album. Okay they are cover versions but so what? I think it's fair to say that not every rock album consists of 100% self-penned tracks and that many "commercial" bands utilise outside writers; an album of cover versions is just one more step along. I've had the album for a couple of months now and really like it. Hansen sings powerfully and emotionally and songs that they have picked lend themselves well to his voice and style of singing. There is little musical flamboyance, if you like that sort of thing, as the songs are straight forward pop-rock tracks with catchy hooks and choruses. The album cracks along at a good pace but I do agree that the production does let the album down a bit.
In summary a good buy for those of you who like mid-tempo standard melodic rock albums, with a dash of pop on top.

10/01/04: Geoff - geoffwootton@aol.com
Rating: 75
A good effort, but it's a shame that the weakest track is the first! Poorly mixed with the guitars too high and an awful sound to them. Gets better though. Was excited about the prospect of a Xenon cover - 'Overnight Sensation', but much prefer the original.

30/12/03: Todd - jagger117@yahoo.com
Rating: 99
This cd is simply amazing! The production is great and Kelly's voice soars! I just can't say enough about this cd! Who cares if they are cover songs, they sound better then the originals! This could be my cd of the year!

23/12/03: david - davidgr50@hotmail.com
Rating: 70
A good album but the quality is unequal, and i think there are too many slow songs. But it sounds good and rocks as well. 3 really great songs: "here with me", "you'll be gone" and the covers of " just like a pill" from Pink is really huge, with a strong guitar riff and solo.
The sound is great and of course the vocals. I am waiting for the next album with news songs and not only covers

16/12/03: Mick - mickdoo22@aol.com
Rating: 50
Based on the reviews, I expected great things from this disc. Oh well...you can't win em' all. There is nothing here that hasn't been done a million times. It all seems stale to me. What really sealed it for me was the LAMEST version of Paul Alan's "Leaving Lonely" ever! WOW....talk about taking a brilliant song and just trashing it! And the guitar leads on the ride out from that song are a perfect example of why this sounds so dated. Just horrid....save your money!!!!

06/12/03: Ghostbuster - borry32@hotmail.com
Rating: 70
i sure like this album because i'm a fan of kelly....but how can you say that the production is good ? I'm sorry to say but it sounds a bit cheap like most of the frontiers releases.

29/11/03: freddy de keyzer - freddydekeyzer@hotmail.com
Rating: 78
A good record this is, but it would have had a higher rating if the songs were originals !!!!! It's all done well, it sounds good, Kelly sings beautiful, but why only covers ? !
That's a big minor point for me.
No, I still go for Pride Of Lions (album of the year), followed by the new and mighty Dream Theater (best musicians ever !)CD, Vertigo, Outland and Double Cross.
This falls short, although it's not bad at all !!!!

29/11/03: Almir - almirfus@terra.com.br
Rating: 90
This is a great melodic rock record. With songs that makes you feel like living in 21st century. Great production, great sound, great vocals. Not heavy but if you're in the right mood this is your record.

28/11/03: benny - top_gunner1_9@hotmail.com
Rating: 95
this is one of the best albums that came out this year. the first ten songs are realy magnificent, and thats very rare !!


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