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RAIN
HOUSE OF DREAMS

Kivel Records
Produced by: Rain

Released: OUT NOW / Website
Relatives: Bon Jovi, Jaded Heart
GENRE: AOR
OVERALL: 93%

  1. Bad For Everything
  2. Anywhere The Wind Blows
  3. Make A Break
  4. Talkin' To An Angel
  5. Bring It On
  6. No Such Thing
  7. Miss Myself
  8. Everytime You Go
  9. Ain't Found Heaven Yet
  10. Can I Say If
  11. Talkin' To My Heart
  12. Sentimental Sunday
  13. Soul

Rain the band are from Norway and feature some establsihed guys in the scene over there.
Lars Forseth on guitar, Tore Moren also on guitar, Audun Norgaard on bass and Peppa Bruvold on drums form the foundation of the band, with German vocalist Michael Bormann (Jaded Heart) brought in to perform vocals.
The band recorded a set of songs that they shopped to labels in 1999. Those songs became heavily traded amongst rock fans and therefore when the band were finally picked up for release, by the good folk at Kivel Records, changes needed to be made.
Those changes included adding 2 brand new songs (Make A Break & Bring It On) and re-mixing the entire project, plus re-recording some parts.
The result is a brand spanking new album that sounds a million bucks and features some of the best moody European styled melodic rock heard in ages.
The thing that grabs me about this record is it's energy. It's positively overflowing with good vibes and despite being a somewhat softer vein of melodic rock, it still rolls along at a cracking pace.
Rain is composed and based around acoustic guitars, but this is no unplugged album. Vocalist Michael Bormann can vary his style, but in this case does his best emotional and powerful solo style Jon Bon Jovi vocals.
Some tracks work better than others, I personally think there are a half a dozen better tracks than the opening track, but on the fabulously uptemo Anywhere The Wind Blows and Ain't Found Heaven Yet, plus the pop ballad Sentimental Sunday you will be hard pushed to find better melodic rock tracks anywhere.
Despite being recorded nearly 18 months after the original sessions, Make A Break and Bring It On slot into the album seamlessly. If you are a fan of the demo's, these two songs continue the style and good work of those original songs.
For an album based on acoustic guitar, the style sure changes a lot. There's the pure acoustics of No Such Thing, the angst ridden and powerful modern rock feel of Miss Myself, the atmospheric and laid back feel good Everytime You Go, to the country twang of Soul.
A very diverse, but very consistent set of songs makes this album an essential purchase for those that love it moody, love it melodic and love it filled with fine musicianship - not to mention the hooks and the harmonies!
BOTTOM LINE: This is another classic melodic rock release. Michael Bormann does a great job on vocals, but the true praise must go to the band behind the album.
An album of this nature hasn't been on offer for some time, so I'm loving every minute of it.
We all know the demos for this album have been around for more than 2 years now. But ironically, this release was re-mixed and added to so much that those demo's are still going to be collectable! This is almost another album entirely and one that I highly recommend.
PRODUCTION: 95% SONGS: 90% VIBE: 92%ATTITUDE: 94%
ESSENTIAL FOR: All Michael Bormann fans, fans of strong acoustic driven melodic rock, some Bon Jovi fans.



24/09/03: Geoff - g.a.wols@ponl.com
Rating: 90
Man, what a great collection of demos. I love everything Michael Bormann puts his name too and this was certainly not going to be the exception. What a great collection of commercial hard rock songs.

'Bad For Everything', 'Anywhere The Wind Blows', 'Make A Break', 'Talkin' To An Angel', 'Bring It On' and 'No Such Thing' are all great tracks, some better than others, but all very cool.
For me, though, it's when 'Miss Myself' steps up that we really get cracking. What a beautiful track! One of my faves. But then straight away you get 'Everytime You Go' with some of the most alluring hooks possible, which seems to be what the rest of the album is all about. Great melodic rock songs with hooks to sell the ranch for! 'Ain't Found Heaven Yet' is no exception. 'Can I Say If' is balladic bliss and another tear wrencher.
'Talkin' To My Heart' is as much a fave as any. Where do hooks like this come from? Amazing song!
'Sentimental Sunday' is very nice too, and sentimental as the title suggests.
'Soul' is my least fave track, but I'd already been amazed by this point enough.

What can I say? Brilliant and nothing short of it! I love this album and if you like hook filled commercial hard rock you will too!

06/07/02: kc_rocker - kc_rocker@webtv.net
Rating: 75
well this cd was a bit of a disappointment to me...i bought this cd purely because of borman vocals and it was a little to summery like one f the reviews mentioned above...dont get me wrong it is still a very good cd,great sound,great musicians...just like it to be less acoustical...still well orth buyng the cd....i hear there ding a new cd...i hope the make it slightly heavier than this.....thanks for reading my rant and raves thanks

rob

29/06/02: scott - mickeyworld@earthlink.net
Rating: 80
This album is one of those feel good, breezy summer records. Everything has an acoustic feel and while not all that original its still good melodic rock. Michael Bormann sounds as good as ever. I actually enjoyed this more than Jaded Heart's latest but neither compare to Bormanns other recent work (JH's "IV" and "Mystery Eyes" & The Sygnet "Children of the Future") but would reccomend it to his fans as well as fans of Bon Jovi's acoustic style songs.

05/06/02: J.C. - jason80@iol.it
Rating: 75
Michael Bormann it's the better rock singer I've ever heard.
Alas, Rain sounds like a pale copy of Bon Jovi.
House of dreams is however a good cd, I like it. Give it a chance but before hear Jaded Heart and Dokken...

03/06/02: Zoe Efstathiou - glamdoll_gr@yahoo.com
Rating: 50
Well i got this cd because i like Michael Bormann's vocals but it was a complete disapointment for me. The reason was that although the production is very good and the vocals kick ass i believe that the songs are very poor. I think that most of the songs either sound like actual Bon Jovi songs with different lyrics or like a Bon Jovi leftover would sound.
For example the verse of track number 2 "Anywhere the wind blows" sounds exactly like Bon Jovi's "Wild in the streets", the intro of track 3 "Make a break" is like Bon Jovi's "Lay your hands on me", the intro of track 5 "Bring it on" sounds like a Backstreet boys version of "It's my life".The most ridiculous of all is of course track 8.When i first listened to it i thought it was a cover Hendrix's Little Wing because the intro is identical.

Well the 50 points go to Michael Bormann whose vocals are superb as always but i prefer to listen to more original stuff. I believe that Michael Bormann deserves better than that because i have listened to his solo album which is awesome.




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