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Shortino / Northrup Afterlife MTM Music
0681-100
· Produced By: Jeff Northrup

· Running Time: 44.55

· Release Date: May 17

· Released: EU

· Musical Style: Melodic Rock

· Links: Jeff Northrup Paul Shortino MTM
90%
Songs: 90%
Sound: 90%
Jeff Northrup and Paul Shortino team up for the second time together – the first being the acclaimed 1993 hard rock outing Back On Track, which was re-released with bonus tracks late last year.
Don't expect a carbon copy of that album, as Afterlife is a little different. After all, it is 11 years later and the guys have matured.
Back On Track was a great American hard rock album with traces of blues rock. Afterlife is a far more refined and somewhat mellower affair. It has its share of rockers, but the majority of this album is classy, but simple, pure melodic rock.
I hasten to add that this style suits the guys down to the ground and the album as a whole is definitely more accomplished than their first and also some of the best material from either of the guys. They work beautifully together and one can only hope it won't be another 11 years before we hear a third album.
This is a dark and very personal album with some inspired and haunting lyrics from Northrup, with Shortino's warm and raspy voice proving a perfect cohort.
Track By Track:
Here I Am is a good rocking opening, with the distinct Shortino rasp in control.
Afterlife is a gem of a melodic rock track – moody, dark and very melodic with a great chorus hook.
Like A Stone is a soft piano ballad with a gut wrenching vocal from Paul. Very haunting.
It's time to rock again and Crazy Mind proves to be one of the album's heavier tracks, rocking with a big guitar driven Led Zeppelin swagger. The song also featres Johnny Edwards on a lead vocal duet – his voice adds weight to an already strong song and is very reminiscent of the JK Northrup album from a couple of years back (which featured Edwards).
Feel Again is a mid-tempo melodic rock with a big chorus and great melodic vocal hook.
Crossfire sees a return to the hard edged Led Zep vibe of Crazy Mind.
Slave is moodier and darker and somewhat mellow, while still managing to rock quite nicely.
Gypsy Soul is another moody mid-tempo rock track with another strong chorus.
Mark My Words picks up the pace a little, just as it was needed. This is a sharp and pacey guitar fuelled instrumental that fits the album quite well.
As I Fall is a little different – it has a modern rock vibe and Paul sings this with a different tone that both suits him and suggests the guys are capable of bending the rules quite successfully.
Prisoner is a great acoustic ballad with a big sentimental chorus that should please and impress fans of the duo.
The Bottom Line
This is a very smooth album which features some very find performances and possibly the strongest material of Jeff Northrup's career thus far. The songs are very melodic and highly memorable and given true emotional validity with some extremely emotional and powerful vocals from Paul Shortino.
Couple these elements with a highly polished sound and a great production, which makes Afterlife a very enjoyable melodic rock release.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
· Play It On 11
· Back On Track
· Afterlife

Line Up
· Paul Shortino: Vocals
· JK Northrup: Guitars, Bass, Synth, Percussion
· BE Haggard: Drums
· Nir Averbuch: Keyboards

Essential for fans of:
· Paul Shortino & Jeff Northrup - Back On Track
· JK Northrup - JK Northrup
Track Listing
· Here I Am*
· Afterlife*
· Like A Stone
· Crazy Mind*
· Feel Again*
· Crossfire*
· Slave to the Feeling
· Gypsy Soul
· Mark My Words
· As I Fall
· Prisoner
--*Best Tracks


30/12/04: Mario - poison_@libero.it
Rating: 90
What a beautiful album! It flows away with no problems, it's conventional and innovative (in a certain way..) at the same.Shortino sounds really good, and the same does Northrup.
The lyrics are basically nothing new, but nobody wants Paul Shortino to change, right? I'm afraid I'll never see S&N touring around here in Italy, it disappoints me!

14/08/04: Locksly - Stix90210@yahoo.com
Rating: 92
You guy's are just splended!
After a several times of hearing this album I tried to pick it a part like I do on any album, on production, vocals, music and the direction you where traveling on.
My opinion, over all I gave it a 92%. Very Nice!!!Guy's..
The production / Mastering was some of the best I have heard in years, also lyrically, vocally, with great heart felt guitar playing. This album really kick's Butt!! It's exciting to listen to. Thank you both for putting out some great music.

01/08/04: MusicMann - purjfo98@msn.com
Rating: 88
I've loved Paul Shortino's singing since I heard the first note of Rough Cutt's s/t LP. He doesn't put out anything that isn't good musically. The first LP he did with Jeff (Back on Track) was excellent. The only problem I had was with the production. It wasn't done in an expensive studio with all the expensive tools so I was what it was. Afterlife is about the same. Great songs, great singing and some of the best guitar work I've heard in awhile. As a player myself, Jeff impressed me with this one. Good job guys!

19/05/04: Scott Vice - svice@csd.ca.gov
Rating: 91
This Northrup/Shortino album, "Afterlife" eclipses anything that either of these artists has ever accomplished in their careers, whether solo or together. It is sonically superior, and the songs are the most heartfelt – lyrically, vocally and musically –to anything they've previously recorded. There are some great catch hooks, guitar riffs, and raw vocals on this album. It’s worth every penny you have to pay to get one!

18/05/04: Freddy De Keyzer - freddydekeyzer@hotmail.com
Rating: 50
Well, the more I listen to this, the more I'm disappointed. Paul is not singing like he usually can on this disc ! His voice seems to be forced and is too raw.
And the songs are very, very average ! There is also no clear direction to be found (hardrock ?).
No, not the album I expected at all !

18/05/04: Steve - Milkyway5150@yahoo.com
Rating: 98
I couldn't wait to get this ,I just got my CD today .
Now this is a powerful & Soul Full, Yet Ah, so Awsome CD.
My vote best CD of the year! Every song takes you on a magical Journey. You guy's have moved me.
Shortino & Northrup I am glad your back on track, and hope to see you live in concert soon.

18/05/04: Justin - Justhunted@aol.com
Rating: 99
I truly belive this is the best work that shorinto has done in a while if not ever. Every song has its own magic to it. This album has every thing from great chourses to killer guitar riffs!!In my opinion the best cd of the year!!


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