LET IT GO
Now & Then / Frontiers FRCD 122
Produced by: Slav Simanic
Released: July 22 / Website
Relatives: Naro, 24K, Yngwie
Slav Simanic is a very talented guitarist, based in Toronto, but of European descent.|
His first album - the mainly instrumental Water Of Life - was a very enjoyable and rather melodic friendly guitar album that hinted of more good things to come.
It's been a few years since that and on his new album for Frontiers/Now & Then Slav has enlisted the help of fellow Toronto resident and friend Phil Naro to perform vocals.
Phil's voice is an ideal match for Slav's melodic, but hard edged guitar style - which is quite varied.
The album goes from light pop rock to heavy Kiss like melodic hard rock, to double kick drum drenched European style heavy rock.
Let It Go takes in happy go lucky AOR anthems like the title track, to moody rockers like I'm Going Up Higher, through the harder edge European style heavy rock of You're Never Going To Die and back again to heartfelt rock ballads like People Say.
In fact, the hook to People Say and Phil's vocal make it one of the better ballads of recent times. A real melodic gem.
When things get heavy - like on The Almighty - the album becomes a bit overbearing. The double kick drum pattern of several songs becomes too familiar.
The instrumental The Message Of Three Angels for example is prime Yngwie territory, with some severe riffing on offer. While that is great in it's own right, it musically doesn't match other parts of the album. I much prefer the happy go lucky pop rock on offer.|
It must be pointed out that of the 14 tracks, several are instrumental.
As a special value added bonus, the debut album Water Of Life is being packaged with this album for it's European release. Outstanding value for fans of guitar players and guitar driven hard rock.
|PRODUCTION: 70%||SONGS: 75%||VIBE: 75%||ATTITUDE: 80%||ESSENTIAL FOR: Fans of guitarists, Phil Naro fans, fans of guitar driven hard rock with a twist.|
DISCOGRAPHY:Water Of Life . Let It Go