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CD HOUSTON II REVIEW

CD HOUSTON

II

2013

 

 

MELODIC WONDERLAND

 

 

For those fans of Houston’s debut ‘II’ has been hotly anticipated, the only question being could it match the Melodic Rock majesty of the debut? Lead single ‘I’m Coming Home’ seemed to indicate it would when it dropped last week, and while it’s our standout, it settles nicely within an album that is pure unadulterated pleasure for fans of the genre.  

 

 

Houston may be a young band, they may be from Sweden rather than the US but the recipe that made their debut so essential three years ago now is replicated to deliver something so smooth, multi-layered and satisfying you’ll be playing it to death. Opening with the sumptuous ‘Glory’ there’s obvious love and time involved in the recipe, with Tommy Denander in fine form throughout supplying some memorable guitar.   

 

 

If you hanker after the sound of vintage Journey, Toto or Survivor (three bands we were fortunate enough to see at this year’s Hi-Rock Festival in Germany) this is for you. We move at times from the sheer silky AOR of tracks like ‘Talk to Me’ and ‘Return My Heart’ to the faster paced fist-pumping action of I’m Coming Home’ and the summery ‘Back to the Summer of Love’ all of which underline what a great vocalist Hank Erix is, and what qualities he brings to the mix.

 

 

For us amongst some solid tracks it’s single ‘I’m Coming Home’ and the majestic ‘Losing’ and opener ‘Glory’ that stand out if you need a quick fix.  That trio could be three of the best Melodic Rock songs you’ll hear all year.

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD HOUSTON II REVIEW 2013