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CD REVIEW SEVENTH KEY I WILL SURVIVE

SEVENTH KEY

I WILL SURVIVE

FRONTIERS RECORDS

2013

 

 

MELODIC MASTERCLASS

 

 

2013 has been a great year for Melodic Rock and whilst there may not have been any absolute classics so far there have been plenty of very solid offerings.

 


Seventh Key’s ‘I Will Survive’ is the best I’ve heard all year as far as this genre goes it’s solid gold: beautifully crafted songs played by a band at the very top of their game, this is an album you will be savoring for years to some.

 


From the progressive sounding intro to the title track to the closer ‘I Want It All’ Seventh key produce some interesting twists and rich textures to lay over the solid template of Melodic Rock. At times you’re almost reminded of Kansas or even Supertramp (though maybe that last one is a stretch?); and given the band’s lineage that’s really not surprising I guess.

 


So nine years after the last studio outing Seventh Key the creative force of Billy Greer (currently with Kansas) and Mike Slamer (ex-City Boy) bring us a set of gems, from the more or less straight bat of AOR highlight ‘Lay it on the line’ to the slower ‘I See You There’ that takes things down a notch, pours on the sugar and soars with an amazing chorus.

 


If you want great vocals, sweet harmonies, and genuinely well-written songs not without their nuances, yet solidly AOR at heart this is the album of the year.

 


Listen to the violin on ‘Sea of Dreams’; the chorus of ‘Time and Time Again’; the instrumentation on ‘I See you There’; the guitar on ‘It’s just a State of Mind’ or the atmospheric ‘Down’ and you still only have part of the appeal.

 


It’s hard to pick favourites on an album as solid as this, but how about the wonderful ‘What Love’s Supposed to Be’ which starts on keys, piano and vocal and builds into something you’ll find unforgettable.

 


Melodic rock has been getting stronger and stronger over the last few years with some genuinely great releases, Add this to that list. I’ll be playing this for a long time.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD REVIEW SEVENTH KEY I WILL SURVIVE 2013