A band from Melbourne Australia that defy conventions by producing a master-class of silky smooth guitar-infused AOR isn’t something that comes around too often so it’s worth taking note of the name ‘Rock In Fusion’. But with some wonderful melodies and sweet vocals, this is an album you may well find yourself falling in love with.
‘Destiny’ that opens proceedings throws a curve-ball of sorts with an initial opening guitar sound that has a little blues about it before the vocals kick in and dominate the subdued groove. This is late night music that even cooks up a staccato almost reggae-like refrain before the melody clicks back in layering it in laid back AOR.
In an album of subtle contrasts ‘Dial My Number’ has grittier guitar and more impassioned vocals to up the tempo. It’s one of the most instantly memorable tracks here and piques the senses to see what’s coming next. Taking the pace even further ‘It’s all Good’ suggests a rockier path and ends up being one of the tracks that really sticks out.
The best perhaps though is the title track, which chugs along on a riff that suggests increasing returns. The almost ‘Soul-like’ phrasing of the vocal adds another dimension though, and you begin to appreciate the subtleties of the compositions here.
The meat of the album is solid too with both ‘Storms’ and ‘Go Now’ keeping the interest going; while ‘Like The Wind’ that follows is another of the up-tempo highlights.
There are some dips, though overall it’s hardly noticeable. ‘I Need You, You Need Me’ breaks records for the number of ‘Nah Nah Nah’s’ in song lyrics which is a shame as musically it’s a fine composition with some smoking hot guitar, just let down by the lyrics. Closer ‘Red Roses’ then takes us into Stevie Nicks territory, it’s a nice song and shows another side to the band, but it’s not the strongest song here and doesn’t end on quite the high you’d hoped for.
All in all though this is a strong set of songs by a talented band that are doing things their way and demanding your attention.