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SCRYSCRAPER ELEVATION REVIEW 2014

 

SKYSCRAPER - ELEVATION

GHOST DANCER MUSIC/CARGO RECORDS

SEPTEMBER 8 2014

 

 

One studio project that deserves to be seen out there live is the Norwegian/UK combo  Skyscraper who have produced a Melodic Rock album that veers towards AOR and really does cut the mustard.

 

Though there may be nothing here that will surprise any fans of melodic Rock where Skyscraper hit a home-run is with their songs which remind you of that oft derided supergroup Bad English (in truth as well as a host of others of the early eighties era).

 

Starting out with opener ‘Sail Away’ Skyscraper it’s immediately obvious that vocalist Lee Small (ex-UK AOR masters Shy) has some great pipes that elevate the music on Elevation to another level.  The song itself, despite its brevity is one of the more complex moments here, moving from a slow pace to a full-pelt sprint without overdoing it.

 

At its best the album is wonderfully sublime and while songs like ‘Fay Wray’ and ‘Runaway Hearts’ deliver the rockier goods you might expect, it’s the slower numbers that really grab you. ‘Where Love is Waiting’ is timeless and classy in any currency; ‘Everybody Cries sometimes’ is simply beautiful and heartfelt and ‘Runaway Hearts’ understated and burning with passion (the acoustic version is perhaps even better).  

 

In the AOR mould the title track delivers a dreamy take on a mid-tempo classic-to-be; and ‘Sweet Little Sister’ adds a soulful vocal that nails the song probably better than any other here. It’s not all winners though with the rather cloying ‘Through the Eyes of Liberty’ overly sentimental and seemingly squarely aimed straight at the US market.

 

All in all this is a great debut where you can easily forgive the odd slight misstep. If yu love Melodic Rock of the lighter kind ‘Elevation’ is a great listen and the vocals add to the overall sound to make it truly memorable.

 

 

by Jo Rockpit

 

SCRYSCRAPER ELEVATION - HARD ROCK ALBUM REVIEW 2014