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POWERPLAY - ALL THOSE YEARS

TARGET RECORDS | Release Date: September 4 2015

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Danish West-Coast/AOR Melodic Rockers ‘Powerplay’ have been silent for two decades, but are back with ‘All Those Years’ and an album that hints at bands like Toto, Starship and others of that ilk.


Most of the songs here are your standard lush, luxuriously-layers compositions that manage to be both uplifting and full of sweet melody, understated guitar and solid musicianship. Indeed both openers ‘City of Love’ and the title track tick a lot of boxes for fans of the genre, but it’s on tracks like ‘Why are You Running Away’ and ‘Cry Freedom’ where the album really seems to find its groove and really comes alive.


The bio for this release also name-checks Supertramp and there are touches throughout that echo that band, ballad ‘Going Home’ for example has a refrain that certainly could appear on a Supertramp album, and ‘All Those Years’ has a swing and construction not a million miles away but in truth it’s not an overwhelming influence on the cool West-Coast sound and most listeners might equally just see it as progressive flourishes permeating the sound.


The album closes out as sweetly as it began with both ‘Climb a Mountain’; the funkier ‘Don’t Walk Away’ and closer ‘Bad Bone’ impressing.


If you love you AOR this is another fine release for 2015.

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 


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