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LastWorld - 'Time' Hot

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Written by Central Electronic Brain     September 19, 2019    
 
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Transports you back to the sound of the eighties when AOR/Melodic Rock like this could see you topping the Billboard charts.

This US record breezes in with some cool guitar, sweet vocal melodies and a track about living for the weekend. It brings on nostalgia, like looking through old photos, as it transports you back to the sound of the eighties when AOR/Melodic Rock like this could see you topping the Billboard charts. The band are essentially multi-instrumentalist and song-writer Jim Shepard, who has released a few solo albums, and David Cagle, a man who has sung all kinds of genres over the years but appeals most to readers of this magazine due to his collaboration last year with JK Northrup (who actually does the mastering job for this record) on 'That's Gonna Leave A Mark', an album that picked up lots of rave reviews.

Mr. MelodicRock.com Andrew McNiece, who has released albums featuring both artists recently on his label, was able to introduce them to each other with the intention of seeing what musical sparks flew. It feels more polished than Shepard's last solo record 'Jaded', partly because that album used several singers, but sticking with Cagle throughout this effort proves to be a better move. One singer gives it more cohesiveness and Cagle is a classy vocalist.

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The record has a distinct US feel that at times reminded me of Jimmy Davis & Junction and occasionally solo Danny Wylde (Pre-Rembrandt days). The title-track is that Friday night feeling encapsulated in a song, while 'Four Leaf Clover' has the kind of hook most Melodic Rock groups try to aspire to. It also slightly reminds me of Shadow King in the verse which can't be a bad thing. 'Love Is Just A Matter Of Time' with its chugging riff and radio-friendly chorus is exactly the kind of song Heart should be covering these days, if they weren't constantly trying to deny their late eighties/early nineties output. There is a bit more of a modern punch on 'Fallen', 'Don't Bother Me' and 'Alive' which have a slightly darker feel to the guitar and lyrics, while the bonus track 'Lose You Now' adds some saxophone − can't get more eighties than that!

Stateside AOR is always welcome, but it's becoming increasingly rare. We rely on the Europeans to keep the Melodic Rock flame burning so acts like LastWorld are a precious gift we should treasure.

Duncan Jamieson

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