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CHASING VIOLETS – Outside Heaven

| 11 February 2013 | Reply

Label: Perris Records
Released: 2012
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
8/10

Chasing Violets - Outside Heaven CD

From the stabs of cheery keyboards that open I Can’t Love No More, the comparisons to Eighties-era Heart are instantly registered, the vocals of French sisters Sarah & Melissa Fontaine perfectly capturing that moment in time.

With AOR vets Frederic Slama and Paul Sabu behind the scenes – and playing on most of the tracks – there is little doubt that the end result would be a mighty slab of melodic soft rock, and that’s exactly what Outside Heaven offers.

Every one of the 13 tracks on offer features an authentically Eighties AOR sound, whilst not sounding in any way dated.  The melodies are huge, and this album would have been all over the radio and MTV back in the day.

Voices In The Wind could well be a lost Stevie Nicks classic, whilst the title track and Hole In Paradise are just fantastic pieces of melodic rock songwriting.  Being French, the sister’s English is sometimes a little clumsy, but this merely adds to the charm of the album in a ‘flawed to perfection’ fashion.

Cease Fire may be the quintessential melodic rock song, as perfect and smooth as alabaster, and featuring a fiery solo and gloriously lush backing vocals.

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