Tuesday, 31 August 2010 19:04 | Written by Lazy Rocker |
ALBUM: ONE TICKET TO PARADISE
LABEL: TANZAN MUSIC / FASTBALL
RELEASE DATE: 16-JUN-10 RATING 83/100
GENRE: MELODIC ROCK
PRODUCER: MARIO PERCUDANI & HUNGRYHEART
MYSPACE PAGE: http://www.myspace.com/hungryheartofficial
REVIEWER: MARC "LAZY ROCKER" SCHNEIDERS
Melodic Rock is still very alive in Italy! A few months ago I reviewed Shining Line's debut album. Now I found another Italian band on my desk for review:
HungryHeart are around and rocking the stages in their home country since the late 90's. In 2008 they released their self-titled debut, that was long awaited and highly appreciated by the media as well as by the fans. The album was listed Top 5 in several voting polls of the magazines and got great reviews all over the place. Now, two years later, HungryHeart release their second effort: "One Ticket To Paradise". To be honest and yes, shame on me... I didn't know the band, so I can't compare it to their debut album.
A little research learned me that the band changed its rhythm section (Lele Meola and Emilio Sobacchi were replaced by Steve Lozzi and Paolo Botteschi) but the main persons Josh Zighetti (vocals) and Mario Percudani (guitar player / songwriter) stayed. In addition the production is really okay. The mixing was done by Alessandro Del Vecchio, while Michael Voss (MadMax, Casanova, Voices Of Rock) did the mastering.
First track on the album is the kick-starter "Stand Up", a nice melodic rocker with keyboard parts from Alessandro Del Vecchio. This is followed by the title track "One Ticket To Paradise". Another great up-tempo rocker with a massive chorus and perfect harmonies. One of my favorite tracks.
"Let Somebody Love You" is a mid-tempo ballad with Josh Zighetti and guitar player Mario Percudani on lead vocals. A song that takes you back to the time that powerballads ruled the charts. Another easy listening ballad is "A Million Miles Away" with a Toto-like intro and a great mid-tempo chorus. Now it's only Mario Percudani with his raspy voice on lead vocals. Keyboard parts on this track were done by Gotthard’s Nicolò Fragile.
"Boulevard of Love", "Get Lost" and "Angela" are guitar-driven rockers while “Love Is The Right Way” starts very slow before it opens out very loud with "Let's Keep On Tryin".
“Just A Little Closer” is a killer radio friendly tune and the splendid cover of the King of Pop Michael Jackson's “Man In The Mirror” features some great guitar work as well. I just hope they choose this track for the right reason and not for a commercial reason.
The eased down ballad of “You Won’t Be Alone” closes the album. Apparently the band thinks Mario Percudani's voice takes the ballads to a higher level as he does the lead vocals again (together with front man Josh Zighetti). And I agree on that.
In my copy something went wrong with the range of the pages of the bookwork inside the album. Page 3 and 9 are switched. I just hope for them this mistake is not made in the whole pressing. As an artist putting so much effort in your music that is something that would really piss you off...
Fans of melodic hard rock in the style of old Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Journey, Giant or Bad English can buy this album for sure. HungryHeart delivers one well-done cover and eleven new songs which are just great with catchy melodies, surprising hooks and always guitar orientated. There are not really weak songs on "One Ticket To Paradise". Many reviews said that the debut album is even better so time for me to check that out.
There is a European tour later in the year the details of which can be found on the bands official website, MySpace page or of course on this website. If they are around, do yourself a favour and buy your own Ticket To Paradise...
01. Stand Up *
02. One Ticket To Paradise *
03. Let Somebody Love You *
04. Boulevard Of Love
05. A Million Miles Away *
07. Love Is The Right Way
08. Let's Keep On Tryin'
09. Just A Little Closer
10. Get Lost
11. Man In the Mirror (Michael Jackson cover)
12. You Won't Be Alone
Josh Zighetti - lead/background vocals
Mario Percudani - lead vocals (on #3, 5, 7 & 12), guitars and background vocals
Steve Lozzi - bass guitar
Paolo Botteschi - drums and background vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards and background vocals (1,2,4)
Marco Tansini - guitar and keyboards (3,6,12)
Nicolo Fragile - keyboards (5,11)
Paolo 'Apollo' Negri - Hammond organ (8)
Stefano Bertoglio - percussion (12)
Graziano 'Il Conte' DeMurtas - background vocals (2,10)
Barbara Boffelli - background vocals (3)
Elisa Paganelli - background vocals (5,8,9,11)
Luke Paterniti - background vocals (9,10)
Brad Mormino - background vocals (12)
Produced and arranged by Mario Percudani and Hungryheart.
Recorded by Mario Percudani and Paolo Botteschi.
Recorded at Pacific Studio, Codogno (Italy).
Mixed by Alessandro Del Vecchio at HitFactory Studio, Massalengo (Italy).
Mastered by Michael Voss at Kidroom Music Studio, Munster (Germany).