Sunday, 25 January 2015

Jeff Scott Soto - Prism (2002)

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Melodic Hard Rock 
Original Release Date: 2002
Label: Frontiers Records

Prism is just the 2nd solo album from Jeff Scott Soto. This man has been around for many years now and has sang on albums with acts like Axel Rudi Pell, Talisman, Takara, Eyes, Humanimal, Yngwie Malmsteen and many more. His first solo album "Love Parade" was released back in 1994 but was more of a groovy rock album mixed with funk and it was a big disappointment. This time he´s back to his melodic rock roots and this reminds very much of Takara and Eyes at their best. The production is very good and solid and takes the songs to a higher level. He has written all the songs by himself except for a cover he sings a duet with Glenn Hughes called "I Want To Take You Higher". "Prism" is a great mixture of rockers and ballads where he sings with emotion and power. The album opens up with the best song of the album called "Eyes Of Love". This is a fantastic AOR/Rock song with a chorus that reminds of both Takara and Eyes. I love the keyboards in the chorus and its very catchy and cheerful. "Don’t Come Easy" starts off very slow and acoustic but turns into a great mid-tempo AOR-song that is a mixture of Tyketto, Eyes and put in some traces of Talisman. The song has good background vocals. The pianoballad "Don’t Wanna Say Goodbye" could have come from the Eyes debut. Jeff shows his best side here and what an incredible singer he is. "Holding On" is Takara all the way with just better production and the keyboards are brilliant. "Prism" is a great melodic AOR/ROCK album that will please fans of Jeff Scott Soto, Takara and Eyes for sure. This is the best album Jeff has done since the 2nd Eyes album in my ears and this is ear candy for fans of AOR/ROCK. You also get a promotional video for the song "Eyes Of Love" as bonus on this album. Melodic Net