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Adellaide - 2017 Flying High


ARTIST: Adellaide
ALBUM: Flying High
LABEL: Lion's Pride Music
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Daniel Vargas - vocals * Ale Nammur - guitar * Cadu Yamazaki - bass * Leandro Freitas - keyboards * Claudio Nammur - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Running * 02 Lion's Den * 03 Nights In Japan * 04 Stone Of Truth * 05 Blind Love * 06 Heroes * 07 Andrea * 08 Talisman * 09 Learn To Live * 10 Nothing Will Keep Us Apart * 11 Caroline



I remember back in 2016, raving about these young Brazilians with the release of their first ep. If I remember correctly, they were unsigned at the time, but soon after we picked up by the Danish label Lion's Pride Music. I've known Daniel Vargas since that time, as we are contacts on Facebook, and I try to keep abreast of what is happening in the Lion's Pride camp (thanks to Chris Siloma's PR work). Unfortunately for me, this album landed about the time when we having system problems at GDM during the middle of last year. So we get to this one late, sorry about that.

The Songs
The first thing I'll say, is play this thing loud, because it comes to life when the speaker cones are bending backward.. lol! Adellaide are off to a flyer (all puns intended) with 'Running', a fast-paced opener with great guitar work and tinkly keys. 'Lion's Den' is similar in style to European acts in recent times, think Lionville and bands in that style. You can hear the faint exotic influence on 'Nights In Japan', 'Stone Of Truth' is a bit tougher in delivery, with a strong synth lead throughout. 'Blind Love' is the first ballad, is good without setting my bonfire alight. 'Heroes' is my pick of the bunch so far, melodic synths and tasty lead guitar work from Ale Nammur. Not far behind in the pecking order is 'Learn To Live', an uptempo melodic rocker that should find favour with many of you. 'Talisman' (is this a tribute to the band of the same name?) is another to strike the motherload of European influence, particularly recent Italian projects). The restrained intro to 'Nothing Will Keep Us Apart' is a bit misleading, as it kicks into high-gear soon after. Nice track. The two tracks with girl's names: 'Andrea' and 'Caroline' are (surprisingly) not ballads, but fairly mild to medium rockers with a bit of zing in both.

In Summary
Daniel's vocals are a blend of Jeff Scott Soto and Steve Perry, though not directly drilling into either singer's tone. It's more style and influence rather than tonal. As a full album this is solid representation of AOR coming out of Brazil. Good to see a more melodic side coming out of that country, I hope we see more bands in this style.

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