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Album Review: L.R.S. - Down To The Core

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 8:10 PM

L.R.S. – Down To The Core

Written by Juliano Mallon


If you were an AOR/Melodic Rock enthusiast during the dark ages (Yes, I mean the 90’s with its shameful grunge) you might’ve been familiarized with such bands as 21 Guns, The Storm and Von. So, when a project put together members of those 3 bands, antecipation was something to be expected. And I was knee deep in anxiety when I got “Down To The Core” in my hands, the debut album from L.R.S., the Project fronted by the one and only Tommy LaVerdi with guitar expert Josh Ramos and drummer extraordinaire Michael Shotton. Together with producer and keyboardist Alessandro Del Vecchio, the trio came up with a killer album with an interesting aspect to it.


And this aspect is that L.R.S. didn’t stick to the obvious, melodically speaking, when you take the album as a whole. It doesn’t mean the album is an innovative one, but it sure as hell is hot isn’t a predictable one as well, especially as far as choruses go.


The album is packed with awesome rockers, such as “Our Love To Stay", the opening track that gives you a pretty good idea of what’s to come. The cool "Livin' 4 A Dream" (the first single off of the album) keeps the bar up high, being followed by the powerful mid-pacer "I Can Take You There" and "Never Surrender", a song that isn’t better because of the excessive keyboards, especially during the intro and in the chorus parts. But it doesn’t damage the listening experience, believe me.


"Almost Over You" is killer ballad that shows Tommy LaVerdi’s soaring vocals, proving the guy’s still in top form. One of my favorite tracks is “Universal Cry”, with its soft intro that slowly shifts into a powerful mid-pacer, full of guitars and keyboards.


Also, catchy rockers such as “Shadow Of A Man” and ‘Down To The Core” and the Power ballad “To Be Your Man” are sure picks as highlights of the album, together with all the aforementioned songs.


I was anxiously waiting for this album and the antecipation made me think of a possible disappointment, but c’mon: with an awesome vocalist, an inspired guitarist and a precise drummer, there’s no way the album would be anything less than absurdly excellent!!!


What I like the most about “Down To The Core” is that the arrangements were so well-crafted, everytime I give the album a new spin new elements are revealed in each and every song. You must give this album a proper listening, careful and a good scotch – or beer – in your hand.


“Down To The Core” is, to me, one of the best releases of the year and a mandatory purchase to every serious AOR/Melodic Rock fan.





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