|Posted on April 7, 2014 at 10:10 PM|
Overland – Epic
Written by Juliano Mallon
There ain’t much to talk about Steve Overland that you haven’t heard yet. His abbilities as a performer and composer preceed him and that’s why I’ll focus on “Epic”, his third solo effort under the Overland moniker.
In a nutsheel, “Epic” sounds more like FM than FM itself if we compare Mr. Overland’s album with both FM’s “Rockville” releases.
Steve Overland delivers solid performances, using his unmistakable soaring vocals together with the pretine production by wizard Mike Slamer. Also, the album features the illustrious presences of veteran Billy Greer and two Unruly Child’s alumni: Jay Schellen and Larry Antonio.
With a team like that, there ws no way in hell the album could’ve done you wrong!!
Always bringing elements from the parallel projects he’s a part of (such as The Ladder and Shadowman), “Epic” stays in the same melodic path as its predecessor, the great “Diamnod Dealer”, released in 2009. It means the new album is packed with excellent radio-friendly AOR, and with Mike Slamer the whole thing was brought to a new – and higher – level.
The album is very strong and with a tight tracklist is hard to pick one or two tracks as the best ones, but I really recommend you turn up the volume to 10 when listening to “Radio Radio”, “If Looks Could Kill”, “Stranded”, the fantastic “Liberate My Heart” (written with Fredrik Bergh and, therefore, not a surprise it sounds so much like Street Talk), “Wild” and “The End Of The Road”.
“Epic” is out now, via Escape Music and is a much recommended purchase for any serious AOR enthusiast.
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