Joe Lynn Turner
Joe Lynn Turner knows his target audience, his vocal range and is keenly aware of his past. His albums reflect those attributes – solid lead vocals, good melodic hard rock and a musical style that suits comfortably with his past efforts in Rainbow and Deep Purple.|
Recently Joe has found a soul mate in Glenn Hughes and together the two have already made an impression on classic hard rock fans.
So with HTP active and guest spots on several other projects including the new Brazen Abbot album, how does Joe add to his solo legacy?
By recording his best solo album to date. In doing that, Joe hasn't strayed from the formula of past solo albums – which is essentially a blend of bluesy Rainbow/Purple-esque hard rock. Nor has he changed his vocal style or the style of song you will find on all his solo albums.
But what he has done is relaxed a little and recorded and album of more melodic and accessible songs.
The last album tended to be a little too heavy and dark, but this album is easier on the ears, contains more vocal melodies and sees a more lighter theme.
And coupled with stronger songs in general, the result is very pleasing. And for these reasons I rate it his best solo album to date.
JLT may indeed attract some new fans with this release, but essentially this will please all those that have listened to and bought past records.
In Cold Blood rocks like any great bluesy anthem that is designed to open an album with impact, but contains a really strong melody and strong lead vocal.
Jump Start has all the swagger of a track designed to follow the faster paced into and Love Don't Live Here Anymore is a finely crafted ballad that again features a great harmony and strong sentimental edge. Excess is a moody blues epic.
The feel good rocker Fantasize picks up the pace just when it was needed and is a strong album track.
Blood Fire sounds like it could have been lifted from Purple's Slaves And Masters, while Driving With My Eyes Closed rocks hard and fast.
The only track that doesn't really work is Let's Go, which has a thinner sound, weak chorus and sadly lacking rhythm guitar presence.
Don't expect anything new or ground breaking, but do expect a solid dose of bluesy hard rock featuring those unmistakable raspy vocals.
It's also great to see Al Pitrelli back to his melodic best, with some fine guitar parts throughout the album.
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