Track Listing
Don't Give Up (1)
Lies Feed On Lies
I Should Have Known Better (3)
Over You
Fire Within
Not That Innocent
Make It Mine
Souls On Fire
7 am (2)
Until I Change Your Heart

(*) Best Tracks

Ceremony Of Innocence (2)
Yeah (1)

Buy it if you liked:
Radioactive - Ceremony Of Innocence
- Blind
MTM Music
Produced By: Tommy Denander
Running Time: 55.03 Release Date: April 28
Released: EU Genre: Melodic Rock
WebLink: Tommy Denander LabelLink: MTM

Tommy Denander's debut Radioactive release took years to put together after recordings were initially started with the guys from Toto and various other LA session musicians. It was one of Tommy's best albums and due to the nature of the project was deemed to be a one off. But Tommy was convinced to put another Radioactive album together and in much the same way as the debut, he has gathered some top musicians and well regarded vocalists and recorded the album Yeah.
And funnily enough, despite the debut being partly recorded on a major label budget and the time that was put into it, this is a better album in every sense.
In fact, I consider it Tommy's best release to date, re-setting the benchmark for all future projects. It will be tough to beat this album, let me tell you.
I've given Tommy both praise and criticism in the past, mainly over his consistently familiar guitar sound. What pleases me most about Yeah is the varied guitar tones and sonic depth of the music. Through the album's 12 songs we are treated to some strong riffs, a continuously changing feel and best of all, some blistering solos.
That's the other key to this album's strength. This is a far rockier album than Tommy's recent work with Jim Jidhed and even the debut Radioactive album. Tommy sounds far more comfortable giving himself some room to stretch, allowing the guitar to dominate the songs and providing the listener with some of the best guitar work I have heard in a long time.
I really love the fact that every track features a strong and powerful solo - something modern rock acts sad miss.
Although there are keyboard flurries and plenty of vocal harmonies throughout, this really is a guitarist's record and it sounds all the better for it.
Also featured on the album are Marcel Jacob and Tony Franklin on bass, Pat Thern on drums, Bruce Gaitsch on acoustic guitar, Chris Demming on Hammond organ and a range of lead vocalists detailed below.
Track By Track:
Yeah opens the album, but isn't in my view one of the strong tracks included. Mikael Erlandsson is featured vocalist, sounding tougher than on his own recent pop orientated solo album. This track is one of the closest to Tommy's familiar sound and style, although it's pretty evident that the style of the album is going to be heavier from the very outset.
Demon features Fergie Frederiksen on lead. This track perfectly molded for the former Toto vocalist. Tommy certainly sounds far more at home when in Lukather mode, over a more AOR Journey/Schon style he has been asked to perform. The track is uptempo and moves quickly, featuring a short but catchy chorus and the first really blistering guitar solo.
Don't Give Up offers a change of pace. From the higher pitched AOR vocalists, Geir Ronning steps in with his bluesier/raspier lead vocals, which changes the pace of the album nicely. This is a moody mid-tempo rocker that impresses me even more, as not only has Tommy stepped up to the plate, so has Geir. His vocals on this album are some of the best I have heard from him also. The darker mood of the song continues in the catchy chorus.
Lies Feed On Lies features Steve Overland, who carries the same air about him that Geir Ronning does. This is another moody rocker, this time a little more intense and certainly features more guitar work and another great solo.
I Should Have Known Better continues the darker, heavier vibe, with Mikael providing his best vocal of the album and one of the best choruses. Instantly memorable, catchy and together with the heavy guitar riff brings about one of the album's best tracks. Some excellent production and programming mid to late song adds to the atmosphere.
Over You features Geir back on vocals. This one's another darker and brooding rock track - this time in ballad form. The track's chorus is a clear winner, as are the vocals and both slow and regular guitar solos included.
Fire Within features Mikael Erlandsson on vocals and is an uptempo rocker closer to Tommy's usual guitar sound/production techniques. The song features another strong chorus and a short sharp bridge, plus one of the album's most shredding solos.
Not That Innocent features Urban Tale's Kimmo Blom on vocals. This mid-tempo track is fairly restrained compared to the tempo and vibe of the rest of the album. Not the catchiest track of the album, but one that suits it's position in the running order and adds to the texture of the overall album.
Make It Mine features Mikael again and this track steps up the tempo big time, with a fast paced verse and another big chorus/vocal harmony section. One of the album's catchier choruses. The sound here isn't as thick as some other tracks, with equal space given to keyboard/organ and guitar.
Souls On Fire is a slow to mid-tempo moody rocker featuring Geir and his bluesy rasp again. Another good song, but not as catchy straight up as some other tracks.
7 am however is....featuring Fergie putting in his best rock vocal, this song rocks from start to finish, complete with big time guitar solo and big chorus. A winner for sure.
Until I Change Your Heart is another winner...meaning the album closes out with two of the best tracks in the line up. The songs follows on from 7am, with tempo and melodic style similar, yet with a slightly more pop feel. The melodic hooks within the song grow with each listen and will make the track one of the more popular picks.
Matti Alfonzetti takes a short break from his recent modern rock tastes to deliver a classic melodic AOR vocal.

The Bottom Line
Get it. That is the bottom line! If you have purchased any Denander featured album in the past, this tops them all. Yeah delivers 12 classic melodic rock style tracks, with plenty of hooks, melodies, layered vocals and best of all, some truly styling guitar playing with a memorable solo in just about every track.
There have been some great AOR albums this year, also some great metal and hard rock albums. But this is a great pure melodic rock album.

Line Up
Geir Ronning, fergie Frederiksen, Mikael Erlandsson, Steve Overland, Matti Alfonzetti: Vocals
Tommy Denander: Guitar, Keyboards
Pat Thern: Drums
Marcel Jacob, Tony Franklin: Bass

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