He has a point, as there is nothing in the vein of their most famous track, "Sister Christian," on here, although "Time of Our Lives" comes close and is a great Night Ranger song.
This is album for long-time Night Ranger fans who have been with them since the beginning. There is really no filler anywhere on here and you would be hard-pressed to find a better hard rock album this year.
First couple of listens didn't do much for me for reasons I have yet to understand. It is a good heavy rock album fronted by a scorcher of a female singer. This is solid stuff but doesn't leap out of your earbuds.
That is, of course, until you hit "Scream It," in which a certain bloke called Jorn Lande shows up to lend his pipes. The pair trade off beautifully and end up producing a damn good performance. It is certainly the stand-out track on the album and one I look forward to.
Amanda Somerville certainly has the range to work well with this sort of music. While she does not have an operatic style voice she does have a well-trained voice that never seems weedy or over-compensated electronically. I would hazard a guess that this release will probably blow the doors off the new effort by Evanescence both in the song-writing and performance department. There is a certain similarity with that band as well as other groups like Leave's Eyes and their type.
Unless the new Nightwish is far better than the last effort, I suspect this will be better than that as well. Sascha Paeth of Avantasia and a whole hell of a lot of other similar type bands plays guitars as well as producing the release.
There is a Lunatica cover on here, "Into the Dissonance," and it is no surprise as there is a similar vibe between the bands. Trillium is melodic and heavy while never sounding trite or weedy. I must confess that I never heard of this bunch until the disc landed in my virtual box. The album is a bit of a grower, barring a few tracks, but give it time and you will be richly rewarded.
Stay safe, warm and rocking this Thanksgiving.