01. I’ve Harm Myself (By Hurting You)
02. Unsung Heroes
03. Rising Tide
04. Stay To Remind Me
05. The Tracks We Depart Behind
06. All I Ask Of You
08. Let Love Lead The Method
09. Blood Cries Out
10. Simpler To Depart (Than Being Left Behind)
12. Make It Depend
As frontman with Swedish exhausting rock legends PRETTY MAIDS, Ronnie Atkins is already a legend a number of occasions over, however none of his previous achievements come near the marvel of his ongoing solo profession, launched within the wake of an incurable most cancers prognosis. “Make It Depend” loudly proclaims that Atkins could be very a lot nonetheless with us and, as was evident on 2020’s “One Shot”, on distinctive kind as each a singer and songwriter. Frankly, the person is a fucking hero.
The method stays the identical: large, euphoric melodic rock anthems, tinged with a sure wistfulness however each lyrically and musically defiant. Opener “I’ve Harm Myself (By Hurting You)” pulls out all of the stops, hitting the AOR bullseye with ease, but additionally showcasing a heat and natural sound that shrewdly swerves the sterility of a lot fashionable melodic rock. Atkins‘s voice is, as ever, the right combination of grit, soul and exhausting rock swagger, and he sells every track as if it is the only most vital second on the document. As it’s, there are some apparent highlights right here: “The Tracks We Depart Behind” is bombastic however poignant in equal quantities; “All I Ask Of You” goes more durable and heavier, weaving large hooks by means of a jagged-edge, prog-metal barrage; “Blood Cries Out” motors like ’80s BLACK SABBATH gone symphonic, and boasts a very fiery vocal from the person himself.
We will forgive Atkins the cornball schmaltz of “Let Love Lead The Method”, not least as a result of melodic rock teeters perpetually on the sting of such issues. Significantly better is “Simpler To Depart (Than Being Left Behind)” , a wonderful piece of epic power-pop with shades of BOSTON, and a refrain that may be magnificent in any context, however which is doubtlessly emotionally ruinous right here. Someway much more affecting, the closing title monitor locations Atkins‘s voice amid a luxurious, quasi-orchestral association, as he urges everybody listening to grab the day and stay life to absolutely the fullest. When the inevitable large refrain breaks out, it is a joyful and nourishing factor, very similar to Atkins‘s solo work normally. Lengthy could it proceed.
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