WILD ROSE – 4 [Japanese Edition +1] (2016)
Cementing a strong fan base during their 10 years of existence, when a new album from Greeks WILD ROSE are coming you know what to expect; lovely melodies, beautiful harmonies, catchy choruses and a pure late ’80s AOR vibe.
After three superb celebrated records, Wild Rose are back to present us their brand new opus aptly titled “4“, their best to date, with this Japanese Edition featuring a bonus track and different artwork.
For this new release Wild Rose and their original singer George Bitzios joined forces 2016 and the result is, once again, a terrific piece of fluffy-melodious, keyboard-driven AOR / melodic rock in its purest form.
“Desperate Heart”, the first single, is a true melodic rock bliss and for sure, one of the album’s highlights. Smooth, melodious and with a catchy chorus line to sing-a-long all day.
Next “Love Can Change You” is a more straight forward rocker, another great sample of Wild Rose’s ability to recreate the sound of the golden decade. Simple, sweet to the ears and always in an old-fashioned way that will please even the most demanding fan of this scene.
What can you expect from a song titled “Summer Girl”? Indeed a feel-good melodic tune with a catchy chorus to enjoy at the beach this upcoming summertime.
“Time After Time” is a super smooth number, while in “Love Games” we have a killer commercial AOR melody crowned by a punchy chorus, excellent arrangements and tasty guitar work.
In “Hot Wired” the boys turn things a bit more rockin’ yet still plenty of contagious melodies, then in “Save The Night” Wild Rose delivers one of the best AOR ballads recently appeared.
The Strangeways-inspired “Broken Hearted”, the sharp “Waiting For You” and the last one, “Don’t Let Me Down” (another highlight) are as well really strong, very well structured and performed with gusto.
This Japanese Edition features as bonus track a sweet midtempo AOR ballad called “All I Never Need”, adorned with subtle keyboards plus a great guitar solo, and a melody with some Tyketto on it.
Wild Rose are back with a killer release in “4”, their best record to date without a doubt.
First, songwriting is excellent if we speak about pure ’80s AOR / Melodic Rock, second, the guys have incredibly grown as musicians, and third, finally the band has been able to obtain a true ’80s AOR sound so hard to reproduce nowadays, with a glossy production and a punchy, vigorous output.
Fans of Strangeways, Shy, FM/Overland, etc, you need Wild Rose’s “4” in your collection.
AVALON Japan ~ MICP-11286
01 – Desperate Heart
02 – Love Can Change You
03 – Summer Girl
04 – Time After Time
05 – Love Games
06 – Hot Wired
07 – Save The Night
08 – Broken Hearted
09 – Waiting For You
10 – Don’t Let Me Down
11 – All I Never Need (Japanese bonus track)
George Bitzios: Lead & Background vocals
Dirty Haris: Keyboards
Andy Rock: Guitars, Keyboards, Background vocals
John Bitzio: Guitars, Background vocals
Panos Barkoutsos: Bass
Dimos Thomaidis: Drums, percussion
Chris Siloma: Background vocals & Choirs
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