I was impressed with
P:O:B's critically acclaimed second demo CD 'The Second
Monologue' back in August 2005, so it was with great anticipation I
open the package containing the debut album 'Crossing Over' from
this Norwegian rock band.
The Pedestrians are walking
down the sideway chosen on their demo CD's, never crossing over to
the other side. All 3 songs from the second demo CD have made it
onto their debut album, and there is no significant difference
between those songs and the rest of the material. The album kicks off with a
song off the before mentioned demo CD "Father & Son", a song that
sets the pace and tone for the rest of the eventful ride into the
universe of P:O:B (Pedestrians of Blue).
Eleven more inspired, well
played and unique songs follows and none of them fails to impress
me, their style is still progressive rock with just the right amount
of melody and class. No expenses have been spared
on 'Crossing Over', which was produced by the founding members Torfinn
Sirnes (guitars) and Johannes St°le (vocals), mixed by Daniel Flores
and mastered by Mika Jussila, so those pieces are in place and the
sound is great.
Founding members Torfinn and
Johannes are the centre of attention, with Torfinn delivering some
brilliant guitar riffs and leads, and Johannes, who has a very
unique voice, which sets the band apart from so many other bands,
delivering the goods as well. Together they have created a fine,
enjoyable and catchy album, which I hope will gain them the
recognition they deserve.
The album should appeal to
fans of such varied bands as Supertramp, A.C.T, Queensr che
('Empire' & 'Promised Land'-era), Dream Theater, Toto and Black Sabbath. The album
is available on their own FishFarm Records label, and I suggest
you'd give it a try...