Let me be perfectly clear from the beginning: I really
think that Terry Brock is a very talented and gifted singer and he is often one
of the reasons why albums he takes part on stand out, but on this, the first Strangeways
album with Terry Brock handling the vocals since their hay-days in the late 80s,
the expected quality simply isn't there.
Their self titled debut album from 1986 has by many been
hailed as one of the all-time greatest AOR albums and the follow-up "Native
Sons" was a very fine follow up. Now that the re-union is a fact many has high
hopes that they pick up where they left us so many years ago. But this not even
Terry Brock does a fine job, but I do miss some energy and
intensity in the songs, which results in a somewhat pale collection of well
performed songs. "Perfect World" will never be seen as the perfect compliment to
their debut album, they are simply lacking the power and catchiness to elevate
the songs to higher levels, so this ends up being a rather sorry example of it's
former self. And to make this even worse; the production is surprisingly poor.
Not what I'd and surely many others had hoped for!