The Most Beautiful Pain

Release date: March 24th 2006
Label: Frontiers Records
Zink / Bonnier Amigo
Pop Rock

Rating: 50/100
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: February 25th 2006

I am pretty sure, that outside of Japan and his homeland the Netherlands not many has ever heard of Robby Valentine even though he has released 4 solo-albums prior this album.

Robby Valentine does almost everything on this album: vocals, keyboards, grand piano, guitars and bass, Juan van Emmerloot and Nop Ton have played drums on a few tracks  - speaking of drums, I suspect him of using a drum-machine on some, if not all of the songs. Johnan Willems appears on vocal harmonies on a few tracks as well. He has produced (and mixed?) the album as well, so he is in control.

I like his vocal style, and think the album sounds pretty good, but the music does nothing for me what so ever! Heavily inspired by Queen this is bombastic pop rock, neither bad nor awful, but I am a metal fan and the heavy riffs are few and far apart...

This is pompous and symphonic with lots of melodies, some will call them very cheesy, and if have worn your Queen collection out, then I suggest you do check this album out, because Robby Valentine offers an album, that pays a lot of tribute to them.

Recommended: For a metal fan not much, for a Queen fan the whole lot.