Kiske is without a shadow of a doubt one of the best vocalists in melodic rock. The
contribution he has made to power metal, when he was a part of Helloween is big,
and when he left the band and scene I felt a big part was missing. But he has
blessed us with his pipes on various albums since those days, and none better
than the first Place Vendome album. Here follows number two and this one
is a step forward in every aspect.
project various songwriters have written the songs for Michael Kiske and his
partners in crime; Torsti Spoof (Leverage) wrote “Streets of Fire”, “Believer”,
“Changes” and “Dancer”. Magnus Karlsson contributed with "My Guardian Angel",
Ronny Milianowicz (Saint Deamon) wrote “Completely Breathless”, “A Scene in
Replay” and “Surrender Your Soul” and Robert Sall (Work of Art, W.E.T) wrote
“Follow Me” and “Valerie”. Never change a winning team, so the production is
once more left in the safe hands of Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69), who takes care
of the bass guitars as well. Kosta Zafiriou (Pink Cream 69) pounds the drums,
the keyboards are taken care of by Günter Werno (Vanden Plas), while the
excellent guitars are performed by Uwe Reitenauer (Pink Cream 69).
is what makes this album something else and strong! Each songwriter has really
written the songs with Kiske's voice in mind, and each song is a melodic rock
jewel. Twelve melodic rock anthems played with perfection, brilliantly produced
and above everything else; a Michael Kiske delivering the performance of a
strong contender for Melodic rock album of the year, and the best way possible
to kick the year off with...