Power of Metal.dk Review

Life, Love & Hope
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 6 December, 2013
Playing time: 42:52

It's been long time since I heard anything new from this classic arena rock band. Boston has been a trademark of the pompous rock from the successful, self titled debut album in 1976 and throughout the 80's, and a quality stamp for melodic hard rock with hit songs like "More Than a Feeling", "Peace of Mind", "Foreplay/Long Time", "Rock and Roll Band", "Smokin'", "Don't Look Back" and "Amanda". Their discography is as follows 1976: Boston, 1978: Don't Look Back, 1986: Third Stage, 1994: Walk On and 2002: Corporate America, so with only 2 releases since the middle of the 80's, they haven't exactly over-fertilized their faithful fans with discs.

This new album have a rather fresh lineup and the only remaining 'original' member is, Tom Scholz. 'Life, Love & Hope' is the first Boston album to be released following the tragic death of the former lead vocalist Brad Delp.

Initially, I am unsatisfied with the production. Weak and unclear audio and moreover I miss the expected pressure out of my speakers from Boston. I was longing for the supposed overwhelming, majestic and progressive arena rock like the other FM bands are playing. ASIA, Foreigner, Styx, YES, Queen and Journey feel like heavy steamrollers in comparison to this so-so work. A quite sad conclusion to be honest.

Half the playlist is songs, which have been re-mastered from 'Corporate America' and somehow it feels like this album wasn't ready for publication yet. It is sprawling and pointing in all different directions. I can not find the right harmony or right emotions in the songs! I consider this to be a soulless way to blow old fans out of their money. No, this will not do. I really wish that they return to the basics and starts all over again. Too me is this a big yawn.

Tiring in general and the only acceptable tunes I can find on the album are: 'Didn't Mean to Fall in Love', 'You Gave Up on Love', 'Sail Away' and 'Heaven On Earth'. The nice artwork is giving 'Life, Love & Hope' a few extra points on the overall score.

Current Lineup:
Tom Scholz – lead and rhythm guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals (1976–present)
Gary Pihl – rhythm and lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (1985–present)
Curly Smith – drums, percussion, harmonica, backing vocals (1994–1997, 2012–present)
Tommy DeCarlo – lead vocals, keyboards, percussion (2008–present)
David Victor – guitar, vocals (2012–present)
Tracy Ferrie – bass guitar, backing vocals (2012–present)

01. Heaven On Earth
Didn't Mean To Fall In Love
Last Day Of School
Sail Away
Life, Love & Hope
If You Were In Love
Love Got Away
You Gave Up On Love
11. Te Quiero Mia
11. The Way You Look Tonight
Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 85/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 10 December, 2013
Website: www.bandboston.com