Power of Metal.dk Review

Too Many Reasons
Style: Melodic Rock
Release date: 22 February, 2013
Playing time: 62:10

Player was originally formed back in 1977 when Peter Beckett met J.C Crowley. The band was completed by Ronn Moss and John Friesen shortly after. Through the years the members have changed and different projects have made Players history a little incoherent. Player is holding on to their very melodic songs with much focus on the vocals and harmonies.

This is actually a borderline disc for me and I've asked myself if Player should be on our 'metalsite' or not, because this is really adult orientated rock. A long way from heavy metal or other stiff rock genres. No frills or high up-tempo rock 'n' roll at all. Extremely neat combed rock with mature lyrics and a lot of vocals. The guitars is shiny and the sound is crystal clear. I especially like 'Man On Fire', which is the best song on the album.

This is an album that requires several turns to get under the skin. Beckett has an amazing voice and the years have been very kind to his vocal chords, no aging problems in the tones. It is, as expected, both balanced and elegantly produced. It is mature and well written rock, so what do I miss? I wanted to have more power in several of the songs. It becomes tame and toothless. I want more energy, flow and an awesome 'go' in the melodies and there is too many beautiful tranquil ballads that fill the more than one hour of music that 'Player' gives us.

I like ballads in general, but not all the time. Thankfully, there are some real cool guitar parts, which rescue a fair overall rating for this piece of art. If you like melodic rock with strong male vocals and beautiful, rhythmic choruses then I am sure that Player is in your taste.

Best songs: 'Precious', 'Man On Fire' , 'Too Many Reasons', 'Life In Color' and 'You're My Addiction'.

Craig Pilo - drums, Peter Beckett - lead vocals, guitar, Ron Moss - vocals, bass, Rob Math - lead guitar, vocals and Jonny English - keyboard, vocals.

01. Man On Fire
I Will
Tell Me
Sins Of Yesterday
You're My Addiction
Too Many Reasons
To The Extreme
The Words You Say
Life In Color
Part Of Me
12. Kites
13. Nothing Like You
14. Baby Come Back
Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 62/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 10 February, 2013
Website: www.player-theband.com/ Info - W E T - Rise Up