Former Helloween singer Michael Kiske returns to his melodic roots with this new Place Vendome album. He has worked togther with the brilliant producer and songwriter Dennis Ward of Pink Cream 69 and has recorded a fantastic melodic hardrock album with lots of AORish moments. When Dennis is involved you can be sure that the production is top-notch and so is the case with Place Vendome,musicians on the album include, besides Dennis Ward on bass, Kosta Zafiriou (Pink Cream 69) on drums, Gunther Werno (Vanden Plas) on keyboards and Uwe Reitenauer (Pink Cream 69) on guitars. This is almost like a new Pink Cream 69 album because Dennis has written on purpose for the record by himself with his bandmates David Readman and Alfred Koffler with help also from Gunther Werno. The sound leans more into AOR than PC69 and has more memorable choruses. The album includes 10 tracks and the variation is very good with a mixture of up-tempo rockers and ballads.
"The Setting Sun" is a stunning mid-tempo song that reminds of Shadow King with a tougher attitude and strong background vocals. Tougher Journey comes in mind on the straight-ahead rocker "Place Vendome" with lovely guitarriffs and melodies. Highlight of the album is the awesome "Magic Carpet Ride" - this is a huge song with absolutely brilliant hooklines with superb melodies,the chorus is nothing but magic and listen to Kiske how this man can sing, I have only one word for this and that is CLASSIC. "Sign Of The Times" ends the album in a fine way with fantastic hooks and it rocks big time,the chorus gets stuck in your head right away and the keyboards are just right. This song is the one that reminds of PC69 the most. The only song that feels a little out of place is the cheezy ballad "Heavens Door" which is a boring thing. Rest of the album hold a high standard and you will find a couple of damn good tracks. Frontiers has released some impressive albums lately with the Allen/Lande, Jaded Heart and now Place Vendome. If you?re looking for first class melodic hardrock then check out this new album with Michael Kiske, it rocks.