Michael Kiske(Unisonic, ex- Helloween) and Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69) strikes back with the 3rd Place Vendome record. This album goes in the same style as the previous two albums but lack little in the songs quality. The first half is very good but the second half sounds like a repetition of the first half. Not that the songs are bad, just that they tendens to sound the same. The songwriting guest-list is very impressive with Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear), Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius), Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline), Tommy Denander (Radioactive) and Soren Kronqvist (Issa, Crash The System) to mention some of them. Dennis Wards production is good as always and Michael sings good, nothing more. As I said the first half with Talk To Me, Power Of Music (fantastic song), Broken Wings, Lost In Paradise (lovely mid-tempo rocker) and the stunning It Can´t Rain Forever (with a brilliant chorus) as the highlights on the album. They round off the album with a nice rocker Thunder In The Distance. Not a bad album but it could have been better with a wider variation in the songs. But if you own the two previous albums then this won´t let you down. Still I think this is the weakest of the three.