In 2005 the debut album from Place Vendome saw the light of day. Now 4 years later Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween singer) and Dennis Ward continues the AOR journey with Streets Of Fire. On this 2nd album the players are the same and it’s yet again the Pink Cream 69 guys Dennis Ward, Kosta Zafiriou and Uwe Reitenauer plus VandenPlas Gunter Werno.
Dennis Ward has produced the album with an excellent result and it sounds clean and powerful. Streets Of Fire is more AORish than the debut that was filled with more melodic hardrock songs. On this new one they have worked with other songwriters such as Torsti Spoof (Leverage), Ronny Milianowicz (Saint Deamon and songwriter for Primal Fear), Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Bob Catley) and Robert Sall (Work Of Art). So the variation is much better on this album and as I said it’s more AOR this time around.
Many of the songs are filled with great melodies, hooklines and strong choruses. The songs that Robert Sall has written Follow Me and Valerie reminds very much of a more rockin Work Of Art. Both are fantastic AOR-songs with brilliant hooks and catchy choruses. Believer is a great up-tempo rocker that has strong riffs with nice keyboard sound in the background, this song is the same school as Leverage and Brother Firetribe.
A Scene In Reply is a stunning mid-tempo song that could have been on the awesome Kharma album. The album rounds off with two absolutely stunning songs. First we have Dancer that rocks big time with fantastic guitars and keyboards that builds up this song to a brilliant chorus with lovely melodies and strong background vocals in the best Brother Firetribe style. I’d Die For You is pure AOR-magic that starts slow with Michael and a piano with a ballad feel over it. But it makes a turnover after the 2nd chorus the song blows up to a Pompish rocker with fantastic piano sound and the harmony vocals are huge. An awesome epic song with huge hooklines that ends this album perfect. Dennis Ward has done it again and this is a safe buy. I recommend this highly.
A great comeback by Place Vendome! Streets Of Fire is another brilliant melodic rock / AOR album just as the band's debut. This release is a bit softer with keyboards playing a more major role than before, but the songwriting and musicianship remain strong and varying. The songs are provided by four different songwriters so there is a lot of variety but the album still flows together perfectly. Michael Kiske is definitely the highlight of the album once more. His voice is in great shape and complements all songs with the usual flawless melodic-clean-tenor delivery.
The best songs on offer are the melodic hard rock driven songs Streets Of Fire, Dancer and Believer, together with the atmospheric Set Me Free and the AOR masterpiece A Scene In Replay. If you enjoyed Place Vendome's debut album get this immediately.
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