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The Calling - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars

The Calling

The Calling
(Frontiers Records - 2012)

Journey guitarist Neal Schon is busy with Journey these days, but he found time to do a solo album called The Calling. Mr. Schon is playing guitars and bass while his Journeyy mate Steve Smith is handling the drums. On keyboard you hear most of the time Igor Len, but on some Jan Hammer, the guy how delivered Miami Vice Theme and Crockett's Theme.

The opener is the title track, a heavy rocker which makes it easy to get into The Calling, but Carnival Jazz is asking for some open-minded rock fans. At songs like The Calling you won't miss vocals, but at others one might miss a vocal line - even if the guitar melodies are memorable. At other songs Neal Schon shows off all his talent, but I guess that's more interesting for guitarists than for the average rock music lover. At Back Smash you'll get some symphonic sounds, at least some passages seems to be inspired by classic composers. The jazzy Fifty Six might scare off some... But then there are songs like True Emotions which are just beautiful. Among my faves are Blue Rainbow Sky and Transonic Funk were Neal Schon let his guitar sing. Especially the closer Song Of The Wind II is pure ear candy! Even if I know that songs like Fifty Six are performed excellently, but I prefer the less technical and more melodic side - but that's just me and I'm not a big fan of instrumental albums. But there are quite a few songs on The Calling which I really enjoyed!

7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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