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Pure and simple, this is melodic rock for melodic rock lovers.

Cast your minds back, my friends, to the time of the Great Depression. By that, of course, I mean the mid nineties, when all the popular rock music was bloody depressing and AOR was about as welcome as Stuart Hall at a Women's Lib meeting (too soon?) Amidst all that, Tony Niva waved the flag for Swedish melodic rock with 'No Capitulation', a record that all who heard it agreed was, well... it was okay I suppose. Regardless of this, Niva has been busy helping out other bands for many years, and has taken that experience and revisited Niva for a rather delayed second album.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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The good news is that this is a whole lot better than the debut, which was a rather pedestrian affair if I'm being honest (and I am always painfully so). 'Magnitude' on the other hand is a delightfully upbeat album, reminiscent of old TNT with a bit of Scorpions thrown in. The melodies soar, the vocals scrape the ceiling (in a good way) and the whole thing just comes together as an example of exactly what melodic rock should sound like. Yeah, it's wimpy, but it sticks to the classic AOR song structure, with even the ballads having a predictably placed guitar widdle betwixt the heartfelt moonings. In this context, it's a pretty formulaic album, but the formula is there because it works, especially if you can wrap it round good, well crafted melodies as Niva has done.

So Niva hasn't bothered reinventing the wheel here, but he has obviously learned a lot in the intervening nineteen years. Above all else, 'Magnitude' should make you feel happy, like the last ones from Danger Danger or Night Ranger. Pure and simple, this is melodic rock for melodic rock lovers, and if you have an inner wimp that needs feeding this is the perfect snack.

Alan Holloway

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