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Catchy as hell and twice as addictive.

Undoubtedly one of the most eagerly awaited project collaborations of recent times, Places Of Power brings together the not inconsiderable talents of Philip Bardowell and Bruce Turgon. Between them they can boast a list of credits as impressive as you’ll find anywhere – Peter Criss of Kiss fame, Shadow King, Steve Stevens, Unruly Child, Foreigner, the Beach Boys, and Magdalen (I could go on, but you get the picture) – their reputations within the infrastructure of the music industry itself are second to none.

Both Bardowell and Turgon released critically acclaimed solo albums for Frontiers back in 2005, so it comes as no great surprise to learn that someone with influence introduced them to one another in the hope that a common creative spark might produce something of consequence. It’s taken a couple of years – the pair actually met in 2006 – but after a respectable period of gestation, their efforts now manifest in the aptly named ‘Now Is The Hour’, the simmering debut from Places of Power.

Although Scott McKinstry was drafted in to provide some of the lead guitar breaks, the remainder of the album was recorded essentially as a duo - Bardowell taking lead vocals of course, with Turgon providing the rest of the instrumentation. Once that process had been completed, the masters were given to Dennis Ward for him to add that final touch of magic; the result being a sonically superior, brooding hard rock release brim full of angst and emotion.

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The record company blurb accompanying this release proclaims it to be “one of those rare releases that gets your attention from the very first to the last”, and whilst as a rule of thumb you can usually take such bold statements with a large pinch of salt, for once they seem to have got it right.

Kicking off with the swaggering ‘In Your Wildest Dream’, it’s instantly apparent that Bardowell and Turgon have cooked up something very tasty indeed, a message that becomes more and more obvious as the remaining tracks on the album unfold. From slow burning ballads to blazing anthems, the skilful manipulation of diffuse light and shade works amazingly well on a myriad of different levels. As I listen to tracks like ‘Make Me Believe’, ‘The Passage’, ‘Light Of My World’ and ‘I Live For You’, images of Foreigner, Unruly Child, Joe Lynn Turner (circa ‘Rescue You’) and Signal (amongst others) begin to form in my mind, yet somehow Places Of power still manage to put a fresh slant on a well tried and tested formula.

Early doors yet I know, but I would imagine this will make quite a few ‘Top Ten’ lists come December ... catchy as hell and twice as addictive!

DAVE COCKETT

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