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If you are a sucker for anything AOR, like me, then you'll accept its flaws and enjoy its vibe.

Based in my old hunting ground of Milan, this four-piece specialize in classic sounding AOR. By taking the template set down by the US AOR bands from the eighties, Zaneta's sound is awash with keyboards courtesy of Steff Brusa who also played with EVA – a great underrated Italian AOR band.
'Tales From The Sun' is full of big catchy choruses and glorious melodic guitar solos that mirror the main hooks. It's these solos from Fabrizio "Bicio" Leo that emulate Neal Schon which make Journey the most obvious reference point for the band.

Any AOR band worth its salt have a song with a girl's name and 'Maryanne' ticks that box nicely and has a real Work Of Art feel with its combination of keys and guitars. 'Feel You Now' has an up-tempo Strangeways-like feel and the big ballad 'Stay' is like a coupling of Strangeways and Valentine. 'I Won't Cry' takes a left turn and comes across like an outtake from Matchbox 20's debut but still holds the interest.

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There's a warm, full sound and it is well produced. Simone Roman has a good voice but his singing is noticeably accented at times which takes some of the shine off the album. He's much better when he's going for those soaring notes when his diction is less important than the emotion he is conveying.

There are bigger AOR albums this year but if you are a sucker for anything AOR, like me, then you'll accept its flaws and enjoy its vibe.

Duncan Jamieson

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