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A collection of songs of extreme quality.

'Reflections' is Austrian band Cornerstone's third album release and covers many musical styles. The formula of understated guitar and keyboard melodies backed by a solid bass and drum set-up is nothing new, but their trump card is Alina Peter's beautiful crystalline vocal delivery – think Evanescence does AOR and you will have a rough idea.

'Nothing To Lose' starts the album and is a Rocking track filled with a driving riffy beat, pumping bass and some great soloing by guitarist Steve Wachelhofer. 'Last Night' follows and is Pop Rock at its best – catchy hook lines ensure its sing-along potential and it also features some smooth sax playing by Wolfgang Voelkl. 'Heart On Fire' continues the Rock theme and brings with it tones reminiscent of early FM and Cutting Crew as Peter's soulful voice delivers its silky message over a sea of guitar and keyboard textures.

The pace and style changes with 'Whatever' and illustrates an alternative side to the band in this keyboard and vocal-based ballad which is interlaced with orchestral strings, something that makes this song truly beautiful. The Funky back riff and chorused guitar of 'True Confessions' then kicks in. This track could sit happily on a Savage Garden album and even includes some very tasteful wah-wah interludes on what is a very commercial song.

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Homing in on Peter's hauntingly clear voice, she has the great ability to sing powerfully whilst retaining a bell like clarity where so often other singers end up getting a gritty tone – pure class!

We go back into potential radio airplay territory with 'Northern Light' before 'Brother' and 'Sooner Or Later' bring their slower, softer and cleaner offerings to the table. This doesn't in any way prepare you for the next track, 'Believe In Me', the star song of the album. This is a driving, sing-along classic that stretches Peter's vocal armoury and shows how she is able to hold her own with power and precision. This is a totally cool track! 'Once', an acoustic guitar-based ballad, then calms things down to end the album.

Blending melodic rhythms with an angelic voice and crossing the Pop Rock divide seamlessly, Cornerstone have produced a collection of songs of extreme quality. Their anthemic sounding tracks will endear them to many and I'm sure will see them going on to greater things.

Paul Sabin

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