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The album shows a great deal of promise, but gets lost along the way and lacks a deal of direction.

Whilst Italy has become one of the hot beds for Melodic Rock releases with the renowned Napoli-based label having just completed twenty plus years in the business, the country has not really produced too many home grown bands who have achieved international critical acclaim. Bands like Edge Of Forever, Hungryheart and Danger Zone have, in recent times, made a mark, but you would be hard pressed to name too many more.

As the title may suggest, '2' is the sophomore album from Italian duo Fab Box, and a long awaited follow-up to 'Music From The Fab Box', which was released back in 2009. The band consists of Massimo Bozzi and Fabrizio Ugolini who use session musicians to complete the task. Bozzi (known in Italy as a Pop producer) and Ugolini (ex-vocalist of Metal band Revenge) are probably best known in Melodic Rock circles for their co-write on Danny Vaughn's 'From The Inside' album.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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'...Box' was very much West Coast-oriented, but with this album they have tried to steer more towards AOR. If you listen to the separate parts of '2' they all appear to be there but when you put them all together, err... it just doesn't work that well to be honest. I can't fault the music per se; tracks start and give you that expectation of something great, but fall apart as soon as the vocals appear. The vocals are not bad, but they don't appear to fit the songs in many cases. Often too many words are used, and they could in all honesty get someone in to look at their English and rephrase some of the lyrics.

The mix isn't great, but I almost feel guilty with this review as I feel the album shows a great deal of promise, but gets lost along the way and lacks a deal of direction. Tracks such as 'Something Is Coming Your Way' and 'Freedom' have all the musical content of good AOR songs, but end up giving you that flat feeling.

The solution might be to bring in an outside producer more familiar with the genre and who could give the duo much needed direction.

Steve Price

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