Adellaide - 'Flying High'

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Adellaide - 'Flying High'

Guitarist Ale Nammur is this particular Brazilian team's Neymar (sorry) and undoubtedly the star of the show.

With a name like Adellaide, I thought this was going to be a band to challenge White Widdow to the title of Australia's premier Melodic Rock band, but in actual fact, they were formed in Brazil in 2016 with this being their debut album.

'Running' kicks things off in an up-tempo, hard rocking style, but it seems as if Adellaide have thrown every cliché in the Melodic Rock book at the song, unfortunately rendering it as cheesy as a truckload of Stilton. Even after multiple listens, the track just doesn't sit comfortably with me. However, from there on in, the majority of the songs slip into a slightly lighter and more AOR-tinged direction and the quality levels rise rapidly.

The likes of 'Lion's Den', 'Stone Of Truth', 'Heroes', 'Talisman' and the Journey-ish 'Nothing Will Keep Us Apart' are all blessed with fine melodies and decent choruses, while the Eastern-tinged keyboard sound on 'Nights In Japan' adds some authentic character that not even the presence of a saxophone solo can blemish. 'Blind Love' is the requisite ballad, but it loses marks for an unnecessary fade-out during the guitar solo at the finale. Vocalist Daniel Vargas has a very strong accent, but his diction is nigh on perfect and he can certainly carry a tune, while guitarist Ale Nammur is this particular Brazilian team's Neymar (sorry) and undoubtedly the star of the show; he displays some fine fret-work and tasteful solos throughout.

Check out the video for the first single 'Learn To Live' online if you need any persuasion.

Ant Heeks

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