ARTIST:

FIND ME

(SWEDEN)
TITLE:

LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE

(2022)
LABEL:

FRONTIERS RECORDS

GENRE:

A.O.R.

TAGS:
80's, Easy-Listening, Old School
"Without real dead time and superbly interpreted, "Lightning In A Bottle" suffers from a feeling of linearity which does not allow Find Me to settle durably on the tops of the melodic hard rock"
LOLOCELTIC (05.04.2022)  
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Three years after a "Angels In Blue" which had seen him loosen the handbrake for a result at the height of his talent, Find Me is back with a new opus expected as a confirmation. For this, the pair Daniel Flores / Robbie LaBlanc is surrounded by the faithful Michael Palace (guitar) and Johnny Trobro (bass) but also the omnipresent Alessandro Del Vecchio. The presence of the Italian is worrying as he seems to become unavoidable on a majority of Frontiers' releases with a trademark that can sometimes be overwhelming. This apprehension seems to be confirmed by noting the presence of the transalpine in the composition of ten of the eleven titles of this opus.

The only piece to escape the touch of the nevertheless talented handyman of the label of Serafino Perugino, 'Far From Over' renews the exercise henceforth recurring of the cover by taking again this piece of Franck Stallone present on the original soundtrack of the movie "Staying Alive" (1983). Co-composer with Sylvester Stallone's brother, Vince Di Cola comes to put his keyboard lines on this version a little bit harder than the original, and enriches it with a wink to 'Training Montage' (soundtrack of "Rocky 4") on its final. After the catchy and dynamic attack of 'Survive', it is an understatement to say that this opus starts on very good bases. Keeping the good intentions that made the success of the previous album, Find Me doesn't hesitate to press the gas pedal but never at the expense of the melody ('Sail Away', 'Under A Bad Sign'), to the point of even reminding One Desire ('Distant Echoes').

As he could do it on the recent 'Shifting Time' of Giant, Alessandro Del Vecchio proves that he can efface himself behind the identity of already established formations and put himself totally at their service. The ballad 'Back To You' is the best example with its typically US and 80's atmosphere which would have made the happiness of MTV in its great time. This title is also symptomatic of the extraordinary talent of Robbie LaBlanc who sublimates once again a title however relatively classic in its conception. With its little Toto touch, the mid-tempo 'You And I' could also be cited in this category. And there lies the weak point of this opus which cruelly lacks originality and catchiness in the middle of an AOR/hard melodic landscape currently cluttered and not supporting the slightest weakness to allow each new release to make a place in the sun.

With no real downtime and superbly interpreted, "Lightning In A Bottle" suffers however from a feeling of too much linearity and requires many listenings to be totally immersed in it. Each track taken separately will succeed in making its effect but it is difficult to retain much after a few listenings. A very nice work nevertheless, which lacks the little extra spark that would have allowed it to stand out from the crowd.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Survive - 4:10
02. Far From Over (feat. Vince Dicola) (cover Franck Stallone) - 4:13
03. Sail Away - 3:53
04. Back To You - 4:19
05. Diana - 3:38
06. Distant Echoes - 3:34
07. Remember (it's Me) - 3:31
08. You And I - 5:00
09. Under A Bad Sign - 4:38
10. Give My Heart - 3:16
11. On The Run - 4:35

LINEUP:
Daniel Flores: Guitares / Basse / Claviers / Batterie
Robbie La Blanc: Chant
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Claviers / Invité
Jonny Trobro: Basse / Invité
Michael Palace: Guitares / Invité
Rolf Staffan Pilotti: Claviers / Invité
Vince Dicola: Claviers / Invité
   
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