ARTIST:

JEFF SCOTT SOTO

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

COMPLICATED

(2022)
LABEL:

FRONTIERS RECORDS

GENRE:

MELODIC HARD ROCK

TAGS:
Easy-Listening
"Jeff Scott Soto offers us with "Complicated" a very good opus of melodic hard rock, thanks to a sparkling guitarist and drummer."
LYNOTT (25.04.2022)  
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We left Jeff Scott Soto last year on the much appreciated "Retransmission" of W.E.T. The American comes to visit us every year to present us a new opus of S.O.T.O., of Sons Of Apollo or, as today, of his solo project. Eighth solo album of this bulimic frontman, "Complicated" has the delicate task to be up to the level of "Wide Awake (In My Dreamland)" previous successful attempt of the hairy.

Associated with producer and songwriter Alessandro Del Vecchio, Jeff Scott Soto is surrounded by the same musicians that accompanied him on the 2020 album. This is what is called a relevant choice, so much so that the full success of this record deserves to be credited to them. The Italian Fabrizio Sgattoni is indeed a great guitarist and the Brazilian Edu Cominato an exceptional drummer. The companions certainly made a pact here to boost to the maximum the compositions of the pair Soto/Del Vecchio. These last ones, tinted melodic hard rock at the border of FM, are thus gorged with such a rhythmic maestria that they should also hook the headbangers sometimes refractory to the too nice melodies.

"Complicated" invokes the ghosts of W.E.T. of course, but also those of a Journey that would have eaten a lion. From strong riffs to burning solos, from punchy kicks to easy listening choruses, the band leads the listener in a succession of tracks that sometimes border on melodic metal. Only a more FM track here ('Thank You') and a five star ballad there ('Until I See You Again') calm the game. The rest of the album is a blast, such as 'Disbelieving' and its furious break, 'Home Again' and its riffs, the eponymous track that sounds more like W.E.T. than W.E.T. and the excellent 'Don't Look Back' that reminds of the Journey of the album "Frontiers".

Jeff Scott Soto succeeded once again how to please every one with this "Complicated". His inimitable and particularly solid voice certainly makes him the only contemporary singer who can, with Ronnie Romero, compete for the throne of the King of the microphone in the small world of melodic hard rock. However, it should be said again that, on this opus, his partners deserve to sit at his table. The achievement here is really due to them.


More informations on http://www.jeffscottsoto.com





TRACK LISTING:
01. Last To Know
02. Disbelieving
03. Home Again
04. Love Is The Revolution
05. Until I See You Again
06. Complicated
07. Don't Look Back
08. New Horizon
09. Back To The Beginning
10. Thank You
11. Obsession

LINEUP:
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Basse / Claviers
Edu Cominato: Batterie
Fabrizio Sgattoni: Guitares
Jeff Scott Soto: Chant
   
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