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Find Me: Wings of Love

Amidst all the albums Italy's Frontiers Records has been releasing lately by big-name artists lands Find Me. This transatlantic alliance between musician/songwriter/producer Daniel Flores (Issa, Seventh Wonder, The Murder of My Sweet) and AOR vocalist Robbie LaBlanc from Blanc Faces has resulted in a powerhouse album that draws comparisons to classic bands like Journey, Foreigner and Survivor, plus new ones like W.E.T. and Eclipse.

"Road to Nowhere" makes a declarative opening statement, signaling that Find Me has already found a way to harness the power of Big Eighties rock with polished 2013 production touches. The power ballad "Eternally" would have electrified arenas in 1987, and "One Soul" and the title track prove these guys know how to rock hard. Flores' flair for keyboard drama on this, his most massive-sounding project, can be heard in "Your Lips," while LaBlanc's vocals don't really sound like anybody else's. Yet they're not distinct to the point of distraction. If pressed, I would place them somewhere between a young Lou Gramm, a young Jeff Scott Soto and Toby Hitchcock.

This one took me by complete surprise.


Track Listing:
1) Road to Nowhere
2) Another World
3) Dancing to a Broken Heartbeat
4) Eternally
5) Firefight
6) On the Outside
7) One Soul
8) Powerless
9) Bottom of My Heart
10) Unbreakable
11) Wings of Love
12) Your Lips

Added: December 16th 2013
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Score:
Related Link: Frontiers Records
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Language: english

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Find Me: Wings of Love
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2013-11-02 14:12:05
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The Frontiers Records roster is made up of classic acts from the '80s whose careers have been resurrected in recent years after joining the label, and more contemporary groups & artists who only wished they had been on the scene back in that decade, as their current material is a perfect fit for the glory days of AOR & melodic hard rock/metal. Chalk the act known as Find Me to the latter, as their new album Wings of Love seems like it was unearthed from a 1987 time capsule. Soaring melodies, hooks aplenty, crunchy guitar work, yep, it's all here folks. Tunes like "Firefight", "Eternally", "The Road to Nowhere", "One Soul", and "Powerless" are all instantly memorable (well, most of the album is for that matter) thanks to stellar vocals and tight arrangements. Hooks, hooks, and more hooks basically. So, if you can't get enough of bands like Journey, Loverboy, Survivor, Night Ranger, and Foreigner, then you need this CD in your collection. It's as simple as that.

Find Me: Wings of Love
Posted by Simon Bray, SoT Staff Writer on 2013-09-12 10:28:30
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This is another of those projects pushed along by Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. Therein lies the problem with gathering disparate musicians from around the globe and trying to get them to create cohesive records. This is one of those which resoundingly works. This is because of the strength of the songs which come from the metaphorical pens of such melodic rock luminaries as Sören Kronqvist (Crash the System, Sunstorm) and Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T., Jimi Jamison,) the seemingly omniscient Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline) and brothers Tom and James Martin (Vega, Sunstorm), together with Issa and Mikey Wilson.

I challenge anyone to listen to the triumphant, life affirming trio of "One Soul", "Powerless" and "Bottom of my Heart" without instantly falling in love with this album. The above comparisons to the titans of the genre are wholly reliable. A welcome surprise.



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