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Starbreaker: Love's Dying Wish

Tony Harnell has undergone significant musical transformations since he appeared on the scene with Norwegian headbangers TNT in the early 1980s. From light hair metal to dark hard rock, he has remained a singing chameleon in various projects. That much certainly is apparent on Love's Dying Wish, Harnell's second CD recorded under the Starbreaker name (with Primal Fear guitarist Magnus Karlsson). These dozen tunes wrap the melodic urgency of early TNT with the shadowy layers of his late-1990s project Westworld, resulting in rockers and ballads that are haunted by piano intros and propelled by Harnell's earnest vocals which take him places he's never been before as a singer.

For proof, listen to the post-bridge breakdown in "Hide," on which he reveals just how many octaves his voice has dropped since "10,000 Lovers (In One)." Then there's the emo-esque "Hello Are You Listening" and the modern buzz of "Building A Wall." Listeners looking for familiarity will find it on the title track, a dark ballad that could have been left over from a Westworld session, and the classic TNT groove of "Unknown Superstar." Harnell pulls them all off convincingly and still manages to hit the requisite high notes.

He may not be a household name among casual rock and metal fans, but Harnell is proving that some singers do, indeed, get better with age.

Track Listing:
1) End of Alone
2) Evaporate
3) Love's Dying Wish
4) Unknown Superstar
5) Hide
6) Building A Wall
7) Beautiful Disaster
8) Live Your Life
9) Hello Are You Listening?
10) Changes Me
11) The Day Belongs to Us
12) This Close

Added: December 4th 2008
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Starbreaker on MySpace
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Language: english

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Starbreaker: Love's Dying Wish
Posted by Scott Ward, SoT Staff Writer on 2008-12-04 17:20:50
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When I listen to the new Starbreaker disc love's dying wish it brings back memories of bands such as Whitesnake where the power ballad ruled. Tony Harnell, whose vocal ability is surprisingly not well known to the average rock and roll fan, should finally get his just due with this album filled with the heavy metal type power ballad that allows the raw emotion of his singing to stand out.

With his mighty voice set against the chunky power chords and underlying keyboards, Harnell and company have produced an album that may have the feel of those 80's style hair bands, but still manages to sound fresh mostly because of the soaring vocals of Tony and the well crafted music arrangements.

While you might not find any new groundbreaking music here, you will find a super bit of dramatic rock and roll that will keep you entertained and might even find you singing along. (In my case with much lesser talent than Mr. Harnell) If for no other reason than a chance to reminisce, this disc is a lot of fun. Everyone deserves a good dose of old fashion rock and roll once in awhile! Starbreaker brings back those days when music was all about having a good time and that's just what you will have with love's dying wish.

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