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Heerink, Bert: Better Yet

After a lengthy absence from the melodic hard rock scene former Vandenberg vocalist Bert Heerink returns with Better Yet, an album that has been produced by Michael Voss (One half of the recent Voices of Rock project and who has also worked with MSG and Paul Shortino of late). Not only has Heerink enlisted the services of Voss but other collaborators include such noteworthy names as Russ Ballard, Harry Hess (Harem Scarem), Bob Daisley, Tony Martin, Steve Lukather, Steve Vai and Ken Hensley.

"Panic Attack" is a low-key opener before Heerink ups the stakes with the mid-tempo chugger "April" that will delight fans of Journey, Survivor, Night Ranger etc. Despite having dropped off the radar for the best part of two decades Heerink still has a fine voice and his mellow and refined delivery is instantly pleasing on the ears. The whole vibe is upbeat and lively with the instrumental breaks largely playing second fiddle to Heerink's vocal hooks and melodies. Ballad "Falling Down" is one that, in another era, would have ensured lighters in the air at packed arenas across North America and heavy radio rotation. But whilst the glory days of melodic rock seem a distant memory it is heartening that labels such as AOR Heaven are still releasing quality albums such as this. The only real misstep is the rocker by numbers "All Fired Up" that has a jarring chorus but fortunately the good more than outweighs the bad and the moody anthem "Restless Heart" is a real gem that gets the CD back on track.

Let's hope Heerink doesn't spend another twenty years away from music. Welcome back.

Track Listing
01 - Panic Attack
02 - April
03 - Whose Side Are You On
04 - Falling Down
05 - Love Is Like Heaven
06 - All Fired Up
07 - Can't Make Me
08 - Restless Heart
09 - Precious
10 - Significance

Added: October 5th 2009
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
Related Link: Artist Website
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Language: english

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