When I first heard that these two titans of hair raising AOR were working together, to say that at very least I was excited was a gross understatement. Their back catalog speaks volumes about them. From two of the best known AOR acts- Europe and Fair Warning comes Kee Marcello on guitars and Tommy Heart on vocals.
Their newest project is called Kee Of Hearts and if you like killer AOR then you absolutely owe it to yourself to give their debut a whirl. From the opening keyboard in “The Storm” it’s very evident that you better strap in cause it’s going to be one hell of a bumpy ride.
“A New Dimension” and “Crimson Dawn” are both perfectly molded slabs of AOR, but they really stepped their game up big time for “Bridge To Heaven.” From the rolling toms to the monstrous choruses, this song really makes the album come alive.
“Stranded” has one of the most infectious bridges I’ve heard in a long time and “Momma Don’t Cry” and “Invincible” are two utterly fantastic mid-tempo rockers.
While the guitar work in “S.O.S.” really takes center stage. The rhythmic charm of the choruses “Sending out an S.O.S. [Save Our Souls]” sticking in your brain like an infectious bug.
“Edge Of Paradise” makes up for weak verse parts by rocking out to a nearly perfect chorus and “Twist Of Fate” takes off like a bat out of hell before settling in to be one of the best the disc has to offer and “Learn To Love Again” is the only song that is lacking the ump needed to be cream of the crop.
Here’s the bottom line- The album plays as well as the first Fair Warning album which in almost a perfect album. You owe it to yourself to give this one a whirl.
Rating: 9 out of 10.