"The Road Goes On" (Perris Records; 2008)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Although it's best when its rocking harder, "The Road Goes On" is an overall enjoyable AOR album with great hooks, easy vocals and a few killer lead solos. Reminiscent of Whitesnake's more radio-friendly stuff, and especially KISS's "Crazy Nights" CD, this album is for those more into the pop-oriented side of hard rock, rather than the fast and the furious.

As I said, the CD lights up when the band is hitting everything harder, although "harder" here is a relative term. Most of the songs on "The Road Goes On" fall into either the Survivor-type hard rock radio hits, the token hard rock ballads or, at least in the case of the driving "Too Late," the David Coverdale era of Deep Purple.

If you're looking for heavy, angry music, you won't find it on "The Road Goes On." If you're in the mood for some solid AOR rock'n'roll in the vein of bands like Axe, this is a good CD to plug into your car stereo and drive to.

Hardreams: Manu Esteve Vocals; David Aguera Guitar; Sergi Segarra Keyboards; Victor Muino Bass; Sergio Harmigo Drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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