"Arrival" (Frontiers/Now & Then)
Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton
Norway is the type of melodic rock that used to get airplay. It's utterly accessible, it's almost instantly recognizable and it's reminiscent of another era. Fortunately, it's also very playable today, especially with the resurgence of melodic rock.
Listening to "Arrival," once hears traces of such band as Great White, Whitesnake, Foreigner, Journey and even KISS. Like the previous bands, Norway's music has a hard rock edge but never alienates those fans who think Metallica and Megadeth are too loud and too fast.
The lyrics herein are virtually all about love or heartbreak. They fit the music perfectly - neither too severe or too sappy.
Track #8, "Cry Baby," is a highlight for its powerful riffage as is track #6, "Sendin' A Prayer (A Song for David)" which gets points for its honesty and warmth.
Norway's "Arrival" may not be everyone - fans of anything approaching the extreme should stay away - but it's still a solid rock record that melodic fans will thrill to.
NORWAY is: Glenn Pierson - lead vocals, keyboards; Jim Santos - guitars, synth programming; Joe Slattery - bass; Marty Brasington - drums, percussion.
For more information, please visit http://www.norwayrocks.com.
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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