"Rock and Roll Radio " (Frontiers SRL; 2020)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Palace is a one-man band, Michael Palace, which garnered "Rock and Roll Radio" an extra guitarsaw here. "Rock and Roll Radio" is a synthesizer-heavy AOR record with outstanding production and a dead-on performance by Michael Palace, in all areas. It's designed to hark back to the melodic rock of the 80s and it does that exceptionally well.

But that's the problem as well. "Rock and Roll Radio" is a collection of tracks that sound like they've already been. You know what I mean? it sounds exactly like it's from an era that's already passed. It's a sound that, in fact, has been parodied on television and in the movies and it's hard to escape that image.

Then again, I may not know what the hell I'm talking about here. This album reminds me of bands like Survivor, and they're still playing the shit out of "Eye of the Tiger" on the radio. Maybe there's a huge audience out there looking for this type of well-produced, excellently-performed throwback music. If so, more power to them. Palace's "Rock and Roll Radio" will deliver exactly what they're looking for.

Palace: Michael Palace - everything.

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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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