"Free The Dream" (Frontier/Now & Then; 2001)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Prime Time is radio friendly hard rock in the vein of Foreigner and Journey with a little progressive edge thrown in. For the most part, "Free the Dream" sounds like one ballad after another which, unfortunately, gets a little boring after awhile. This CD could have used just a little more rough edge to make it more palatable to the hard rock/heavy metal fan. 

The CD isn't a complete waste by far. The band is talented and the musicianship outstanding. Track 8, "Spanish Fly," is an instrumental that showcases the band's impressive talents.

Fans of the softer side of Top 40 hard rock will no doubt find much to like in "Free the Dream." Those who like their rock with a little more ... well, rock, should probably look elsewhere.

Prime Time: Eduard Hovinga - lead and background vocals; Hennik Poulsen - lead and acoustic guitars, keyboards; Tonni Rahm - lead guitars; Karsten Lagermann - bass.

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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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