Released 23rd September 2011 on AOR Heaven

I quite enjoyed White Widdow’s debut album. These Australians managed to capture the mid eighties AOR vibe to perfection. Second album “Serenade” delivers more of the same, I’m glad to report.

Opening track “Cry Wolf” delivers a statement of intent not to be ignored. Wouldn’t be out of place on an early Night Ranger album. It’s very hard to pick a weaker track. Whether it’s “Do You Remember”, “How Far I Run” or “Patiently”, they are all basically flawless. If you like White Sister, Icon or the aforementioned Night Ranger, you can’t go wrong with these guys.

Between the big keyboards and excellent guitar work (and I do mean excellent, Enzo Almanzi is a master of his instrument) it’s easy to overlook the other members. But the simple fact is there isn’t a weak link in this band. Everything just slots right into place.

Here is a band with a clear objective : to make classic AOR, with all the trappings that entails. And they succeed magnificently. Everything, from the keyboard tapestries to the guitar tones to the vocals is spot on. Even the big gated snare drum is present and accounted for.

I’ve said this before, but these tracks wouldn’t be out of place in a random Miami Vice episode. Glossy, glamorous (but far removed from Glam!!) and glorious!

Rating – 88%
Review by Sancho


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