Out now on Escape Music
Bonrud’s debut album was, to put it mildly, influenced by Journey. From the cover illustration to the polished tunes, everything breathed the spirit of those suave Californian gentlemen.
This follow up is cut from roughly the same cloth. There’s a harder edge to the music though, combined with some Bon Jovi-esque pop sensibility. I’m reminded at times of Fifth Angel (“American Dream” for instance), partly because of singer Rick Forsgren’s voice.
Title track “Save Tomorrow” wouldn’t have been out of place on the debut, the Journey is very strong in this one. If there was any justice in the world, “I’d Do Anything” would be a massive hit.
Paul Bonrud is an excellent guitar player, who manages to seamlessly incorporate his flashy leads into the songs.
Keith Olsen took care of production duties; this album’s flawless sound is a relief in this world of home-produced demo quality CDs. The guitar tone in particular benefits.
A refreshing album.
Rating – 93%
Review by Sancho