4 out of 5 Stars!
The year 2010 saw the debut album from a superb AOR band called Houston. And guess from where Houston originated…come on, give a guess…
Now, if you answered Houston, Texas, you would be dead wrong! Actually, the band hails from Stockholm, Sweden. Go figure, huh?
Anyway, Houston (the album itself, not the band or the city) is rich in melodic tunes such as “Truth Slips,” “She’s A Mystery,” “1000 Songs,” “Give Me Back My Heart,” “Pride,” and “I’m Alive.” And each song (with no ballads anywhere in sight, by the way) is heavy in multi-layered vocal harmonies and keyboards, infused with AOR magic, and blessed with a singer who often sounds like the late/great Fergie Frederiksen (Toto/Trillion/Mecca) when he hits the high notes.
Therefore, fans of the AOR genre, especially those who fancy more material in the same realm as FM, Shy, Alliance, Urban Tale, Find Me, Bad Habit, and Survivor should investigate this band posthaste. Additionally, if you can grab the version of the album with the two catchy bonus tracks (“Under Your Skin” and “Chasing The Dream”), all the better.