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On The Rise: Dream Zone
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On The Rise Dream Zone

AOR/Melodic Rock
Rating: 3.5/5.0

On The Rise is the project of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Terje Eide, and Dream Zone is his sophomore effort on Frontiers. This work is straight forward: generally melodic rock on the AOR side with one or two edgier numbers here and there. Eide can craft a song with catchy riffs and hooks as easily as he can lift a good solo from his fret board. Lifeline, Why Wait Another Day, and In the Line of Fire are representative of his melodic rock intuition and skills. Fly Away maybe one of the best on the disc. On the edgier side there is Tomorrow Never Dies or Get Out of Here, but neither are too wild or harsh.

Besides his composition and guitar skills, Dream Zone and Eide should be complimented for the strength of the vocal arrangements, which are exemplary and harmonious. With all these kudos, it's difficult to say that Dream Zone still has a sense of the ordinary. It's that feeling of having heard it all before that permeates this platter. Nevertheless, Dream Zone might be best described as sunny pleasant summer day ear candy: light, sweet, and effortlessly enjoyable melodic rock. Recommended.

In Short

Terje Eide and On the Rise's Dream Zone might be best described as sunny pleasant summer day ear candy: light, sweet, and effortlessly enjoyable melodic rock.

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