Here's a rather obscure Finnish band, Prayer, we haven't heard from in seven years. Led by vocalist and songwriter Tapani Tikkanen, they return with their second album of AOR style melodic rock, Danger In The Dark. It's solid material, and makes one wonder why it took so long or how long we'll need to wait for a follow up.
Nevertheless, Prayer delivers the melodic rock goods. Several catchy rock songs kick off the album, boasting a nice groove and big hooks, including the title track, Nobody Loves You, and KP. That last song finds Tikkanen at his storytelling best. With the music, it reminds of an AOR mash up of Thin Lizzy and Springsteen, without sounding like either. Then Get What I Came For trips you up a bit. Its seems to start mild, but turns into something closer to hard rock. Later, you get a nice motivational anthem in Never Let Your Dreams Die. To the end, Danger In The Dark is rather standard fare. Good, but it seems familiar. Throughout, however, the album is marked by terrific guitar work from Jukka Ihme.
Danger In The Dark is a welcome return from Finland's Prayer. AOR fans who remember their first album will enjoy the melodic rock within. Recommended.