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Audrey Horne: Blackout
Audrey Horne - Blackout CD Album Review

Audrey Horne: Blackout

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
4.5/5.0

Some 35 years ago Scorpions released Blackout, one of the most popular and best selling albums of their legendary career. Perhaps Norway's Audrey Horne is hoping for the same success with their sixth album, also named Blackout. The album finds the band, once more, delivering their proven version of classic melodic hard rock.

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Audrey Horne

Audrey Horne depends upon the usual suspects for their catchy hard rock: twin guitar harmony which turn to thrilling solos, clean and melodic lead vocals and vocal arrangements, big beat and groove from the rhythm section, and simply spry hooks in melodies, refrains, and song arrangements. Then for some blister some songs come with a metal edge but, mostly, all things are bound together by an AOR wrapper. It did seem, at times, that Torkjell Rod's voice seemed muted in the mix, but not to the extent diminish his vocals or the caliber of this album. Blackout is simply another fine effort from Audrey Horne.

You'll find some heavier hard rock with Light Your Way, Audrevolution, or This Is War, which also has bass-driven lighter segue shortly after the midpoint. On the AOR side of melodic hard rock there's Midnight Man and the almost West coast breezy California. A song such as Satellite is driven by a big beat in the rhythm section. Alternatively, Naysayer turns more upon brisk riffs and a speedy rock tempo. The twin guitar riffage and leads in Rose Alley is simply killer. Frankly, as said earlier, Blackout is everything you like and expect from Audrey Horne: catchy classic melodic hard rock, with a slight metal edge, and delivered in an AOR wrapper. Get it. You won't be disappointed.



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The Bottom Line

Blackout is everything you like and expect from Audrey Horne: catchy classic melodic hard rock, with a slight metal edge, and delivered in an AOR wrapper. Get it. You won't be disappointed.

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