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Midnite City: There Goes The Neighbourhood
Midnite City - There Goes The Neighbourhood Music Review

Midnite City: There Goes The Neighbourhood

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
5.0/5.0

People who know me, know that when I find a good thing, musically speaking, I stick with it. Such is the case of UK's Midnite City, formed some years ago by vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Rob Wylde (Tygertailz, Vega). Last year's self-titled debut album was an exceptional album of, as Wylde described it, "timeless melodic rock and hair metal." It's true: Midnite City was Eighties classic hard rock deja vu.

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And so is There Goes The Neighbourhood, Midnite City's sophomore follow-up album. Honestly, I like everything about this long player. Aside from the Sunset Strip sleaze and hair metal references, Midnite City simply delivers catchy and entertaining AOR melodic hard rock. So, to ditto (or plagiarize) myself, I remind you of my previous comments from last year. "You have everything here you need to spin this classic rock genre: guitar harmony, stirring lead solos, sweet melodies and vocal harmonies, catchy refrains, and vibrant rock rhythm and groove from a tight rhythm section. All that's left is to wrap the tunes in arena-ready, radio-friendly, AOR accessibility. It's not only the tried and true formula, but the right and necessary one. Wylde and Midnite City get it, and you get melodic hard rock ear candy."

A quick move to the songs, and here's something of a summary. Classic brisk rockers come with Here Comes The Party, Give Me Love, and the heavy riff rocker, Takes One To Know One. Midnite City tunes into their AOR arena rock muse with Until The End, Gave Up Giving Up, and the radio ready Life Ain't Like This On The Radio. Ballads come with another arena friendly tune You Don't Understand Me, but more so with the traditional sound of the acoustic infused Heaven's Falling. In the end, the conclusion is simple. With There Goes The Neighbourhood Midnite City delivers the classic AOR melodic hard rock goods, with a splash of sleaze rock and hair metal on the side. Easily recommended.


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With There Goes The Neighbourhood Midnite City delivers the classic AOR melodic hard rock goods, with a splash of sleaze rock and hair metal on the side. Easily recommended.

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