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Overland: Break Away
Melodic Rock
Rating: 4.5/5.0

Overland is Steve Overland, the great vocalist for the legendary English melodic rock band, FM. Though hardly absent in the music field, Mr. Overland had a significant reappearance in last year's 'Sacred' by The Ladder. This was a phenomenal album of melodic rock. With 'Break Away,' Overland continues this brilliant tradition. This a work of first class melodic rock.

Actually, what makes this such a fantasitc work is the collaboration between Steve Overland, who provides the lyrics, and Anders Rydholm who provides the music and production. This is a match made in melodic rock heaven. Add to this the phenomenal lead guitar work of Olaf Trampe (Grand Illusion, Code) and you have a true musical blessing. So then there is much to enjoy on 'Break Away.' Here are a few highlights. 'Like A River' is a prime example of the emotion and passion of Overland's vocals. Musically, the entire composition is truly magnificent. The title cut, 'Break Away' truly rocks, with a fast and melodic motif. Then there's 'Heartache Calling' which is a rush of energy and passion; and Overland simply soars. 'Mad Mad World' is another melodic rocker where Trampe is exceptional on guitar; his solo is brief but thrilling. There is more to enjoy on this album. I will not spoil it for you. You need to check out for yourself. Okay, one more: 'Lost In Paradise' is quinessential Overland in a breathless melodic rock context: good stuff.

Steve Overland's 'Break Away' is essential melodic rock. He soars on vocals and the songs are simply fantastic. This is great melodic rock, everthing you love and expect. Highly recommended.
  - Craig Hartranft

In Short

Overland is Steve Overland. Oh yeah, you know him: the vocalist for FM and The Ladder. This is an outstanding album of significant melodic rock that inspires and enthralls thanks to great vocals and outstanding song composition. Don't miss this one!

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