Germany's Fair Warning has always been one class act delivering some of best melodic rock coming from Europe. Aura, their first studio release in three years, finds this talented band in excellent form. Again, Fair Warning merges excellent musicianship and fine song composition into a predictable platter of massive melodies and big hooks. However, except for a few numbers (Fighting For Your Love, As Snow White Found Out, and Just Another Day by example), Aura is softer than their previous releases. The greater majority of songs are easier, more mellow, rock ballads that very between sublime (Holding On) to the soaring (Falling and its Reprise).
As a unit, Fair Warning plays with a magical coherence unequalled and envied by any band in any genre, even as vocalist Tommy Heart is again pushed forward. With all these positive points, the downside maybe that Aura is still basic melodic rock: good stuff, but hardly innovative. Also, it was easy for me to tire of Helge Engelke's wiggly George Bellas-style fret work which permeates many songs. In the end, Aura is a solid and enjoyable work of melodic rock from these talented veterans. Very recommended!