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Los Angeles: Neverland
Los Angeles Neverland new music review

Los Angeles: Neverland

AOR/Melodic Rock
Rating: 5.0/5.0

Vocalist Michelle Luppi (Vision Divine, Killing Touch) returns with Neverland another installment of his Los Angeles project with bassist Fabrizio Grossi. Our first introduction was the mammoth self-titled disc in 2007 where Luppi exploded with an entertaining work of melodic rock. His musical roots in and love for the best of AOR and melodic rock, which formed his style, was made self-evident with ambitious, well-crafted songs. This year's Neverland is no different and, quite possibly, even more compelling than it's predecessor. This time around Luppi and Grossi handle much of the songwriting duties creating, again, masterful arrangements that intrigue and entertain. I might even add that the compositions are a bit heavier than previous material as songs like Neverland and City of Angels rip and roar with real hard rock power. Alternatively, Promises shows that smooth melodic ballads have equal power, not only to compel but to mesmerize. Luppi's vocals are equally soaring and strong making him modern rock vocalist able to carry the mantle of such stars as Jeff Scott Soto or Glenn Hughes. Of particular interest is Los Angeles's cover of Richard Marx' Nowhere to Hide, a version beyond mere homage but rather a grand reinterpretation. Beyond this Tonight Tonight, Welcome to My Life, and Paradise are ambitious and infectious songs. Luppi, Grossi, and friends have hit another home run with Los Angeles's Neverland, a powerful platter of blistering melodic rock songs. Highly recommended!

In Short

Luppi, Grossi, and friends have hit another home run with Los Angeles's Neverland, a powerful platter of blistering melodic rock songs. Highly recommended!

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