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Sunstorm: House Of Dreams

Sunstorm: House Of Dreams

Melodic Rock/AOR
Rating: 4.0/5.0

Veteran vocalist Joe Lynn Turner returns again with his Sunstorm project bringing another collection of melodic rock songs on 'House Of Dreams.' As with the first album, Turner digs deep into his personal history and portfolio for several songs including 'I Found Love,' 'Forever Now,' and 'Save a Place in Your Heart,' where legendary AOR producer Paul Sabu appears among the writing credits. Frontiers chief Serafino Perugino 'also asked Joe to finally release "his" version of the amazing ballad Walk On, that Turner co-wrote with Desmond Child (KISS, Bon Jovi et al) for the Jimmy Barnes album 'Freight Train Heart' in 1987.' Also, Jim Peterik (Survivor, Pride Of Lions) returns to contribute 'Tears on the Pages,' 'Say You Will' and 'Gutters of Gold.' Brothers Tom and James Martin (House Of Lords, Khymera) wrote the remaining tracks. (Source: Frontiers)

Essentially, what you have on 'House Of Dreams' standard melodic rock fare. JLT is an top form as usual and I found him most compelling on 'The Spirit Inside,' 'I Found Love,' 'Say You Will,' and 'Forever Now.' However, 'Walk On' is the true star of the album: the arrangement is brilliant and Turner is passionate. The album weighs heavy on the ballad side (at least six of eleven songs) than the rock side. This was a little disappointing for me even though all the songs are quite good.

Joe Lynn Turner's second Sunstorm project 'House Of Dreams' is another fine collection of melodic rock songs from one of the best at it. Basically, it's more of the same. But in the case of Turner and Sunstorm, that is hardly a bad thing. Recommended!

In Short

Joe Lynn Turner's second Sunstorm project 'House Of Dreams' is another fine collection of melodic rock songs from one of the best at it. Basically, it's more of the same. But in the case of Turner and Sunstorm, that is hardly a bad thing.

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