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This is a really pleasurable first effort - more please!

Are you familiar with BK Morrison? No, it's a new name to me also, but what a find for the guys over at Escape Music. He's a Canadian singer with a rich, warm voice that moves between David Coverdale one moment, then Bobby Kimball and Brad Delp the next. He came to the attention of those "in the know" from videos posted on YouTube and one of the first people who sat up and took notice was Tommy Denander; he contacted Morrison, invited him to his studio and then started to write an album based around his vocals.

On the back of this, Denander seems to have been inspired to try something different for this record because he has thrown out the smooth AOR song-writing handbook that he's well-known for and gone for a set of Melodic Hard Rock tracks that lean towards Whitesnake/Bad Company (seventies/eighties era) with bits of Toto and AOR mixed in alongside an almost Mike Slamer-like vibe – sounds good, doesn't it?

The Toto/Bad Company-like 'Before I Will Know' starts things off and you know immediately that you're going to like this release. The song is coolness personified with a killer chorus and it's the perfect way to introduce us all to Morrison's voice. 'Bullet With Your Name', 'Fade To Black' and 'Confess To Your Demons' continue in the same vein where their earthy sounding vocals and powerful Denander guitar riffs combine to great effect.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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However, where the magic really happens is on the slower/mid-paced tracks 'Come Home' and 'On The Other Side' which find Morrison putting in a vocal performance that is second to none; on both of these songs he comes across like the long-lost son of Coverdale and if you close your eyes you'd swear you were listening to "The Cov" back in the eighties.

The last track sums up this album perfectly; it's called 'Full Of Shit' (which it isn't) but just like all the tracks that came before, this is hook-laden, memorable and played with a sense of fun – in the end, it's just a great song.

Even though this is a showcase for the talents of Morrison, he and Denander decided to make this a band effort and not just a solo release. If these two gentlemen can keep it going and also put some live work under their belts, who knows what will happen? This is a really pleasurable first effort – more please!

Ian Johnson

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