CD Reviews

Valentine - 'Soul Salvation' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     September 29, 2010    
0.0 (0)
7724   0   1   0   0   0




A success for Valentine after long absence.

We’ve had a whole year to wait for this release since Valentine announced that they were to make a new record at last years Firefest show, so the big question is “Was it worth the wait?” Well, that’s a big resounding “Yes” folks. The band have not tried to modernise their sound and have kept true to their signature sound, hey, if ain’t broke don’t fix it!

The opening track ‘Dream All The Way’ has the wonderful harmonies we have come to expect from Valentine and of course those lovely ‘Perry-isms’ (if there is such a word) from Hugo. That’s not to say that this is just another solo outing in all but name for the man, as all the band contribute to the song writing and the music is all the better for it, a special mention must got to Adam Holland’s fiery fret work that sets many of the songs alight.

There is light and shade to the music and the debate still rages what melodic rock or AOR is, well folks this is as close as you get, believe me! ‘Picking Up the Pieces’ has a strong chorus and some strong keyboard work from Craig Pullman which really sets the mood for many of the songs on offer here. Far too many bands drown the keyboards out and lose the atmospheric feeling that the instrument can bring to the song, but with Valentine it is used to maximum effect.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site

Fear not, the band aren’t going all mushy on you and the driven Escape era sounding ‘One More Chance’ is a joy to have blasting from your speakers any day and shows that the band can rock with the best of them.

The build up of the majestic ‘Pages’ takes us to the heights that Enuff z Nuff reached with their Strength release and also offered a nod to the bands time as Open Skyz many moons ago, it is also one of the most experimental songs that the band have written. Exceptional song writing and some wonderful vocal harmonies entwine to take the song in all sorts of directions and show that the band have a lot to offer for the future should they decide to record again and lets hope they do.

If you’re a fan of the wonderful feeling that bands like Survivor or NightRanger gave you, then ‘Every Time You Go Away’ or ‘Wait’ will set your mood right back to the glory days of the 80’s when polished feel good rock ruled the airwaves, the guys just keep on ticking all the right boxes for me with this release.

The strength of any melodic rock release is in the word melody and with the singer to project it to the listener in my opinion, ‘I’ll Be The One’ like so many songs on offer here does this and keeps the song floating around in your head for days and that to me makes Soul Salvation a success for Valentine after long absence.


Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  September 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
   1  2  3  4  5  6
  7  8  910111213

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 hour, 22 minutes ago
  • Hysteria : Received my download copy almost immediately and downloaded 50 magazines for free. Cannot complain! Thanks guys!!!
  • KI2000 : Love the new issue guys, great magazine!
  • Berny : @Mugi89: Your confirmation mail was sent on the 22nd, I've just sent it again. Please contact me at «email» should you not receive it. Many thanks!
  • Mugi89 : Hi! I purchased my digital copy of issue 92 2 days ago but still didn't receive it. When am I gonna be able to download it? thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Your mail was forwarded to the Fireworks team yesterday, I am going to ask them again. Sorry for the delay!
  • Berny : @Mitch Perry: Your order was received at 4AM local time. As stated on the order page, all payments have to be processed manually. Your copy of Fireworks 92 was added to your download section, many thanks for the purchase.
  • Berny : @RobC68: I sent you two emails explaining the situation. There's not much more I can do for you at the moment, so I'd suggest you stop buying the magazine. Thanks.
  • zom414 : Still not received the latest issue by post, I've emailed as well but not heard anything. Can you let me know what's happening please?
  • Mitch Perry : Can I have my download link, please? Issue 92 22 Sep 2020 07:57:11 BST Paypal Transaction ID: 1BS38875MX3700248
  • RobC68 : purchased issue 92 in download version. been waiting more than a day....PATHETIC SERVICE as it happens with every purchase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Berny : @rgilman: Please check your e - mail for download instructions.
  • rgilman : Hello I bought the Deep Purple issue how do I download it? Thanks
  • Berny : @jharper36: Please check your e - mail.
  • jharper36 : Hi, i purchased the download of issue #92. How do I download it?
  • Berny : @loudjlopez: Sorry for the troubles, pls. check your mail. Many thanks!
  • loudjlopez@m : Any word on my digital download of issue 91. Paid on Saturday. It is Tuesday. Thanks
  • loudjlopez@m : Paid for Fireworks #91 for digital download. No word since Saturday and it is Monday.
  • Berny : @fdr: Magazines were sent on Monday. Thanks for your purchase and best regards, B. :)
  • fdr : Hi, yesterday (august 12th) I sent you a payment for 21GBP for the purchase of issues 91 and 82 of Fireworks magazine. (code 7D3182072X778721A) but still haven't received a word od confirmation. Can you please check?
  • Rocktopia Te : @kbm1983: Currently, all orders have to be be processed manually. This could take a few hours. Sorry for the delay, you shoulkd have received a mail containing download instructions by now. @ all: Pls. do not worry in case you see a PayPal transaction error message. Your order was received, pls. do not order the magazine twice. Many thanks for your understanding!
  • kbm1983 : Hi, I bought #91 earlier today but its still not in my downloads. Can you check it out please. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @ Man Shaped Wolf: You should have received a mail containing download instructions yesterday. Sorry for the delay!
  • Man Shaped W : Hey, same as defron but for 91 :) excited to read our review
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us


This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site