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Axel Rudi Pell
Kings and Queens
Released: 2004, SPV
One of the complaints I’ve heard about MR Pell is lack of progression. Well, screw that. I don’t want progression. I like ARP’s signature sound. I want him to play in the same style and thankfully he has ignored the critics and detractors and delivered a CD for the fans.
Axel has delivered his tenth studio album, a milestone by any standard. Axel and his companions are steadfast, reliable and have presented yet another sterling album in the unmistakable ARP signature sound. The album of course kicks off with a brief intro (with harpischord) and launches into a traditional speedy rocker with Jonny Gioeli singing his heart out. Every song is a winner, majestic epics, catchy rockers, somber ballads. ARP of course retains the dio/Rainbow sound in places much to my delight.
The consistency is what I love about this band. Again the same line-up graces us…what is that now, five studio albums in a row with the same line-up? It’s that dedication to the art-form that makes ARP a success. I draw a parallel with Impelliterri. Chris went experimental and kept changing and consequently doesn’t have the identifiable style nor nearly the global success as Axel does.
All the necessary components are in place, great production, great lyrics, great art on the cover, top-notch performances by world-class veterans and most of all great metal songs.
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