Melodic Rock Round-up: June 2015
Dave Ling on new releases from Radioactive, Tony Mills, AOR, Serpentine and O’Regan
Tommy Denander is a guitar player whose credits on more than 2,500 albums could fill a supplement of this magazine, and besides having played with Paul Stanley, Michael Jackson and Richard Marx he’s also a member of the band Impera. It’s no wonder, then, that the fourth album from his Radioactive project has been more than 10 years in the making.
It sees the Stockholm native collaborating with a stunning list of lead vocalists, including two – Survivor’s Jimi Jamison and former Toto man Fergie Frederiksen – who are no longer with us. Special guest-themed records have become 10-a-penny (three such examples lurk within this month’s column), though with F4UR Denander really pushes out the boat, both in terms of the stature of his collaborators and the strength of the songs on the record.
Jamison sounds superb on Summer Rains while the Frederiksen-sung Back To The Game is right out of the Toto songbook, and with a cast list that includes Jeff Paris and ex-Toto man Bobby Kimball, this is a smooth Rolls-Royce ride to the finish line. (8/10)