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RISING FORCE: ODYSSEY

Yngwie Malmsteen

 

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toroddfuglesteg
3 stars The one off cooperation between Yngwie Malmsteen and Joe Lynn Turner.

This was a one album only cooperation between these two big egos. The promo photos from that time were with those two guys. Before and in particular on all other albums, all promo photos has only featured Yngwie. I think this explains why this was album and the supporting gigs was so one off. It is a pity really because this was a marriage made in heaven.

Joe Lynn Turner, who was well used to working with big guitar hero egos, managed to hold Yngwie Malmsteen under control on this album. An album which is a very nice balance between the vocals and the guitars. Helped off course by some keyboards too. The result is a very good AOR heavy rock album which feels like a band effort where everyone puts in their stuff and it comes out as good music from the speakers. No doubts Yngwie Malmsteen's best album up to that point and his ticket to stardom. Why this was not made into a permanent band is a crying shame, really.

Odyssey is an album full of really good songs, although with a dated sound. Joe Lynn Turner's vocals are excellent and Yngwie's guitars are kept under control. No excessive dull guitar solos can be found here. The good melody is what this album is all about. This is probably the only album I would recommend by Yngwie Malmsteen. Probably because I gave him up after Eclipse.

3.75 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |

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