Stewart added the depth, volume and magnificence to every track. Jeff Lynne needs an orchestra to help him do this, Stewart does it on his own!
The mix of styles, ballad\ classical vs symphonic \ power metal is an interesting clash and for any other band it would probably be a disaster. Not so for X Japan who seamlessly blend it all together to deliver a unique, moving experience and one that probably won’t be seen again in the UK for some time to come.
September 5th marks what would have been the 70th birthday of the late, great Freddie Mercury.
“Freddie’s name endures in so many ways so it’s therefore great to have this scholarship celebrating his musical genius!”
Seriously folks, if this is the future of rock ‘n’ roll, then finally we can all get excited again, because this sort of stuff I would listen to everyday without a problem. Within the first two songs of this album I could hear elements of bands like QUEEN, LED ZEPPELIN, BAD COMPANY and some more modern influences like MIKA, THE DARKNESS and THE KILLERS…