PERFECT PLAN – All Rise
Perfect Plan hail from Sweden and are a relatively new outfit on the melodic hard rock scene in the sense that the band was launched only a few years ago, more specifically in 2014. There are plenty of glorious hooks and magnificent riffs on this 11-track debut offering of theirs and it walks that fine line between hard and soft, epic and introspective, uplifting and slightly melancholy.
Kent Hilli’s awesome vocals provide the songs with a raw nerve and just the right amount of grit while still sounding sufficiently smooth and graceful. The solos are so goddamn infectious that one can hum along to them, which is cool, and the keyboard work is inspired and inspiring. The haunting "In and Out of Love" is one of the highlights of the disc and contains quite a few moving passages while the intense "Stone Cold Lover" and the groovy "Gone Too Far" are more direct and in-your-face, or more punchy and hard-hitting, if you will. The latter is truly one of the standout tracks here. The stomping "What Goes Around" is a pure delight and "Too Late" encompasses everything that made 80s rock so splendid and timeless. Overall, we are dealing with a well-written and solid album that rarely loses its momentum. The musicianship is strong and the solid production has depth and substance to it, which is to say that it is neither too polished nor lifeless.
There is nothing new to what these gentlemen are doing, but "All Rise" is a pleasant, entertaining, and charming output with well-crafted melodies and stadium-sized anthemics to it that ought to satisfy any fan of AOR, hard rock, and melodic rock out there.