SAVE THE WORLD – One
- by J.N.
- Posted on 15-06-2021
Frontiers recently re-issued Save the World’s 2017 album simply titled "One" and what we have here is melodic hard rock with prominent traces of AOR to it, which means that we are served big choruses and strong melodies as well as lots of glorious harmonies and wicked hooks. This is quite varied stuff and somewhat difficult to categorize or compare to other bands and acts out there, which primarily has to do with the trio drawing on so many different influences and genres. Judging from the song material displayed here, one gets the impression that Save the World are inspired by everything from The Beatles to Asia and further on to modern alternative rock and perhaps even early grunge. That may sound schizophrenic to some, but really, it is not, and these talented dudes make it work and the compositions have a good, organic flow to them.
What appeals to me about "One" is that it sounds neither dated nor old hat, but it still manages to pay homage to some of the pop/rock/prog pioneers and legends of the 60, 70s, and 80s in a convincing manner. In that sense, it is partly inspired by the past while simultaneously looking to the future. Every instrument is allowed to breathe, and the twelve-track offering is a fresh and spirited take on the hard rock genre and there are many interesting things to discover here. You want some melodic hard rock with a twist? Look no further than this memorable opus by Dan Tracey (Alan Parsons Project) and his skilled cohorts, Robert Wright and Jon Wysocki.