Five years since their last album and with a few personnel changes, Italy's Lionville returns with their third recording, A World Of Fools. Principal characters remain, namely founder, songwriter, and guitarist Stefano Lionetti and vocalist Lars Safsund from Work Of Art.
Also, musically speaking nothing, much has changed with the Lionville sound. Essentially, the band revisits Eighties AOR melodic rock with a strong tone of Westcoast breeze. Lionetti composes songs rich with strong melodies, catchy hooks in arrangements and refrains, pleasing vocal and guitar harmonies, plentiful bright and airy keyboards, and a solid groove from the rhythm section. Of course, being a guitarist, there are plenty of tasty lead solos throughout. Basically, Lionville offers radio-friendly ear candy to its listeners.
So, the aforementioned construct describes the essence of most every song here. But what more can be said? Honestly, AOR fans will find the entire album pleasing, yet I wonder if they will find any "stand out" songs. I found a few. One is the very catchy, arena and radio single ready, Bring Me Back Our Love, thanks to the sure combination of groove, melody, and catchy chorus. Another song of interest is One More Night which begins and continues with a delightful piano line. Then just past the midpoint some light synth fusion leads to a fiery solo, before the piano takes hold again. Also the vocal harmonies are near perfect. One More Night is easily my favorite song here. Some honorable mention goes to the bit heavier rocker Paradise and the brisk paced hard rocker I Will Wait. Conversely, some songs fell flat. For a song named Livin' On The Edge, it didn't quite have the energy I expected, but there is a fine guitar solo within.
Nevertheless, Lionville's A World Of Fools is a fine return to form for the band. Fans of the band and their back catalogue will enjoy this album. Recommended.
Lionville's A World Of Fools is a fine return to form for the band. Fans of the band and their back catalogue will enjoy this album. Recommended.
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