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Perfect Plan: Time For A Miracle
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Perfect Plan: Time For A Miracle

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
5.0/5.0

In 2018, Sweden's Perfect Plan burst on the music scene with their "killer no filler" debut album, All Rise. The band's fine combination of melodic hard rock and AOR accessibility quickly put the band in league with other Swedish legends like Work Of Art and Treat. Now the quintet returns with their sophomore follow-up, Time For A Miracle which also introduces new bass player Mats Byström.

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Like it's predecessor, Time For A Miracle is another juggernaut of AOR infused melodic hard rock. Perfect Plan has the best moving parts of the genre: exceptional songwriting and skilled musicianship which gives attention to song melody, harmony, and groove, and then offers strong vocals and vocal arrangements, synth embellishment, killer guitar solos, and catchy refrains.

Perfect Plan has so many fine assets, it's hard to put your finger one that makes their music so impressive. All the aforementioned elements compliment and inform each other making for the perfect melodic hard rock storm. If I had to pick one, or two, they would be the song arrangements and Kent Hilli's marvelous vocals, simply killer. But, perhaps, some listeners may find this album a bit different than All Rises being heavier, not in the sense of heavy metal, but rather more dense and expansive. This Perfect Plan sound is more like raise, no, blow the roof off the arena.

Faithful readers know at this point that I consider a handful of songs. Suffice to say, they are all quite fandamntastic. But for some classic melodic hard rockers with some fury and groove listen for Heart Of Stone, Living On The Run, or Time For A Miracle. For some arena-ready AOR tunes, you'll find it with the piano led, rising, and quite catchy Fighting To Win. Vocally speaking, Hilli is at his Steve Perry best. For a radio-friendly rocker check out Don't Blame It On Love Again and its delightful melody, sparkling synth layer, and catchy refrain. Another favorite is the closing number Don't Leave Me Here Alone. A strong guitar start is followed by acoustic guitar and vocals as it builds to stirring ballad with a grand guitar solo. Again, Kent Hilli's vocals simply spin-chilling. Wow, this guy can belt it out.

All in all, Perfect Plan's Time For A Miracle is another stunning and highly entertaining album of their signature AOR inspired melodic hard rock. This album has all the merits for 2020 Album of the Year. Get it. Quite recommended.




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The Bottom Line

Perfect Plan's Time For A Miracle is another stunning and highly entertaining album of their signature AOR inspired melodic hard rock. This album has all the merits for 2020 Album of the Year. Get it. Quite recommended.

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