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Sapphire Eyes: Magic Moments
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Sapphire Eyes: Magic Moments

AOR Melodic Rock

My last turn with Sweden's Sapphire Eyes was nearly eight years ago. That's long enough to be placed in my "Where have they been" file. While started as a solo project by keyboard player Niclas Olsson (Alyson Avenue, Second Heat), the self-titled debut album found some considerable success. Enough so, that Olsson chose to put a band together made up of friends and familiar Swedish musicians, and the odd man out: Finnish vocalist Kimmo Blom (Leverage, Urban Tale). This crew produced Breath Of Ages, the second album, dropping in 2018. Now Sapphire Eyes returns with their third long player Magic Moments.

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Essentially, Magic Moments is another platter of Sapphire Eyes' signature Eighties-style AOR melodic rock. Naturally, with a keyboard player at the helm as the principal songwriter, you can expect a large synth presence, from symphonic texture to wispy West coast style nuances to singular solos. You'll hear these things across the entire, but notable songs include Don't Walk Away, Magic Moment, Cutting Like A Knife and the closing ballad, All I Need Is To Hold You.

After this you'll find the usual AOR musical suspects of guitar harmony (twin guitars in Sapphire Eyes' case), thrilling solos, a spry and upbeat rock groove from the rhythm section, fine song melody and vocal harmony, and more than a few hooks from catchy choruses. With these elements added to the mix, I found my interest turn to the strong, more edgy, riff rockers such as Bring Back The Night, the speedy As Days Go By, and the radio ready Still Alive. If there is any caveat to add, it would be that most every song could have been trimmed by 30 to 45 seconds for some more compact and efficient rock tunes. Nevertheless, with Magic Moments, Sapphire Eyes once more delivers another solid album of classic AOR melodic rock. Recommended. - New fiction, crime fiction by Craig Hartranft

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The Bottom Line

With Magic Moments, Sapphire Eyes once more delivers another solid album of classic AOR melodic rock. Recommended.

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