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Save The World: One / Two
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Save The World: One (2017/2021)

Alternative Melodic Hard Rock
3.5/5.0

Save The World - One / Two Album Art

Save The World: Two (2021)

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
4.5/5.0

Beginnings & One
Save The World is an American band created by chief songwriter Dan Tracey (Alan Parsons Project) on guitar, vocals, keyboards, featuring producer and engineer Robert Wright on bass, vocals, keyboards, and Jon Wysocki (Staind) on drums. Tracey and Wysocki arrive from the Springfield, Massachusetts music scene, both having a mutual respect for the other's often divergent musical experiences. Tracey met Wright after the former moved to Nashville two decades ago.

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Save The World: Wysoki, Tracey, & Wright

The threesome put together debut album, One, in 2017 garnering praise in the alternative rock scene. The album, now re-released through Frontiers Music with the new album Two features the singles Bleed and Circus Maximus, featuring a spoken word segue by Alan Parsons. Other songs of interest and personal favorites include the strong rocker Comic Con, the piano driven This Little Pill, and Cecilia Weiss which includes a fine saxophone solo from Todd Cooper.



... And There Were Two & Two
The new album, Two, finds only Tracey and Wright involved in the recording, with the latter handling Wysock's drum slot. Additionally, I found this album, perhaps, a slight departure from the first album. Wherein the former seemed to draw from some alternative and, maybe, progressive rock influences, Two seems more classic melodic hard rock even with some stronger, traditional AOR vibes. Characteristically, and not unlike the former album, the songs move upon to very good things: song melody and vocal harmony. These are then supported by crisp riffs, solid rhythm and groove, and more than a few catchy choruses. Also, the guitar solos are at a premium, much more expansive than within One (in my humble opinion).

You'll find some fine some AOR driven melodic hard rock with Who's That Girl, Illuminati, and the quite fine Miss Muse. Yet, STW can get somewhat heavier between the riffs and rhythm section as with Camera Obscura, Defenders Of The Faith, or the riff rocker, bit faster, Man On An Island. Alternatively, somewhat ballad-like softer rock arrived with longer and Denslow Park had a more upbeat pop groove.

All in all, with both One and Two, Save the World offers listeners a creative and dynamic mix of melodic hard rock, with several genre influences, that are sure to please and entertain. Recommended.




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The Take Away

All in all, with both One and Two, Save the World offers listeners a creative and dynamic mix of melodic hard rock, with several genre influences, that are sure to please and entertain. Recommended.

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