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Toby Hitchcock: Changes
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Toby Hitchcock: Changes

AOR/Melodic Hard Rock
4.5/5.0

While Pride Of Lions and World Stage is on a minor hiatus, vocalist Toby Hitchcock returns with his third solo album, Changes, the second in two years. The recording finds Hitchcock hooking up with Frontiers music veteran, songwriter, and producer Alessandro Del Vecchio. The recording also features Danish guitar wizard Martin Jepsen Andersen and Italian drummer Nicholas Papapicco who will also appear on the forthcoming Mayank album.

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As a vocalist, Hitchcock requires little affirmation. He simply has a fine voice which easily follows and supports song melody and harmony. But his vocals also carry a certain emotion or, better, soulfulness in his timbre. This passion and strength is nearly effortless, born of natural talent. All the fellow needs is some songs to display this talent. Changes is filled with classic melodic hard rock tunes wrapped in AOR accessibility. There's also a diversity to the songs that allows Hitchcock to adapt and stretch his vocal talents. There's some faster, heavier rockers, like Changes, Two Hearts On The Run, or On The Edge Of Falling, wherein Hitchcock sounds more assertive, but still remaining melodic and smooth. Alternatively, the rising ballad Don't Say Goodbye finds his voice both soaring and soulful. Another stand out track is Forward wherein Hitchcock's voice melds with a larger, pleasing harmonious vocal arrangement. After these things, I was quite impressed with Andersen's guitar work: all the songs offer spry and satisfying guitar solos. All in all, Changes once more display's Toby Hitchcock's superb vocal talent in his best musical context, AOR melodic hard rock. Easily recommended.




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The Take Away

Changes once more display's Toby Hitchcock's superb vocal talent in his best musical context, AOR melodic hard rock. Easily recommended.

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