|White Widdow - 'Serenade' (AOR Heaven)|
|Written by Rob Watkins|
|Sunday, 18 September 2011 05:00|
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, and the brainchild of charismatic frontman Jules Millis (otherwise known as Julez Mephisto from the band The Deadthings), White Widdow are trying to create their own slant on '80s arena style melodic rock and hard edged AOR.
Big keyboards, big melodic riffs, big production and smooth vocal tones....and that's only opening song 'Cry Wolf', with its good vocal passages and an above average catchy choral arrangement that'll suit any Adult/Album Orientated Rock aficionado right down to their melodic basement. 'Strangers In The Night' follows on in a similar vein, as does 'Do You Remember?', sticking pretty much to the AOR rulebook. No real musical slap in the chops as of yet, just plodding on safely along. 'Reckless Nights' attempts to break out but ends up just slightly over the deadline while 'How Far I Run' finds things starting to get a tad monotonous with all the tracks laid out and arranged exactly the same.
A nice, mellow guitar brings in 'Serenade' and starts evolving promisingly but sadly it is going nowhere fast and even though the artists, admittedly, are nodding their collective head towards an '80s influenced thing, maybe the sounds should be updated a wee bit fellas. 'Show Your Cards' has me looking at the positives; some neat harmony backing vocals, well played instrumentation. Their debut release was listed in Classic Rock editor at large Geoff Barton's top ten AOR albums of the year in 2010! So maybe Geoff is a wiser music man than I or maybe not.....
'Mistake', 'Patiently' and 'Love Won't Wait' conclude proceedings and that final tune does have a kinda infectious hook I should utter, although possibly not musically big enough to get the guys beyond the Australian musical outbacks.