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SHOOTING STAR Circles Frontiers (2006)

Shooting Star are a band who never quite achieved the success or recognition they deserve, having released a real gem of an album, 'Silent Scream' back in 1985.

Their last album was released back in 2000 and since then they have recruited one of melodic rock's vocal giants, former 707/Storm vocalist Kevin Chalfant.

He joins the original members Van McLain (guitar/vocals), Steve Thomas (drums) and Ron Verlin (bass) with the line-up completed by keyboards player Dennis Laffoon and violinist Shane Michaels.

Happy to report that the band has produced an album worthy of their name. 'Runaway' and 'Trouble In Paradise' really rock, with Laffoon's Hammond runs sounding not unlike former Uriah Heep man Ken Hensley.

The band even have a progressive track in the shape of 'We're Not Alone', where the violin and keys mix nicely, to create a sound like classic Kansas. The AOR is still here though and 'Without Love' would certainly see of many latter day AOR wannabes.

Definitely one for fans of the band and those who enjoy well played and catchy AOR mixed wit classic rock. Also in vocalist Kevin Chalfant they have the voice to really bring these songs to life, a very wise move on the band's part.


Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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