A World Of FoolsLABEL:
2017COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: LINEUP:
Lars Säfsund - vocals * Stefano Lionetti - guitars, keyboards, vocals * Michele Cusato - guitars * Giulio Dagnino - bass * Martino Malacrida - drumsTRACK LISTING:
01 I Will Wait * 02 Show Me The Love * 03 Bring Me Back Our Love * 04 Heaven Is Right Here * 05 A World Of Fools * 06 One More Night * 07 All I Want * 08 Living On The Edge * 09 Our Good Goodbye * 10 Paradise * 11 Image Of Your SoulRATING: WEBLINKS: www.lionville.it
The first two albums by Stefano Lionetti and his Lionville project were well-received by those of us who are still immersed in this flavor of AOR. George even gave out a rare 10 for the second one, and I myself have them sitting at number 3 and 1 for 2011 and 2012. I doubt I'm the only one who had high expectations for this release. They switched from the Avenue of Allies label to Frontiers, which may have given concern that their sound may veer to what many consider the 'generic Frontiers sound'. Interestingly, this album does not appear to have involvement from Alessandro Del Vecchio, who seems to have his imprints on much of that label's output. Aside from Lionetti and primary vocalist Lars Säfsund, it's totally new lineup. Hopefully this one will sound much like the first two, right?
Not to worry - the new label and new musicians do not necessarily mean a new direction. Well, opener 'I Will Wait' does sound an awful lot like it could be from Säfsund's main gig Work Of Art
. This one was released in late 2016, and I played the heck out of it. The next two songs were also released early - 'Show Me The Love' and 'Bring Me Back Our Love'. They're uptempo songs that sound much like what's on the first two albums, which means they're quite good. We slow down into ballad territory with the excellent 'Heaven Is Right Here', which compares favorably with all the other great ballads sung by Säfsund on the other Lionville and Work Of Art
albums. Title track 'A World Of Fools' picks up the pace again and is behind only the opener in terms of being somewhat harder-edged, but really it's too smooth to come close to being hard. (I guess what I'm saying is that it's all relative, right?) 'One More Night', 'All I Want', and 'Living On The Edge' deliver more of what you expect from these guys, with the last one being a bit more mellow than the title might suggest. I think the first two albums suffered a bit when someone other than Säfsund took the mic. Lionetti was one of the vocalists on some of those songs. While he's not quite the singer as Säfsund, 'Our Good Goodbye' is the best song on here for him to take the lead in the vocal department. Another great song, and it certainly does not derail the momentum. 'Paradise' is more typical Lionville and an enjoyable romp. We close with 'Image Of Your Soul', the most unique arrangement of any song on here with some pretty darn cool solo parts in the middle. I had mentioned how much I enjoyed Anna Portalupi's bass work in my comments on the second album, but Giulio Dagnino delivers the same caliber of performance that adds extra class to these songs.
Safe to say that those who enjoyed the first two Lionville albums, as well as Work Of Art
and others who capture this sound, will love this one as well. I certainly do - it pushes all the buttons and checks all the boxes. This is one of those repeat play, any mood albums that will be on any short list of albums that I can dial up with minimal effort. Great songs, great vocals, great musicianship - what's not to love?
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