I have a soft spot for the sound of early/mid 80s AOR and Randy Massey`s latest, The Truth, is a home-grown effort that sounds like well-recorded demos for `coulda been/shoulda been` hits of that era. As with previous releases, there`s a strong sense of this being strongly rooted in the 70`s radio feel to these ears. I hear Journey, Survivor and for those informed geeks, a band called 707 from the early 80s. Like `power pop`, "AOR" is a sub-genre that is ignored here in the United States but over in Europe, it`s a type of music that has never gone out of style, with hundreds of bands making the rounds. Massey`s songs could be benchmarks for many of them to bring into their set lists.
"Streaked with a clean and tidy sheen smacking of radio friendly frequencies, "The Truth" assuredly bridges the gap between stadium rock-and-power popping procedures, nailed hard and tight against a backdrop of bluesy diversions. Embroidered with gutsy six-string frills, songs like "Meant To Be," "Time" and "Do Dreams Come True" are tempered by polished textures and tingling melodies. Navigated by a mesmerizing pitch, "Alone" gushes and soars with trance-induced vocals, a repetitiously clutching hook and Randy`s trademark blistering licks." - The Lance Monthly Fans of AOR make careful note of "The Truth".
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