AGE OF REASON
Vocalist Terry Brock can sing his ass off. I mean, seriously, he’s as good as it gets. He’s right there with the greats of Album Oriented Rock music as far as voice goes. Steve Perry, Jeff Scott Soto, Kevin Chalfant – pick a name that is synonymous with that genre, and you will find Terry Brock to be, at worst, of equal caliber to that singer. This just goes to show that no matter how good a singer is, he can’t turn a shitty album good. While Brock may sing as good as he has ever sang before here, ACT OF REASON is one of the most boring, tepid releases of the last year.
Being totally honest here, it’s not Brock’s fault. He really does sing beautifully here. Songs like “Playin’ It Over” feature a voice that’s almost inhuman in it’s powerful, Perry-esque sort of way. Brock just is not the problem…that is unless he wrote the songs. Without question, ACT OF REASON is seriously, seriously dull. It’s like listening to a Richard Marx acoustic show where he doesn’t play a single song that’s ever been a hit or even anything above mid-tempo. The songs here on ACT OF REASON are almost all slow and dull. The result is a listening experience that just leaves you tired and bored by the end of it. To be fair, any one of these songs would be nice for the background soundtrack of a nice candlelight date. Listening to the whole thing though would be more like the music who’s job it is to wait out the ruffees taking effect. Taken one on one, songs like “As We Fall” and “Frozen” are decent enough tracks. That is, if you are a fan of Enya.
PITRIFF RATING – 25/100 - Dull, uninspired and uninteresting, AGE OF REASON might be the most boring album of the last 12 months. In fact, listening to it while I wrote this review has officially forced me to take a nap. Boring.