It has been awhile, or so it seems, since Jeff Scott Soto has put out a hard rock record. Over the past couple of years Jeff has focused on other styles of rock like funk and AOR and put the hard rock thing on the back burner. Damage Control is a much welcome return to form, for this stellar vocalist, proving once again that he is still one of the best vocalists out there today.
Damage Control is all about great song writing and delivery. For this CD Jeff has hired some excellent musicians to assist him in making his strongest record in years. The vocals soar and the guitar solos kill. The CD starts off in fine form with the hard rocking track Give a Little More, which sets the tone for the whole record. It is a mid-tempo hard rocker full of crunchy guitars and melody. This CD has a nice mix of hard rock and AOR. I tend to dig the harder numbers, like the title track and After World, but the AOR tracks like Die a Little and How to Love Again fit nicely within the varied mix of the album. A nice variety on this one, which will keep you captivated from start to finish. A must for any JSS fans, or for any fan of melodic hard rock, for that matter. Go get this one.
Bottom Line: Jeff rocking harder than he has in awhile. A solid platter of melodic rock delivered by one of the best voices in rock. A CD that has a balanced mix of hard rock and AOR. Soto delivers in a big way, with a great release.
Standout Tracks: Damage Control, Give a Little More, Die a Little and After World.
-Ragman is wondering if the title track is a leftover Talisman song.