Whoever finds pleasing pop rock, which can be heard loosely on the side, i.e. during washing up or similar activities, a horror, should skip the first two tracks of the latest Vertical Horizon work. Starting from track number three called "Evermore" the electric guitars finally sound like such, rocky, earthy and not like soft and filtered. And even Matt Scanell's voice doesn't seem so terribly chummy anymore. "Song For Someone" is a pop ballad, but one that Peter Gabriel could also write and sing. The same applies to "Consolation", which grooves itself into a gentle ethno rhythm and is crowned by a Gabrielesken song. Lovestruck" is also reminiscent of the sound and style of the British ex-Genesis singer. The electro-pop ballad track that the latter song is driving finally leads the album out of the threatening irrelevance into an interesting future. Suspected noble goal: the perfect pop song. "Frost" and "I Free You" are also on the right track. And the elegiac, dreamy "South For The Winter" releases the listener gently but still reconciled with the ruined entrance.
Top track: Frost