Saturday, September 9, 2023

REVIEW : KENT HILLI, Nothing Left To Lose (Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release: 4 August 2023)

Swedish vocalist Kent Hilli is back with his second album entitled "NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE" through Frontiers Music. Produced by Jimmy Westerlund (One Desire) with co-production by Hilli and Ulrick Lönnqvist, NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE is yet another melodic rock gem from Kent Hilli, who has established himself as one of the premiere vocalists in the particular genre. 

Kent Hilli with both his solo works and Perfect Plan has always delivered high quality and pure melodic rock stuff at it highest order. With his debut solo record, "THE RUMBLE", Hilli offered us a great and very melodic rock album full of great songs, passionate performances and a solid songwritting. With its newest effort Hilli is back with more edge, more melodies, more classic songs and in general with an album that could be easily THE best AOR record of 2023!!! 

The opener, "Too Young", is just the right track that you expect from Hilli; up-tempo, old-fashioned and with this magical chorus track enough to make you hungry for more! "Nothing Left To Lose" (ft. Jimmy Westerlund And Kai Hahto) is yet another marvellous and edgier AOR gem! "A Fool To Believe", "Stronger" and the ultra melodious "Every Time We Say Goodbye" are all three excellent samples of pure melodic rock/edgy AOR stuff!!! The melodies, the hooks and choruses and this amazing voice are all flawed to perfection!! Especially the track "Every Time We Say Goodbye" will remind you bands such as Heartland, Alias and Strangeways!! One of the highlights in this album is without any doubt "Does He Love Like Me"!! This one is one of the best tracks that I've heard this year without any doubt and the saxophone  here by Oleg Lavrentev works perfectly!!! Check also the ultra commercial tune of "Start It All Over" and the bluesier "Only Dreaming" and you'll discover two more gems out of the new opus! 

Kent Hilli with his second solo entitled "Nothing Left To Lose" comes to prove why this man is considered one of this genre premiere vocalists. Amazing and ultra melodic songs that you'll whistle for days, unique vocals, a solid production and with an elit list of guests on his side Hilli achieve to release a classic record in my humble opinion! 

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