Thursday, December 14, 2023

REVIEW : HUGO'S VOYAGE, Inception (Frontiers Music s.r.l. Release: 10 November 2023)

HUGO'S VOYAGE is the brand new and exciting project that featuring former Valentine and Open Skyz singer Hugo, Robby Hoffman (guitar), Greg Smith (bass), Dana Spellman (drums) and Lance Millard (keyboards). "Inception" is entitled the debut that is going to be released through Frontiers Music this November (10th).

For me, it was a natural progression for us to follow our inspiration and come out with an album of original songs. This one's for all the AOR fans out there,” says Hugo. Hugo’s voice, with its incredible range, captivating tone, and unparalleled emotional depth, has the ability to translate personal experiences into timeless melodies and lyrics. ‘Inception’ is a testament to his songwriting prowess and his commitment to creating music that resonates with all people. The compositions explore universal themes of love, hope, loss and self-discovery, accompanied by infectious melodies that linger in the minds of listeners long after the final note fades away. 

After the short but intense intro of "Inception", it comes the first highlight out of this record; "Crazy What Love Can Do"!! A fantastic melody, a softer VALENTINE vibe in it but, most of all, Hugo's emotional vocals make this track a briliant apettizer of what's coming up next here. An amazing melodic rock track. More JOURNEY-esque vibes next in "Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" while in "Goin' Away" we are dealing with a harder edged AOR tune that includes a killer hook in it. The beautiful pop-rock "A Friend Like You" is just excellent and the addition of saxophone gives the extra something to the final result. This one is one of my personal favorites out of this debut. It's time to rock again with the solid "I'll Be There" and "Voyage" while the album closes with the incredible and blusier tune of "When Heaven Makes An Angel". 

It's really great to see Hugo back in business again. His voice is so unique, so emotional and, to be honest, is one of my favorite singers of ll time. This time with HUGO'S VOYAGE the artist is trying to travel us right through his music world; a world full of melodies and deep emotions that the sure thing is that it will touch the heart of every melodic rock fan out there!! 

Songwriting : 9
Production : 9
Songs : 9
Musicianship : 9

Overall Rating : 9 / 10 

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