There aren’t that many members of the original Hardline left, but that doesn’t seem to matter to the last man standing, singer Johnny Gioeli. He gives you exactly what you’d expect out of a Hardline album! There aint any big surprices on “Life”, but it’s a very solid melodic rock album. It’s obvious that they are aiming to make this sound as similar to their classic 1992 debut “Double Eclipse” as possible and actually, they get pretty far. There might not be that many new classics such as “Hot Cherie” or “Dr. Love” on this one, but there are no weak songs to be seen either. Opening track “A Place to Call Home” sets the mood perfectly, and after that you can just lay back and enjoy it!
Just like “Double Eclipse”, this album is melodic but never too soft. The sound is rough and powerful and strikes the right attitude all the way through. The only track that feels a little out of place is Queen cover “Who Wants to Live Forever”, which feels unnessecary. But apart from that, “Life” is a piece of really nice melodic rock that proves that Gioeli hasn’t lost the touch of either his voice or his song writing skills. We thank him for that! This is a melodic rock album well worth checking out!
Date of release: 26/4-19
Stand out tracks: A Place to Call Home
There might not be that many new classics such as "Hot Cherie" or "Dr. Love" on this one, but there are no weak songs to be seen either.