Perfect Plan
Time for a Miracle

Label: Frontiers Music
Three similar bands: Foreigner/Survivor/The Storm

Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Time For A Miracle
2. Better Walk Alone
3. Heart To Stone
4. Fighting To Win
5. Everytime We Cry
6. What About Love
7. Nobody's Fool
8. Living On The Run
9. Just One Wish
10. Dont Blame It On Love Again
11. Give A Little Lovin'
12. Don't Leave Me Here Alone

Kent Hilli - vocals
Rolf Nordström - guitar
Leif Ehlin - keyboards
Mats Byström - bass
Fredrik Forsberg - drums

All Rise (2018)



Released 2020-09-04
Reviewed 2021-01-12


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Well, I guess the perfect plan was to make typical AOR and produce and package it as well as possibly, make some great craftsmanship without really figuring anything out for yourself. Like most AOR. It is Time for a Miracle, at least when looking through some reviews giving this album full marks, after playing it plenty of times, five or six only today, I have a hard time seeing where they find that timeless classic that a full marked album should need. According to some reviewers, this album (along with hundreds more) is one of the best ever released, if you rate on a scale in more than five steps, that would be the requirement to get full marks.

Musically this album is pretty generic AOR, there are no surprises, and I would describe it as a predictable album in the regard that after hearing about one minute of it you know how the rest of the album sounds. The sound is excellent, the vocalist is pretty great, the craftsmanship is of the highest standard. The artistry is pretty bleak as the music is pretty much copy-paste from a genre standard, I too the three similar band from what others have mentioned but you could name more or less any AOR band as similar as they sound pretty much like an archetype of that genre.

Time for a Miracle is a good album, but it is far from one of the best of its kind, there are better and more creative releases through the times within this genre and this does not deserve to be mentioned amongst the best as I can from the top of my mind right now think of at least fifty albums that are better so a higher mark is not on the table here. But it is a fine album to enjoy when driving, working or whatever you do when you need or want some background music. But when I want to just listen to an album I want something that is fresher, better and more exciting than this one.

It is a fine album with several songs showing hit potential, but with no song good enough to really be considered a memorable hit song. There are no weaker tracks and fans of the genre will like it, I like it as well, but it isn’t a memorable album and to be honest there are quite a few albums of this calibre around, so is there anything making this one special? Not really, I would say that it is one of those albums that are too good to be bad and too bad to be great – a pretty good album, nothing more.