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On disc: Fair Warning

Aura - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars
Best And More - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars

Best And More

Best And More
(SPV - 2012)

Fans of melodic rock will know Fair Warning as they are around for 2 decades - even if they took a break -, but only Japanese fans really appreciated their sound while the rest of the world missed their high quality melodic rock - at least when it gets down to sales figures. The band was founded by Zeno bass player Ule W. Ritgen and V2 singer Tommy Heart and in 1991 they stepped into the lime light with their self-titled debut.

With Best And More they deliver a double CD full of their hits - live recordings and studio recordings. They offer rockers and ballads, but perhaps it would have been a good idea to do one disc with studio recordings and one with live recordings... But it might be just me who would have preferred it that way... Anyway, you'll find a their best songs and a little bit more... like Light In The Dark and Children's Eyes, track which were single 'B-sides'. And a cover version of Rock'n'Roll, previously unreleased. You get a lot of good music for the price of one CD, so it's value for money, even if some might say there isn't enough content die-hard fans don't own. But on the other hand it is interesting for hard rock / melodic rock fans who don't own every release of the Germans. At the end of the day it's up to you, but if you like hard rock / melodic rock then Best And More should be part of your collection!

Track list:

CD 1:

1. Burning Heart
2. Save Me
3. All On Your Own
4. Longing For Love
5. When Love Fails
6. Angels Of Heaven
7. Out On The Run
8. Don't Give Up
9. Long Gone
10. Generation Jedi
11. Don't Keep Me Waiting
12. Still I Believe
13. Heart On The Run
14. Here Comes The Heartache
15. I'll Be There
16. I Fight
17. The Way You Want It

CD 2:

1. Rock'n'Roll (previously unreleased)
2. A Little More Love
3. Come On
4. The Heart Of Summer
5. Angel Of Dawn
6. The Call Of The Heart
7. Rain Song
8. Like A Rock
9. Out Of The Night
10. Meant To Be
11. Don't Count On Me
12. Just Another Perfect Day
13. Light In The Dark (single track)
14. Man On The Moon
15. Children's Eyes (single track)

9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt



(Metal Heaven - 2009)

After the reunion album Brother's Keeper in 2006 Fair Warning toured successfully in Japan and played some festivals. And now Fair Warning are back with Aura! The foursome delivers another album with high class melodic metal, but what makes them stick out is Tommy Heart's voice... his vocals. The opener is the up-tempo rocker Fighting For Your Love - and you believe Heart that he's fighting for someone's love! The next in line is Here Comes The Heartache, another up-tempo rocker, but this time much lighter... Not full of happiness, but without a sad note. With Hey Girl they slow down and offer a semi-acoustic ballad. Tommy Heart saves the song from becoming just another cheesy ballad. Btw, towards the end Helge Engelke adds a great, emotional solo. But talking about these guys' skills would be like carrying coals to Newcastle! After the mid-paced Falling they easy up again and present another balladesque tune - Holding On. This time with a melancholy touch. The guitar at Someday reminds me of some other tune... It's on the tip of my tongue... Anyway, then the song changes a bit, they add a symphonic touch and then go full force into this symphonic rocker. With Station To Station they come closer to the end... Well, the end of the regular edition. The digi-pack has Falling Reprise as a lead out. There is also another bonus track and a video clip - a Making Of...
The songs offer everything from balladesque ones to fast rockers, all well played, too. What I miss is a real ear catcher... A song, a hook which haunts you... But still a more then decent album and interesting for all their fans as well as fans of melodic metal.

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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