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Chasing Violets - Jade Hearts Award winner

Chasing Violets
Jade Hearts
by Katarzyna Zakolska at 27 May 2013, 1:59 PM

CHASING VIOLETS are two talented sisters Sarah and Melissa Fontaine from France. After almost a year of hard work the sisters are back with a brand new album called “Jade Hearts”. This album, same like first “Outside Heaven” was produced by Frédéric Slama, an AOR fame. Once again the talented French sisters cooperated with the best musicians from the melodic Rock scene like Tommy Denander (Alice Cooper, Paul Stanley), Paul Sabu (KIDD GLOVE, ONLY CHILD), Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteem, CROSSFADE), Mikael Erlandsson (LAST AUTUMN’S DREAM), Bob Harris (AXE), members of ALIEN, HARDLINE & LIONVILLE, Christian Tolle, Eric Ragno etc. These musicians help on putting a high calibre release.

The great opener, “The Main Attraction”, is a keyboards driven track (feeling influences of VAN HALEN). Listening to it can will reveal an 80s Rock comeback, a wondrous vibe of HEART, TOTO, FOREIGNER etc, packed with great AOR riffing and ample rhythms. My totally number one of this CD is “Silent Victory” tinged with modern elements, it is still sounds rich with past memories, no doubt that these sisters can sing so well, it somewhat resembled the catchy number from the debut named “You're My Obsession”. “Halo Of Light” felt like old GENESIS, especially due to the singing style, a bit modernized but with well composed guitar riffing. “Jade Hearts” has such a catchy chorus, quite memorable, fabulous guitar riffs & loads of melodies. “Web Of Lies” has a little of the DEEP PURPLE legacy, yet more AORish and gentle.

"A Shot In The Dark” is loud shot right at the front centre, but suddenly turns sweet with gentle keyboards, the sisters getting rough singing similar to TINA TURNER. Evidently, there are energetic riffing, 80s oriented rhythms crossroad in the vein of FOREIGNER on “Hollow Triumph”. I liked the girls’ melodic decorum, so rich, as if they didn’t need any guest performances. ”Deception In Heaven” is another silent partner, slowly building up. Others worth to listen are: “Exile In Sadness” with a gorgeous AOR bass, catchy melodies like VANILLA NINJA, “The Scarlet Nymph” with a much calmer notes & gentle singing and “Secrets In The Shadows” with keyboards following the 80s al’a VAN HALEN and STILSKIN, catchiness all the way. "I Owe It to Myself” is the final chord of Rock to a great album, perfectly played rhythms and such a memorable chorus.

 “Jade Hearts” is a wonderful collection of hits following melodic Rock and AOR music entangled between the 80s and contemporary Rock. CHASING VIOLETS once again produced another great album filled with amazing singing and a melodic edge. Though being highly similar to the debut, it didn’t matter, I found to be near perfect. I expect another masterpiece shortly. 

4 Star Rating

1. The Main Attraction
2. Web Of Lies
3. A Shot In The Dark
4. Silent Victory
5. Deception In Heaven
6. Jade Hearts
7. Secrets In The Shadows
8. Hollow Triumph
9. Exile In Sadness
10. The Scarlet Nymph
11. Halo Of Light
12. I Owe It to Myself
Sarah Fontaine - Lead & Backing Vocals
Mélissa Fontaine - Lead & Backing Vocals
Frédéric Slama - Guitars & Keyboards
Tommy Denander - All Instruments
Paul Sabu - All Instruments
Göran Edman - Lead & Backing Vocals
Mikael Erlandsson - Lead & Backing Vocals
Bob Harris - Lead & Backing Vocals
Rick Riso - Lead & Backing Vocals
Christian Tolle - Guitars & Bass
David Mark Pearce - Guitars
Linkan Andersson - Guitars
Stefano Lionetti - Guitars
Mario Percudani - Guitars
Carmine Martone - Guitars
Alessandro Del Vecchio - Keyboards & Drums
Eric Ragno - Keyboards
Colin Rodgers - Keyboards
Ken Sandin - Bass
Anna Portalupi - Bass
Sacha Spiegel - Drums
Pat Thern - Drums
Record Label: AOR Records


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