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Peo - Welcome to the Party

Welcome to the Party
by Craig Rider at 12 July 2016, 9:18 PM

What's up, Metal maniacs? I'm here once again to give you an insight; this time, on the Swedish solo act, performing Hard Rock, simply known as: PEO. Signed via AOR Heaven, on their 9th studio album: “Welcome to the Party”.

Who is Peo Patterson you might wonder? I have no idea. But what I do know is that the quintet simply known as: PEO, has created 9 studio albums under his name and has a passion - his latest release being: “Welcome to the Party”. Now then, if you're like me and you're probably thinking, “That’s a fairly generic album title.” You'd be right, I wasn't overly excited by this title at first glance as for sounds too simple, as well as the song titles. Don't get me wrong, from what I've listened to so far has been exquisitely enjoyable but the problem I have is, is that this album feels fairly unoriginal and left me with a “been there, done that” imagining. For sure; I appreciate such accomplishments, but when something feels too simple, one can feel a little underwhelmed by its instrumented implementations. Heck, if you know the soundtrack by the program: Saved by the Bell, this record will sound all too similar to you. (I know, that's not Metal, but nor is PEO, really.)

This quartet in question features none other than Peo Patterson who performs the remainder of all the instruments: bass and keyboards; as well as vocals, and executes everything in stunning fashion. Roger Ljunggren jams on guitars and Tony Morra on drums, who both perform exceedingly well. With all that's been said; you've got to hand it to Peo for only hiring two people, and doing the rest of the work for himself. If you're here for an extremely versatile Metal experience; “Welcome to the Party” probably isn't for you. For sure it's for everyone; but if I know Metal extremists such as myself, you'll be left with a bland expression, I'm pretty sure of that. A few songs left me thinking of JUDAS PRIEST's “Turbo” album song: “Parental Guidance” though, which gave me a good reminiscence of how cheesy and epic that album and song is. While I can't unfortunately say the same for PEO and “Welcome to the Party”, there are still some good traits here and there.

Welcome To The Party”, “The Promise” and “You've Got It Coming” begin the album with that expression I've noted; the song writing doesn't pose much excellence if I was honest and nor does its originality. Throughout; I sense a very emotional view on the lyricist, evidently profound in songs like “Coming Out”, “Break Another Heart” and “Sweet Dreams” -- while instrumentally everything sounds fine and dandy; vocally, and (for the most part) instrumentally, I can't help but feel like I've heard music like this before... and that it was made for the radio, not that that's a bad thing, but you know what radio music is like! Memorably, there is nothing to note here if I was brutally honest with you, only the fact that everything sounds kind of depressing...except for some main riffs that actually sound quite killer in terms of versatile.

Songs like “Eilene”, “It's All Coming Back To Me” and “Love A Woman”, while catchy, all share similar emotion to previous songs which can feel a little off putting to me. Maybe I'm being too harsh but I have to be honest; and then the album ends on a heavier note with the equally catchy tracks: “The Apple of Temptation” and “Dangerous” which definitely put a heavier upbeat tone, and ends the album in decent fashion.

While I honestly can't praise this album as much as I should; I can at least appreciate its intentions, the only consistently driven eruption I could find were the sound production, riffs and decently pitched vocals. Other than that...”Welcome to the Party” is certainly nothing special and definitely needs more work on originality sense. Memorably; I felt that it was an obvious record too. Not entirely worth wasting your time on if I was brutally honest with you.

Songwriting: 5
Memorability: 5
Originality: 5
Sound Production: 8

3 Star Rating

1. Welcome to the Party
2. The Promise
3. You've got It Coming
4. Coming Out
5. Break another Heart
6. Sweet Dreams
7. Eilene
8. It's All Coming Back To Me
9. Love a Woman
10. The Apple of Temptation
11. Dangerous
Peo Pettersson - Vocals/Bass/Keyboards
Roger Ljunggren - Guitars
Tony Morra - Drums
Record Label: AOR Heaven


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