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Soul SirkUS


World Play

Year: 2005
Format: CD
Label: Frontiers
Genre: [Melodic Hard Rock]
Overall Rating: 8.5
Music: 8.5
Production: 8.5

The band of the year (2004), Soul SirkUS, is a real all-star group - the band consists of Jeff Scott Soto, Neal Schon, Marco Mendoza and Virgil Donati. As one may expect, the outcome of these talented musicians presents melodic hard rock that is both diverse yet memorable. Titled as "Worldplay", their debut album contains both harder straightforward rock tunes and laid-back melodic ballads. In addition, there's some experimental playing included on this album as well. By the way, Soul SirkUS is actually Planet Us, but the band needed a change of name since only one original member is left (namely Neal Schon).

Although the overall quality of material on "Worldplay" is of rather high standard, not all of the songs are as successful as one would expect. Nonetheless, the majority of compositions are great, and thus this is an album that appeals to listeners so much that it'll find its way to the CD players on a regular basis. The emotional playing of the Journey guitarist Neal Schon as well as Virgil Donati's (Steve Vai, Ring of Fire) and Marco Mendoza's (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) groovy rhythms back up Jeff Scott Soto's (Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen) vocal performance seamlessly, and actually all the performances on this album are flawless (which only shows how proficient these guys are).

The production of Worlplay was skilfully handled by Jeff Scott Soto and Neal Schon. All the recordings are clean yet atmospheric, and the sounds have been mixed to good effect. However, there are some small details that could have been further honed.

Soul SirkUS is a band worth checking out, in case one listens to melodic rock. World Play is an album full of memorable and refreshing rock songs that are just a delight to listen to. In addition to the album itself, this release contains a bonus DVD, which unfortunately has been excluded from the promotional copy. So you'll definitely get your money's worth on this release.

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- MAGE (May 9th, 2005)


Soto, Jeff Scott: Vocals
Schon, Neal: Guitar
Mendoza, Marco: Bass
Donati, Virgil: Drums
Producer: Soto, Jeff Scott & Schon, Neal
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Unavailable
Soul SirkUS - World Play  CD  Cover Image
01. World Play
02. Highest Ground
03. New Position
04. Another World
05. Soul Goes on
06. Alive (Bonus Track)
07. Periled Divide
08. Peephole
09. Abailar to' Mundo (Bonus Track)
10. Friends to Lovers
11. Praise
12. My Sanctuary
13. Coming Home
14. My Love, My Friend (Bonus Track)
15. Close the Door
16. (silence)
17. (silence)
18. James Brown (Bonus Track)

Length: 72:49
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