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Forbidden Colors (MTM)

By: Geoff Melton

If Forbidden Colors had been released when bands like Foreigner and Journey were topping the charts there's no doubt they'd be just as well known. Forbidden Colors is an AOR fans dream come true, bursting with strong melodies and hooks, intensity and emotion, and solid, well-crafted songs and lyrics. Although there's not a bad cut among the twelve, the standout is "Can't Tame the Raven", an epic ballad that utilizes violin and fiddle to perfection, while "Late Night Escapades" is a hard-edged rocker that shows a new side to the band, surprisingly sound a bit Metallica-like towards the end. Definitely one of the best albums I heard in '99.
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