I remember that I discovered Find Me quite by accident at the house of a friend of mine and I was so much impressed by Robbie LaBlanc’s sensational voice but most importantly by the catchy and memorable songs that comprised the debut album “Wings Of Love”. So, the news of the imminent release of the sophomore effort rightfully created high hopes and expectations. And luckily for every melodic fan around the world, “Dark Angel” lives up to every expectation although I must say that this second effort by Find Me is a little bit inferior to its predecessor.
“Dark Angel” includes songs that revolve around the same vein as “Wings of Love” and has a lot in common with various other releases by Frontiers like “Never Too Late” (Jimi Jamison) or “Risk Everything” (Peterik/Scherer). I’d say that it’s quite a similar atmosphere and the main differential point here is the magnificent LaBlanc’s voice accompanied by an arsenal of well-worked AOR anthems.
“Nowhere To Hide”, “Forever” and the cover version of “I’m Free” (by Kenny Logins; a song that was originally released in the soundtrack of “Footloose”) are the stand out moments of a really good album. I am certain that all the AOR aficionados around the world will enjoy this release but again I must point down that Frontiers Records should be more careful when it comes down to releasing songs by the same outside collaborators (like for instance Alessandro Del Vecchio) as the overall feeling is similar among various releases.
Highlight: Find Me played at this year’s edition of Frontiers Festival that took place in Italy.