Artist: Seventh Key
Will Survive' is the much-anticipated third album from Billy Greer and
Mike Slamer’s Seventh Key, once again the pair have come up with a
truly magical release with the help of Chet Wynd on drums, that mixes so
many elements that you're forever finding new elements that make you
come back to this album time and time again.
the off Greer brings in that Streets / Kansas vocal might to the mix,
with the fantastic title track ‘I Will Survive’. A great taste
of what’s come from the rest of the album and you shortly forget it's
been nearly nine years since their last studio album 'The Raging
album's high quality continues with the bass driven hard rocker ’Lay
It On The Line’, this one brings together all the great elements of
the three main protagonists into one quite superb slice of melody driven
tempo is brought down a touch with the ballad ‘I See You There’,
before being brought back up big style with the excellent ‘It's Just A
State Of Mind’, another great melody rich rocker to really get your
teeth into. Imagine Kansas with a bit more edge.
back to the ballads for the haunting almost folkish elements of ‘Sea
Of Dreams’, a song that wouldn’t go amiss on any Fairport Convention
album, with its soaring violins courtesy of David Ragsdale, before
returning to the traditional melodic rock sound for AOR infused ‘Time
And Time Again’.
tempo is picked up once again with ‘When Love Sets You Free’ and the
modern rocker ‘Down’, before the more traditional tone of ‘The
Only One, then it's time for an old school power ballad with ‘What
Love’s Supposed To Be’. Before the album comes to a close we
go out on a high with ‘I Want It All‘, a real mix of Prog elements
that drive this one and rounds off a well rounded album that may have
been some nine years coming, but one that's sure been worth the wait.
by: Barry McMinn
1. I Will Survive
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