TOKYO STORM

Review by Dmitry M. Epstein



Tokyo Storm Album Review by Dmitry M. Epstein

TOKYO STORM - 'OPTIMISTIC STATE OF MIND'
(Independent) AOR


A cracking set of melodic rock songs that would grace any AOR lovers collection.

***2/3 Dmitry M. Epstein



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Review by Dave Crompton
FIREWORKS Magazine Issue 83

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TOKYO STORM - 'OPTIMISTIC STATE OF MIND'
(Independent) AOR


By the time you've absorbed the opening troika of the up-tempo title track, balladic 'Is This Love' and uplifting 'Tune' you will appreciate exactly what this group of musicians are all about;

Dave Crompton



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Review by Dean Buckley
chesyrockreviews.com

AOR is dead! They say not if Tokyo Storm, a new Midlands based rock quartet have got anything to say about it. I say, don't get me wrong here, its not reinventing the wheel or it isn't anything you've heard before; it is however like an old pair of slippers - familiar, comforting to listen to and dare I say it warming for the soul. The opening track sets the tone for the album and as titled even for a jaded old Melodic rock listener like myself leaves me in an 'Optimistic State Of Mind', (see what I did there). A delightful mixture of mid paced rockers, The likes of 'Is This Love' with a great vocal performance from Ben Green, or the tasteful power ballad 'Stormy Nights' (the woman who slept with Donald Trump) with some nifty fretwork from guitarist Joe Bartnicki. The rhythm section of Jason Edwards and Bob Peach keep the whole record positively bouncing along. A personal favorite is the delightful 'Silent Obsession'. Comparisons I'll leave to others, but what I will say is that Tokyo Storm have a classic Brit AOR sound think along the lines of Lost Weekend or Iconic Eye for example, all the songs are self penned originals, and the craftsmanship for a new band is top notch. The production is quality, leaving the listener to enjoy a warm rich sound that suits the Melodic fare on offer. However I offer a word of warning....avoid the last track the 11 minute instrumental 'Signals'. I can only assume writers block had set in by this point and honestly it's a damn shame such a great album should end in this way. The track is about as welcome as a fart in a lift ....Don't let that however put you off what is a nice addition to the UK ranks of AOR/ Melodic rock bands .


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Paul Chesworth


www.needleinthegroove.co.uk


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Tokyo Storm - 'Optimistic State Of Mind'

A cracking set of melodic rock songs that would grace any AOR lovers collection.

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Richard Wall, Sonic Bandwagon and
Author of the novel, Fat Man Blues

Tokyo Storm Album Review by Richard Wall

Congratulations on your album,
it's a quality product and you all should be proud of it. For those of a certain age, the very mention of AOR (Adult Oriented Rock) brings back memories of 1980s MTV Rock Videos featuring a skinny, spandex-clad guitar hero atop a butte in Monument Valley at sunset, waist-length hair flowing in the wind as a helicopter appears behind him (there was always a helicopter in MTV rock videos). The 1980s was its heyday and AOR bands such as Toto, Foreigner, Journey, Asia and Yes (the Trevor Horn version) ruled the airwaves and TV screens until, inevitably, music trends changed and AOR sank without a trace. Well now it's back. The standard of songwriting, musicianship, and production has resulted in a polished and professional-sounding debut collection, of which the band ought to be proud. Tokyo Storm are here to stay and have the chops to go on to bigger and better things. Can they resurrect AOR? With an optimistic state of mind, I rather think they can.


Richard Wall
richardwall.org

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By Keith James Sinclair
ELO Beatles Forever



Tokyo Storm Album Review by Richard Wall

The likes of Frontiers, SPV, Angel Air and Cherry Red would do well to sit up and take notice. A Tokyo Storm is coming


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