Sound — 10
We all know take vocalist Jeff Scott Soto has been going strong since the early-mid 80s since his debut with Yngwie Malmsteen's "Rising Force" in 1985. His new album "Danger Zone" which was released this past Friday captures the very best of Soto. This album has a more early 90s feel to it sounding like a album from "Night Ranger" or "Giant". The quality of the album is great capturing every member just right. No one is louder or quieter than anyone else. The album's title track "Damage Control" is one of the heavier songs on the album, but don't let the fact of Soto going for a lighter more mainstream path with this album than normal turn you away from this album. The music was put together perfectly, the solos are great and with summer on it's way this is definitely an album you HAVE to get for cruising or just hanging out at the beach enjoying the heat and working on the tan. The song "Tears That I Cry" is also one of the heavier songs and probably the best song on the album. When the chorus hits the band singing behind Soto and how the music for the song was composed marries together just right and it couldn't of been put together any better. The solo for the song is also killer and this will probably be the favorite of most Soto fans who hear the album.
Lyrics — 10
Listening to this album then going back and listening to the songs Soto did for the 2001 movie "Rockstar" about the metal gods of Judas Priest and even first album with Yngwie Malmsteen 1985's "Marching Out" it's definitely clear time has been extremely good to his voice. Soto is sounding just as good and basically the same as he did in the 80s and you can't ask for anything better. You can tell with writing this album he went deep inside and wrote the lyrics on a personal note. The lyrics might not have been written about himself, but it's obvious it was coming from the heart as the lyrics are very powerful and contain a lot of meaning.
Overall Impression — 10
This is just another killer album from another killer singer and is what I was expecting and wanted to hear from Soto 100%. If you've been a big fan of Soto since the 80s or you're like myself being born after and have discovered Soto out on your own and becoming a big fan that way you will not be disappointed. After listening to this it's obvious that Jeff Scott Soto still has a lot power, meaning, and energy to give and share with his fans and this album shows he still has it and isn't going away anytime soon. Thanks Jeff Scott Soto for another masterpiece and keep on rocking.