Review by Paul Monkhouse for MPM
With a massively impressive pedigree each, you would have thought that neither Adrian Smith nor Ritchie Kotzen had anything more to prove.
The latest release in their Smith / Kotzen project shows that both have so much more to say and do, both seemingly having an absolute ball whilst doing it.
Tapping into their love of bluesy hard rock, ‘Solar Fire’ is a melody packed heavy hitter that brings the two talents into sharp light, each being allowed to truly shine. Seamlessly matched, the vocals and guitar work of both Smith and Kotzen are hugely impressive, the dazzling fretwork being equaled by their raw and gutsy voices.
Harking back to the classic era of 70’s bands like Bad Company at their heaviest, ‘Solar Fire’ is another winner from the duo and a very worthy addition to the collection of anyone who loves classy and ballsy hard rock. Let’s hope we get to see the two on tour together at some point.
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