C.T.P. (Christian Tolle Project) – Now & Then (2016) ♪♪♪♪♪ ♪♪♪♪
Review by Uwe Reith
Release date: 7th of October 2016
In my book, too many of today’s AOR/Melodic Rock releases aren’t musical revelations anymore. Most of them seem to not be able to reach anywhere near the greatness of reference albums from the 80s and 90s because of predictable cliches. Beyond that, when nothing else helps, a ‚universal remedy‘ called ‚namedropping‘ comes into play in order to promote record sales. In the earlier days, it might have made sense, but that golden era of ‚credits‘ is definitely over. And by the way, it did not always improve the compositions. What really counts at the end of the day is that it’s all about awesome songs and their presentation. Cologne native guitarist/producer/composer Christian Tolle’s new release ‚Now & Then‘ (label: Fastball Music) indeed shows proof that Melodic Rock, even today, has a future to succeed. His serenity and focus is based on stunning songs as well as a clever selection of seasoned musicians, superior musicianship, and awesome performances. So let’s get down to brass tacks right away; Christian knows the ropes exactly. It’s no mystery that the theme of the album is dominated by melodic, hard tunes which help the album by providing a sharply defined profile. His songs, being already released on some of his earlier albums, are now refreshed by real drums and new top-notch vocalists such as John Parr (St. Elmo’s Fire), Michael Voss, David Reece, John Cuijpers, Philip Bardowell and Rick Riso. Skillful guitar solos by main actor Tolle, Steve Lukather, Michael Landau, Tim Pierce and Doug Aldrich are the icing on the cake which serves the songs extraordinarily. At any time, it’s music that rules! The powerful soundscape of ‚Now & Then‘ is an ear candy as well. Dear rock music fans, look forward to the official release date on Oct. 7, 2016 and visit Christian Tolle’s website and his shop! The bottom line is that this awesome CD contrasts pleasantly with today’s usual melodic rock mishmash and absolutely worth hearing!
Rating: 9 (out of 10 ♪)
Fave songs: Back To The Moon, On And On, One Night Alone, Changed, 87 99
Musicians: Christian Tolle, Morris Adriaens, Rick Riso, John Parr, Philip Bardowell, John Cuijpers, Michael Voss, Lauren Scheff, Raymond Herveille, Steve Lukather, Michael Landau, Tim Pierce, Chuck Wright, Guido Lehmann, Pit Hupperten, Stephan Scheuss, Harold van Gestel
Website und Shop: [www.christiantolle.com]