PJ Rautiainen - 2010 - Secret Isle
1. Secret Isle
2. Falling For You
3. Everytime When It Rains
4. Hey Brother
5. Show Me The Way
7. This Burden
9. Road Song
10. I Shout
11. Promise You
PJ Rautiainen is coming out of Finland and he just released his first solo album "Secret Isle" independently.
PJ (Pekka) sang on 2 excellent Melodic Rock albums with the band House Of Mirrors throughout the 2000s, but left that band to start a solo career, which now resulted in a full-length debut album.
Rautiainen offers high quality hookladen Westcoast/lite AOR in the best early '80s L.A. tradition, much like David Roberts, Mark Spiro, Joe Pizzulo, Jay Gruska, Time Gallery, Toto (first albums) and a Melodic Rock side where Urban Tale, Crossfade and Heartplay come to mind, while Chicago and even some Dakota similarities can be heard here and there.
The record opens with "Secret Isle", Which is a wonderful WC/AOR song with beautiful melodies and a strong chorus.
"Falling For You" is reminiscent of Chicago mixed with Toto, soft and easy listening.
"Every Time When It Rains" is a light-weight rocker, again, strongly influenced by Toto, featuring an effective AOR chorus.
"This Burden" is an awesome mid-tempo song that has Journey influences written all over it, and makes me think of Mark Spiro's best moments.
I got a smirk on my face when listening to the saxophone playing loudly on "Hey Brother", it felt like listening to some classic stuff from Hall & Oates, seriously.
The bluesy, laidback ballad "Show Me The Way" adds a touch of class to the record and PJ’s vocals are more up in the mix here than on the other tracks.
The intro of "Burning" reminds me a bit of Stevie Wonder's 'Superstition'. A soulful tune, very very groovy.
There's also some songs in the vein of mid-'80s rock & pop acts (like "Promise You", sounding a lot like Christopher Cross), not strictly AOR/Westcoast, but with a high level of musicianship and quality.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 01 December 2010 09:18)