Cornerstone – 2011 - Somewhere in America
02. Rise and shine
03. Breathing for you
04. Right or wrong
05. Like a stranger
06. Follow you,follow me
07. Being unaware
09. High and low
Cornerstone (don't mistake this band with Sweden's Cornerstone) can be described as Pop rock and Indie with a big dose of AOR, big guitars and big vocals, destined for US Airplay.
Austria may be known as the classical music capital of the world, but make no mistake, Cornerstone is here to rock.
The band signed to the USbased label ATOM Records in 2008 and that same year released their debut album “Head Over Heels”.
After the CD release, the band did numerous tours of Europe and America. Cornerstone was able to do a mixture of headlining club shows and sharing larger stages with acts such as John Waite (Babys, Bad English), Iron Maiden„s Dennis Stratton, Ted Poley from Danger, Danger and American singer songwriter Jeffrey Gaines, just to name a few.
They also participated in the UK based Z Rock Festival in 2009. Some of the songs from “Head Over Heels” were included in the motion-picture soundtrack for the film „Little Alien,“ which was shown in cinema and will be on television in the near future.
The band focus on the melodies, not that much on catchy choruses but more on the verses and other melodies. I think poppy rock music is a very good description here.
The female vocalist Patricia has a very powerful voice and has a lot of character in her singing. I would say that she along with the catchy melodies is the thing you will notice from the album.
"Stay" opens the album and has a really nice rif a solid rhythm and Patricia Hillinger's passionate vocal lines.
"Rise And Shine" has a 'modern' vibe in it but it's an overall good track.
"Breathing For You" is simple brilliant. It's a mellower tune with a nice melody and reminds me a bit the 80's Pop-Rock band's such as Fleetwood Mac. A superb track.
"Right Or Wrong" continues in the mid-tempo rhythm. Another excellent sample from "Somewhere In America". Patricia Hillinger's really shines on this one!
In "Like A Stranger" the tempo gets harder this time. A nice track with a solid hook and chorus line.
"Follow You, Follow Me" is a very good 'modern' rock track while "Being Unaware" is my personal favourite from this album.
A killer rock song and the perfect track to drive in an open high-way with the volume on 10.
"Oblivious" is an average track, "High And Low" has a really nice chorus and an up-tempo rhythm and "Strut" is one of the album's highlights!
It's a rock album full of great tracks! Nice melodies, great vocal lines a tight musicianship and a solid production.
I would recommend this album to those who like 80's Pop-Rock music with a harder edge.
Patricia Hillinger - Vocals
Michael Wachelhofer - Bass, Keyboards and Vocals
Steve Wachelhofer - Guitars and Vocals
Mike Pawlowitsch - Drums and Percussion