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Jeff Scott Soto: Lost In The Translation

Genre: Metal
Label: Frontiers Records

Jeff Scott Soto
's new release Lost In The Translation reeks of eighties hair metal, reeks of uncreative Iron Maiden rip-offs, reeks of everything that is wrong with metal today. "Believe In Me" starts the album off with something of a Van Halen-esque riff ... not especially fast and not especially catchy or impressive. The lyrics seem to be somewhere between hair-metal balladry and Creed(?). The faint religious overtones and frequent references to our souls seems like Soto is a religious man but is afraid to really let us know.

All manner of hard rock riffs seem to get touched on this, but only in a derivative way. "Soul Divine" again sounds like Van Halen, whereas "Drowning" has a grungy, Stone Temple Pilots feel to it. "If This Is The End's" acoustic beginning is reminiscent of Dream Theater and "Find Our Way" seems to have the exact same guitar tone as Coheed And Cambria. Soto is certainly varied in the rock that he sounds like, but never comes close to any of their greatness.

Soto has a classic cheesy eighties-metal voice; a little research turns up he used to sing for Yngwie Malmsteen's band (and everyone knows you don't listen to Malmsteen for the vocals). Soto doesn't get any more credence with his cheesy Journey throw-off lyrics like "Take me to the highest mountain/Take me in your arms/'Caus it's high time, not by time/To rise again..." from "High Time." This album is pretty worthless.

Added: July 28th 2006
Reviewer: Simon Burger
Related Link: Visit Jeff Scott Soto Online
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