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27 Jul 2014 

SECRET - The End Of The Road (2014)

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SECRET is a new Melodic Rock project born in Murcia (Spain) in 2012 which are releasing their debut "The End Of The Road>" through MelodicRock Records. 
This is in fact a duo formed by vocalist Jesus Espin and multi-instrumentalist Ivan Gonzalez, both ex- 91Suite, perhaps the best Melodic Rock / AOR band ever emerged from Spain.

After a period of musical inactivity, and given the friendship between them, the pair decided to once again join forces with the idea of just to have 'a good time making music they like'. 
If you remember 91Suite they were a band characterized by an extremely polished sound and refined arrangements: well, expect the same from Secret, with an edgy, punchier approach on some tracks.
The good thing is the guys have grown as musicians over the years, and not only the songwriting is more solid, expansive, but also their playing and vocalizations, without accent traces this time.

The album’s opener "Give Up The Fight" is a blast. The track’s powerful chorus against the background of tasteful licks and splendid solo makes one of the record’s instant highlights out of it. 
"Here With Me" is another track in the similar vein, with its AOR-ish polished chorus, blistering guitar riffs and a dynamic melody with slight bluesy overtones.

Then Secret go for a more commercial, radio friendly poppy AOR with "Since I Fell For You" and its a capella, harmony vocals intro, tinkling keyboards and hooky chorus. The same approach is heard on "Just To Hear You Say", a rock&amp;pop piece that could have ended up on any of the recent Bon Jovi releases.

With these first tracks, you have Secret's formula for their debut album, and the combination works greatly. 
From here, we have solid, charming AOR-infused songs in "Bring You Down", "Trust Someone"– a real showcase of Ivan Gonzalez’s musical sensitivity as well as technical prowess on the guitar, the sweet power ballad "Wherever You Go", and the highlight, the excellent keyboard / guitar laden "Peace Of Mind".
All the aforementioned cuts are balanced by more direct, catchy melodic rock numbers such as "Out Of My Life" which reminds me 91Suite's debut, or "Bring You Down", quite hard rock oriented driven by groovy riffs.

Many of us have been missing 91Suite for many years, but don't worry, with "The End Of The Road", Secret filled the gap with an even augmented quality.
Great songs, catchy melodies, and wonderful vocal harmonies are the rule through the 12 songs featured on this debut. Gonzalez's instrumentation is impeccable, especially his splendid guitar work, all wrapped by a crystal clear production.
A high quality Melodic Rock / AOR product to enjoy this summer.
Highly Recommended.


01. Give Up The Fight
02. Here With Me
03. Since I Fell For You
04. Just To Hear You Say
05. Bring You Down
06. Out Of My Life
07. Wherever You Go
08. Trust Someone
09. Piece Of Mind
10. When You Really Love Someone
11. Angeline
12. I Believe In Love

Jesus Espin – lead vocals, backing vocals
Ivan Gonzalez – guitars, bass, drums, keyboards
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