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Lionville: II

West Coast melodies the Mediterranean way.

Essentially a vehicle for Italian singer/multi-musician Stefano Lionetti, Lionville came out of nowhere to register one of 2011’s definitive melodic releases with a self-titled debut that snaffled the talents of the cream of the European scene.

Most of these names, notably the excellent Lars Såfsund from Work Of Art on vocals and guitarist Bruce Gaitsch (Richard Marx, Chicago), return for a follow-up that echoes and equals Lionvillle’s introductory statement.

The breezy All We Need kick-starts things persuasively. English may not be Lionetti’s native tongue but where used on two songs, his pipes betray no accent and the album’s lyrics embrace all of the genre’s now mandatory mid-Atlantic clichés.

However, consistency and quality are Lionville’s watchwords, and whoever suggested the transposition of Waiting For A Star To Fall – a hit for the American duo Boy Meets Girl – into swoon-inducing AOR territory deserves a large drink.

Dave Ling was a co-founder of Classic Rock magazine. His words have appeared in a variety of music publications, including RAW, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog, Rock Candy, Fireworks and Sounds. Dave’s life was shaped in 1974 through the purchase of a copy of Sweet’s album ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, along with early gig experiences from Status Quo, Rush, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Yes and Queen. As a lifelong season ticket holder of Crystal Palace FC, he is completely incapable of uttering the word ‘Br***ton’.