Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force - Odyssey (1988)
Metal | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
PolyGram 835 451-2 | rel: 1988 | 450Mb
Sure enough, just as on Trilogy, the result is a spectacular, not to mention less self-indulgent, success. With new vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (who, despite lacking the edge of previous singer Mark Boals, makes up for it with a much stronger, more confident presence) in tow, Odyssey finds Malmsteen cutting synth-laden rock tunes like “Hold On,” “Crystal Ball,” and the borderline glam metal hit “Heaven Tonight.” Considering the sheer volume of criticism against Malmsteen’s ego, his songwriting is surprisingly pure: the main riffs are solid and rarely inflated, the vocal melodies demand most of the songs’ focus, and though he always throws in a blistering solo, he confines it to a traditional bridge section rather than wanking all throughout the song.