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Baptism By Fire


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  • Audio CD (April 8, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Locomotive Spain
  • ASIN: B0014DC0FA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,183 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Let Him Go
2. Right Heart, Wrong Time
3. Silver Lining
4. Crossing Over
5. Written In Stone
6. My Saving Grace
7. Baptism By Fire
8. Can't Get Enough
9. Never Try To Love Again
10. Dead End
11. Keep a Light On
12. Left With Nothing

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Tommy Denander has created another excellent album of melodic rock songs with an edge.
Michael
In terms of guitar playing he's not very flashy but he plays short, very well builded solos.
Jazzcat
I hate to say it but I like this album just as well as some of my older steve perry albums.
R. Davidson

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael on September 30, 2007
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Well, here we go again. Tommy Denander has created another excellent album of melodic rock songs with an edge. His awesome and clear production style is intact along with all the great guitar playing we have come to expect. The vocals by Frederikson are also very smooth and powerful giving the whole album that melodic touch reminiscent of his work on Toto's "Isolation" album. All the songs have sing-along potential which is always important in any melodic rock release! Fans of Toto's early work will be in melodic rock heaven while new fans will love the technical guitar work on show and the tight production used by Denander. Highly recommended to fans of this genre and definitely one of the best albums this year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jazzcat on March 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is a very strong album produced by two very talented artists. Fergie Frederiksen best known to public for his presence on the Isolation album by Toto and Tommy Denander from Radioactive. The music on Baptism by fire is an inspired AOR in the Journey vein, not very distinctive to be honest, but with strong melodic hooks, and this in the genre, is exactly what is required. Originality in the genre is very difficult to achieve after decades of splendid jobs by a lot of very talented bands (Journey, Toto and many more), so I think that if an album has strong songs and interesting melodies, if it has fine, coherent and interesting arrangements and if it has talented musicians involved, I think it has the numbers to be big. This is the case. Fergie Fredriksen sings here in a very convincing way, with a strong melodic voice that is perfect for these songs. Denander is a talented guitarist, writer and arranger and here he gives prove of his streghts. In terms of guitar playing he's not very flashy but he plays short, very well builded solos. The album is full of very famous guests that helps the guys here and there. The only complaint for me is that here and there you can hear reminiscences of other melodies you knew through other albums by other bands, as I told you, originality is not the key word here (for instance, the opener sounds very similar to "The final countdown" by Europe here and there). But some songs are extremely well crafted and their melodies stuck in your mind and aren't comin' out very easily. I'm talking about "Right heart, wrong time" (wonderful!!), "Crossing over" (very similar to a beautiful song in a Steve Perry album, can't remember the title right now), "Baptism by fire", "Never try to love again", "Can't get enough". The album as a whole sounds very coeherent from the beginning to the end and it still manages to maintain the interest high. All in all a very beautiful release that keeps the AOR flame alive! Very happy to own it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cherie on October 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
A terrific album! Fergie and Denander have great talent and I very much enjoy their work, love it. The vocals are outstanding, of course, it's Fergie! The instrumentalists are great. What else can I say. When it's Fergie/Denander the work is guaranteed to be great!
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By R. Davidson on July 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
first being a huge Journey fan, it is awesome to hear such an awesome fresh album put together. I hate to say it but I like this album just as well as some of my older steve perry albums. Blasmphey I know, but hey Steve has nothing fresh out there.

The vocals and guitar solo playing are up there with some of the top artist. It is sad that people purchase albums now days based on popularity instead of true talent because if people purchase things on talent. This one would be right up there with some of the top artist. I guess fergie need to milli vanilla a great looking beauty queen to get some noriety. I mean if carrie underwood looked like fergie, then she should would not sell a single album. But hey true artist are not always looking like models.

I love fergie vocals, and the guitarist is awesome. Some really great vocals, and some great harmonies. To much of my surprise, I have listened to the entire album several times and so far am still not tired of it. I hope another album is possible.
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"Baptism by Fire" is the melodic hard rock joined effort between renowned Swedish guitarist/songwriter Tommy Denander and the former voice of "Toto" Fergie Frederiksen, originally released in 2007. Beyond guitars Denander handles keyboards and bass while drums are contributed by Eric Daniel.

Tommy has been a much sought after session musician both as a songwriter and guitarist, having contributed ideas and performances to some of the recent highlights of "Frontiers Records". So fans of the genre should rest assured that "Baptism by Fire" will hold its own within the genre. Fergie proves every bit the charismatic AOR vocalist delivering the appropriate tone and mood on each and every song on "Baptism by Fire" with particular standouts as the opener "Let him go", "My Saving Grace", "Keep a light on", "Dead end" and the title track.

"Baptism by Fire" is essentially guitar driven melodic hard rock, very much in the style of Denander's previous works featuring thick riffs, melodic solos and memorable choruses. The keyboards are also consistently present on the album, though mostly complementing the compositions by adding rather modern sounds to the arrangements.Overall "Baptism by Fire" is another stellar melodic hard rock partnership that should satisfy any long term fan of the genre, particularly those who have followed the respective works of the two musicians over the years.
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