Handful of Rain
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Digitally remastered and expanded edition. Originally released in 1994, Handful of Rain, the bands ninth studio album, was the first album after Criss Oliva's death, written by Jon Oliva and Paul O'Neill. The album features the song 'Chance' which was the first Savatage song to contain the usage of counterpoint vocals, a style which they continued to use on following albums. The album's final track, 'Alone You Breathe', was a tribute to Criss Oliva. Ear Music.
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Initially, I didn't expect too much from this album being it was the first release since the death of the original guitar player. But after listening to it numerous times, I have to say this ranks as one of my favorite of Savatage's albums.
Handful of Rain truly demonstrates the raw talent of Jon Oliva's writing ability and his diverse talent of being able to play multiple instruments (being Jon played most of the instruments on this album). Along with this, the solo ripping Alex Skolnick (my all time favorite) was brought in to lay down the guitar tracks and add solos parallel to that of Chris Oliva . Jon couldn't have made a better choice. Also, the power house Zach Stevens was back to lead the charge on vocals, which sounds as great as ever.
This album is a great mix of hard rock, bluesy power ballads and orchestra/ opera influenced songs- the signature of all Savatage albums. The writing, vocals and the guitar work truly make this one of Savatage's best. Whether a big fan of Savatage or not, I have no doubt that you will appreciate this album. One word of caution: Secure yourself in a chair before playing the first song "Taunting Cobras" due to the strong possibility that it just might knock you on your ass. Enjoy!!!
It's very good, but it's just not quite as memorable as "EOT". One thing this CD does do, is it brings out many emotions. It's very sad, and very touching at times. The only problem with this is that nothing really stands out. It's solid, it's just not as heavy as I would prefer....
Those of you who enjoy the more "generic style" new Savatage, will enjoy this. I personally prefer the older stuff....