The history of rock is full of misconceptions. We all heard that popular one: rock music is loud and dangerous, it's the devil's music. But doesn't everybody know at least one beautiful song by a rock band? Even if you are not attending the mighty School of Rock, you know one of those bloody emotional moments when the lead guitar sings its way through the solo and the chorus comes back while you are flying on the wings of heaven. Or something else. We all need a little bit of silence sometimes, just to stop from being part of this crazy world we live in.
One of the finest moments on Axel Rudi Pell's new ballad compilation is the new song "On The Edge Of Our Time," being one of the best ballads he's ever written to date. But the climax of The Ballads V is without a doubt the fascinating new cut "Love‘s Holding On" where singer Johnny Gioeli is joined by the great Bonnie Tyler. There are eight more stellar numbers here including takes on Neil Young's "Hey Hey My My" and Deep Purple's "Mistreated" plus two live cuts which put the finishing touches on yet another classic, dynamic and high-quality Axel Rudi Pell album.
As one fan once aptly said: "If there was justice in the music business, your ballads would be as big as the Scorpions."