Josh Ramos had recorded two fantastic AOR-albums with The Storm in the past. He was also involved in the Two Fires albums that in my opinion was two average albums. Then he joined Hardline and did the "II" album that was OK but nothing more. So now he?s back with his own band Ramos and this is a step forward from the Two Fires albums. "Living In The Night" is standard Journey-esque AOR with touch of melodic rock but this is better than Two Fires but don?t reach the same level as The Storm.
One thing that gives this album a more unique sound is the singer Mark Weitz(Eyes). Like many other Journey sounding acts they have a Steve Perry sounding vocalist but Mark has not that and gives this album a good sound. It?s great to have Mark Weitz back on track because he has a strong and powerful voice with great feeling. Opening and title track "Living In The Night" opens the album is a Journey "Arrival" way. Josh delivers nice Neal Schon sounding guitarriffs and the chorus is very good. One of the strongest songs of the album. "The Dream Is Alive" is a great Journey sounding ballad. "Come Back To Me" starts off with Survivor keyboards back turns out to a Journey rocker with a average chorus. "Love Is The Magic" is another strong ballad. This song reminds of Steelhouse Lane and Mark sounding similar to Keith Slack. This is a good album but this is nothing new under the sun and we have heard this many times before. But this is done much better than many albums out there. So if you?re into the standard AOR stuff then you can check out this nice effort from Mr. Ramos and co that stands somewhere between Two Fires and The Storm. It has been produced by Kelly Hansen(Hurricane) with an OK result.