At the same time as Frontiers released the new Jeff Scott Soto "Beautiful Mess", they have released his previous 2 albums Lost In The Translation and Prism as Luxury Package Reissues with bonus tracks. So here is my early review of Lost in the translation (2004) + some words about the bonus tracks.
Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, Eyes, Takara, Malmsteen) returns with a new strong solo album that is a step forward from his last solo album "Prism". This new one is melodic hardrock with touches of AOR from the start to end with a great mixture of rockers and ballads. These days when you see Jeff’s name on a record it means quality stuff and "Lost In The Translation" is a strong album indeed. I have to say that this is his best work since the days of Eyes. He has got help from Mr. Journey- Neal Schon himself and you could hear their collaboration on the "Believe In Me" EP earlier this summer. You can hear on "Believe In Me" that Neal has been involved because it sounds a lot like a Journey rocker with and could have been taken from "Arrival” album and the riffs are awesome and typical stuff from Neal Schon, classic stuff. This must be one of the best songs Jeff has done for a long time. The chorus is fantastic with brilliant harmony vocals. Let’s hope Journey can return with these kind of songs for the next album.
"Soul Divine" is a step towards Talisman with crunchy guitars and a strong chorus-a typical Soto song. The heaviest tracks on the album are the hardrockin "Drowning" and "On My Own" that takes your for a ride so fasten your seatbelts. The guitarriffs are heavy as hell and the chorus is melodic with a mixture of Talisman and Takara at their best. The ballads on the album are high quality stuff and the first one up is the Journey sounding "If This Is The End" with a lovely chorus and the 2nd one has great background vocals. Do I have to say that Jeff sings like a GOD? "Lost In The Translation" is the "Humanimal" era of Talisman all the way with a catchy chorus and heavy melodic crunchy guitarriffs. "High Time" is a straight ahead rocker with a AORish chorus with high quality harmonies. 2nd ballad on the album is the pianoballad "Beginning 2 End". A strong one that has strong background vocals in the chorus and is as good as the first ballad.
There is also a bonus track called "Dulce Lady" plus "If This Is The End" as a bonus video track. Jeff has done it again and recorded a brilliant strong soloalbum that I must say is his best work for a long time and who needs Talisman when Jeff brings us high quality stuff by himself. It’s also great to hear that Neal Schon still can write up-tempo rockers.
The bonus tracks suits very well for this album sound wise but they don’t lift up this album and feels more like leftovers. Turned The Page was a bonus track for the Japanese version of the album and is a good rocker a´la Talisman and their album Genesis. As I Do 2 U is an Ok ballad, nothing more. This Ain´t The Love is a soulful ballad with nice harmonies in the chorus, a song that don’t lift. The album ends with an acoustic version of Soul Devine. So if you have the first version of this album I don’t think these 5 bonus tracks are strong enough to buy this reissue if your not a die-hard fan of Jeff.