Tony Mills, singer in the slightly legendary British band SHY and these days fronting TNT, released this solo album in early 2008. “Vital designs” is a rather diverse adventure, although in a very positive way. I’ve always liked his sort of semi-clean and semi-hoarse singing and he’s just as good as ever. And when he mixes the styles you won’t get bored with this album either. Take “A Conspiracy” for example, which is a tune that makes me think of TOUR DE FORCE or ROX DIAMOND. In other songs it’s more progressive, like “Give me a reason” and “Action”. Those moments are not far from late 80’s QUEENSRYCHE but slightly more AOR, and maybe even a hint of TNT. The most surprising thing about this album however, is that a couple of songs make me think of Canadian band CINEMA FACE. That’s not a band you think of every year! But when you hear the harmony vocals in “Exclusion zone” or “Neurotic”, it’s actually close to the true crazy theatralic AOR/pomp of the aforementioned Canadians. This is a really strong CD. The production could have been better, but I’ll settle for this for now.