Jeff Scott Soto‘s career spans over thirty years and what a colorful career, indeed. He was first introduced as the vocalist for guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen, before going on to front hard rock band, Talisman. Jeff was also one of the vocalists of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, lead vocalist for supergroup W.E.T and Soto, oh and it doesn’t end there; he also had a stint with Hall of Famers, Journey and the Queen Tribute, Queen Extravaganza. In between all of this, Jeff has also released five solo albums, with his latest offering Retribution being his sixth solo effort.
His new album doesn’t mess about and opens with title track “Retribution,” and it knocks your socks off. It’s melodic hard rock with a classic sound, which is infectious and structured, yet dramatic and full of angry tones that punish and inflict. “Inside Outside” is upbeat, solid and intricately woven with soaring guitars, which don’t miss a beat. It’s a very catchy track which will imbed from the inside out.
Up next is “Rage Of The Year” which rages forward and drags you along with its heavy rocking beats and plenty of attitude. It holds victorious sounds along with gritty guitars that will amaze you, make you tingle, and have your hairs standing on end before you know it. “Reign Again” follows and is melodic, beautiful, majestic and shows off so much feeling, which calls out to your soul. It reigns over with the perfect amount of groove and splashes of blues.
“Feels Like Forever” follows and is pouring with so much love. It’s stunning and soulful vocals sing out to you as you yearn for that one special person to come back. Captivating guitars make this track sparkle so bright. “Last Time” is next as it builds up and knocks you down again with its full strength. It’s a great track that holds it own and doesn’t back down. “Bullet For My Baby” is up next and is a groove-filled rock number, which will make you move so effortlessly and not want you to stop. It shows off a different side and allows Soto’s versatility to shine as it shoots through.
A “Song For Joey” slows the tempo again for this beautifully stunning piece. It’s raw, exposing, and full of true emotion. It’s perfect in every way, as its love conquers all. “Breakout” literally breakouts on this upbeat and rocking track. It powers through until the end, without any hesitation. Insatiable guitars give you an ultimate high that you’ll never want to come back down from.
“Dedicate To You” follows and is full of infectious beats and relatable lyrics, and as you lose yourself to the song, it actually feels like the song is dedicated to you. “Autumn” is full of autumnal sounds, which ride on waves and capture you, holding you tight and not wanting to let go. It’s sweet, innocent and leaves you full of hope. A perfect track to close this impressive album on.
“Retribution” has everything you want from an album; its full of character, emotion and is utterly captivating from its skin to its very soul.
It’s enchanting and completely spellbinding.