PelleK – Oceans Of Opportunity
PelleK – Oceans of Opportunity (2013)
Reviewed by Mark Nagy
For everyone who has ever had one of their favorite songs ruined by an awful PelleK cover: you are probably owed an apology. While Oceans Of Opportunity is not that apology, it is at least progress in the right direction for the young singer. While his previous album was mostly mid-tempo, uninspired power metal-imitation drivel, Oceans Of Opportunity shows maturation in the songwriting process, as well as a wealth of catchy choruses.
For those who are not familiar with PelleK and are wondering why I’m talking about him like he matters, the most fair thing I can say is: he probably doesn’t. PelleK’s rise to fame was mostly due to him being a ‘you tube sensation’ that was willing to cover a large range of songs from varying genres. Some of them were good, most of them weren’t, and a few were awful, but the videos did show off his rather substantial range, and showed that he had a lot of potential. For those of us willing to get over such atrocities as his “Hunting High And Low” cover, it’s a relief to see that potential begin to be realized.
Admittedly, Oceans Of Opportunity doesn’t exactly crack any ceilings. “Northern Wayfarer” is a pretty solid song, but the title of the song is repeated about eighty times too many. The album’s final track, “The Last Journey” clocks in at almost ten minutes, but I’m not exactly convinced that longer epics are PelleK’s forte. This is flower metal of the cheesiest variety, and whether or not that’s supposed to be an insult to power metal, it’s a fair descriptor of the album.
This work’s strengths tend to be vocal melodies and the rather robust piano presence on many of the songs. PelleK’s vocals are distinctive, and while he’s corrected a lot of his singing sins of the past (overtly breathy singing, attempts to growl where they don’t belong, and an attitude that screams ‘diva’), he’s still a little too enamored with himself, and that comes through in the songs. His vibrato is painful at times, and I’d like to see just a bit more instrumental presence to achieve just one fully rounded song.
All in all though, it’s a worthwhile listen from an artist who hasn’t produced nearly enough of that to justify his fame. If you’ve just heard of PelleK, start here, and don’t go any further back.
3.0 // 5