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Singing and playing are professional and powerful. Production standards are excellent, making every track crystal clear. One high point, the power ballad "Landing in London," features a vocal assist from Bob Seger on a sentimental anthem to homesick love. The band shines on medium-tempo rockers with strong guitar riffs and almost-over-the-top vocal delivery.
Maximum enjoyment of SEVENTEEN DAYS requires some suspension of disbelief, as the mood is one of consistently overwrought emotion. But there's something to be said for really well-done overwrought emotion, and these guys have it nailed. The songs are appealing and accessible, exceptionally well-delivered, and occasionally tell haunting stories with poetic sophistication. Some disturbing imagery and phrasing make this more appropriate for older teens.