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As any student of evolution will tell you, history's primordial ooze is riddled with missing links, a role that this Cal-bred combo seems to fill in today's musical landscape. Young and well scrubbed enough to pass for a boy band, yet angst-ridden enough to fit in with the latest round of post-Pearl Jam semi-hard rockers (take Lifehouse, for instance), the Calling create a sound that both swooning girls and regular guys can understand. On songs like "Nothing's Changed" and "Wherever You Will Go," guitars chime and beckon, then deliver just enough power-chord muscle to keep things interesting. Singer Alex Hand's voice, however, is the band's calling card (no pun intended), as he proves on jump-for-joy love songs, such as the buoyant "Unstoppable," as well as downcast observations on the flip side of l'amour, most achingly on "Could It Be Any Harder." The formula is hardly a new one -- it's been tweaked over the years by bands like the Goo Goo Dolls, Gin Blossoms, and Collective Soul -- but part of the reason it's endured is that, like potato chips, power ballads defy the listener to stop at just one. Go ahead and try.
Performance CreditsCalling Primary Artist
Ron Fair Synthesizer
Bob Glaub Bass
Paul Mirkovich Keyboards
Nate Wood Percussion,Drums
Satnam Ramgotra Percussion,Tabla
Zac Rae Organ
Technical CreditsMarc Tanner Producer
Ron Fair Executive Producer
Marc Greene Engineer
David Thoener Engineer
Frank Harkins Art Direction