After achieving regional success with their first three records, Danish rockers Pretty Maids released Future World. Fueled by constant airplay on MTV's Headbanger's Ball and fresh off of a Scandinavian tour with Black Sabbath, the band finally had a record that connected with American audiences. Future World falls into some of the same traps that have ensnared past metal bands taking a detour into pop, as in "We Came to Rock," a diluted facsimile of Ronnie James Dio's superb "We Rock." However, the blistering title track boasts a killer guitar riff, a driving rhythm section, and lead vocalist Ronnie Atkins' full-throated Klaus Meine-like snarl. Keyboardist Alan Owen punctuates Ken Hammer's licks with a refreshing urgency that's the direct antithesis of wimpy contemporaries like White Lion and Night Ranger. And even requisite '80s power ballads -- a painful genre unto itself -- like "Love Games" and "Eye of the Storm" sound less contrived than anything that Europe ever recorded.
Performance CreditsPretty Maids Primary Artist
Ronnie Atkins Vocals,Background Vocals
Ken Hammer Guitar
Phil Moorhead Drums
Alan Owen Keyboards
Allan Delong Bass
Technical CreditsStevie Nicks Composer
Ronnie Atkins Arranger,Composer
Ken Hammer Arranger,Composer
Eddie Kramer Producer
Rick Nowels Composer
Chris Isca Producer
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