Melodic rock vocalist Stan Bush, best known for his contributions to the 1987 Transformers The Movie soundtrack, released his solo album titled Heaven in 1998. It was the second album to be released under the Stan Bush and Barrage moniker. For this effort, Bush is joined by an array of AOR session veterans, including Brett Walker, Jack Ponti, Greg Bissonette, and Jeff Silverman.
Heaven sounds pretty much what you'd expect from Stan Bush and company. It's very well written, well delivered and highly polished `80s style melodic rock with soaring vocals, catchy melodies and lyrics dealing with war, politics, current events and...aw, who am I kidding? You're getting ten love songs just like you knew you would! Seriously though, Bush is a fantastic AOR singer, and he does a great job with these songs. Surrounding himself with so many veteran musicians and songwriters definitely helps. "Cross That Line," "Beginner's Luck" and "Love Don't Come Easy" are a few standouts, but Heaven is a really solid melodic rock album from start to finish.
If you're already a Stan Bush fan, you definitely do not want to pass this one by. Heaven is also going to more than satisfy fans of high quality `80s style AOR/melodic rock along the lines of Giuffria, Survivor, Journey and the Storm. It's been out of print for a while, but it's worth tracking down.