February 22, 2021 Bonnie Tyler – The Best Is Yet To Come (Album Review)
One of the most distinctive voices in 1980’s Pop radio, Bonnie Tyler is set to return with her brand new studio album The Best Is Yet To Come on Friday, February 26th through earMUSIC.
An impressive career with a list of milestones, let’s take a quick look back at the husky sounding vocalist’s résumé. Starting her career in humble fashion, with an entry into a talent contest back in 1969, Tyler would later go on to sing a plethora of hits that have melted hearts, plus given a voice to every heartache from the late ‘70s and beyond. A talented Welsh vocalist who delivers musical goosebumps with her raw, sincere tone, she would reach international fame with her hit single “It’s A Heartache,” from her 1978 sophomore album, Natural Force, before finding even more success in the decade to follow with 1983’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and 1984’s “Holding Out For A Hero.” Unquestionably memorable pieces of auditory history which are still spun on radio all these years later, to this day, Tyler is quite active while creating new music that is well worth listening to.
Her eighteenth overall studio album, The Best Is Yet To Come is 12-song collection that lasts just around 45 minutes. A follow up to her well-received 2019 release Between the Earth and the Star, this go around Tyler finds herself creating an album full of Pop Rock stylings that includes the same energy and synthesizer magic that fans have come to know from her.
Beginning with the title-track, “The Best Is Yet To Come,” offers a fast and catchy start complete with a powerful chorus. Similarly, “Dreams Are Not Enough” continues with lively music, while “Hungry Hearts” lets you sink into the music ever so deeply. Meanwhile, “Stuck To My Guns” begins with pan flutes which continue throughout the entire song, adding an ominous and very serious touch. Not to be overlooked, other pieces such “Somebody’s Hero” kicks in with a cheering audience for a live feeling we are all presently missing, while “I’m Only Guilty (Of Loving You)” possesses an angelic sound that will take you right to church.
Overall, The Best Is Yet To Come is chalk full of synthesizers and Rock guitars that bring back the spirit of ‘80s Pop Rock. Executed extremely well, above it all is striking vocal performance by Tyler that assure each track nestles itself deep underneath your skin. Furthermore, each song tells a relatable story; whether it is about heartache, doubt, or needing someone or something to believe in and to keep going for. With this, Tyler takes you on a journey through emotions that offers strength and hope.
In short, Bonnie Tyler still has the same energy and passion that fans have grown to know and love. A trip down memory lane, combined with enough strength to keep you going in today’s hard times, The Best Is Yet To Come marks a triumphant return of a beloved ‘80s Pop. So turn up the volume and enjoy the ride, because Cryptic Rock gives The Best Is Yet To Come 5 out of 5 stars.