Reviewed by Eric on 25 May 2006
I’ll be perfectly honest; I am impressed with Jeff Cannata’s staying power. The guy has been around forever and a day delivering consistently interesting releases with varying results. His early 80’s group/ studio project ArcAngel
released on Portrait records had its moments of greatness and is now rightly considered an all-time AOR classic. His solo follow-up Images of Forever
suffered from typical 80’s production in my opinion, but again was decent effort. Watching the World
is certainly one of his better albums offering what he does best- melodic AOR with progressive tendencies or ‘P-AOR’ for lack of a better description.
When It’s Love, the opening track has all the elements of near perfect melodic rock. Cannata’s voice is similar to Jon Anderson and Starcastle’s Terry Luttrell, although he lacks their range in some respects. Still, he is a fine vocalist in his own right and the remaining material is of similar quality. If you are a fan of Styx and 80’s period Kansas, Watching the World should light your fire.