Last month some very interesting Danger Danger spin-off albums were released. The Defiants, (comprised of Danger Danger alumni including singer Paul Laine) debuted with a strong album. And a few days ago original (and current) singer Ted Poley released a new solo CD. For Danger Danger good things still seem to come in twos.
Treat and Vega deliver two of the better recent melodic rock releases with Ghost Of Graceland (April 15) and Who We Are (May 13) respectively. Treat elaborates on their fine 2010 comeback album Coup De Grace, while Vega reaches new heights with their latest.
Though already released in March 2014, Space Elevator‘s debut album is only recently available on iTunes. It contains excellent songs and very good performances of all artists involved, including veteran bass player Neil Murray and impressive singer The Duchess. If you like your AOR or Pop Rock classy, female fronted & with some theatrical hints this is definitely for you! Melodicrock.nl rating: 91/100.
Everyone who loves the classic Leppard sound of the 1980s will surely have a good time with Def Leppard‘s new album. They’re not breaking new ground but do what they do best and most of the magic’s still there. Melodicrock.nl rating: 80/100. The opening song:
Unfortunately the same can not be said of Bryan Adamsnew album, even though he teams up with songwriter Jim Vallence again after a long time. The album features short 1960s/70s style pop songs that are alright but nowhere near the sophisticated yet expressive melodic rock songs the tandem was famous for in the 1980s. Maybe expectations were to high. Let’s hope the collaboration lasts and that Adams employs a more rock oriented producer for the next album. Melodicrock.nl rating: 50/100.read more
In 2014 guitar player Adje ‘Adrian’ Vandenberg is finally back with a new album. And a new band, comprised of largely unknown youngsters. Singer Jan Hoving immediately catches the ears because he sounds a lot like David Coverdale. He used to be in the band that played as a support act in Tilburg for Whitesnake 2008 tour (video). No wonder Vandenberg contacted Hoving when the local soccer team FC Twente became national champion in 2011 and asked him to compose and play a song for the occassion.read more
Van de diep menselijke behoefte aan instant gratificationwordt in reclame met grote graagte gebruik gemaakt. Seks blijkt daarbij een bijzonder bruikbaar instrument. Want zoals iedereen weet: sex sells. Dat is in de wereld van de popmuziek natuurlijk niet anders. Popmuziek is dan ook doordesemd met verwijzingen naar seks.
Gebruik maken van seksuele ondertonen kan enigszins verhuld, zoals het wijd verbreide gebruik van ‘rock’ als synoniem van de oudste handeling op aarde. Ook de in de blues gangbare uitdrukking Back Door Man – het door Willie Dixon geschreven nummer is onder meer gecovered door The Doors op hun baanbrekende debuut uit 1967 – valt in deze categorie.read more