For Danger Danger fans good things still came in two in April 2016

     

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.

Two excellent pop rock debut albums (November 2015)

Space Elevator Album Cover

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.

Find out more about the album in an interview with guitarist David Young (of musical We Will Rock You fame). read more

Noteworthy releases by three well known acts (November 2015)

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 Adams new 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

Adrian Vandenberg is back with the Moonkings (2014-02-22)

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Adrian Vandenberg
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Jan Hoving
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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

Sex sells (in dutch)

Van de diep menselijke behoefte aan instant gratification wordt 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