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mollo-martin

third cage

 

 

 

frontiers records 

 

Release date: EU: January 20th 2012 | NA: January 24th 2012

 

 



Tracklisting: Wicked World; Cirque Du Freak; Oh My Soul; One Of The Few; Still In Love With You; Can’t Stay Here; Wardance; Don’t Know What It Is About You; Blind Fury; Violet Moon; Wicked World (Videoclip).

 

 

 

Dario Mollo (ex-Crossbones) is certainly a great guitarist and Tony Martin we all know is a great vocalist so put them together and you get a great album right? Well if only life were that simple we’d all be doing it.

 

 

 

In truth what you get here – the third ‘The Cage’ album is in equal measures brilliant and workmanlike. Martin may not have the range of some but on tracks like opening track ‘Wicked World’ and the closing track ‘Violet Moon’ he comes into his own and the class of the songs will please everyone.

 

 

 

The issue is that what is sandwiched between those two amazing bookends is rather hit and miss. So if you like the cover and the blurb on the back (to use a book analogy) you may just be a little disappointed by the pages in between.

 

 

 

In truth there is nothing dire here – and often Mollo’s guitar comes to the rescue – and when they do it well – like on ‘Wardance’ they do it very well indeed.

 

 

 

If you love Martin’s voice then I’m sure you will feel I am being a little harsh and if you love good hard rock with a foundation in the seventies and eighties you probably will love the overriding flavour of this one, but I myself can’t help feeling that this could have been so much better. I mean there’s even a little late eighties feel to ‘Still in Love with you’ and whilst that works well there’s a lot more on here that falls short. Probably the sort of release that picking and chosing on i-tunes was made for.    

 

 

 

 

By Leslie Phillips