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Release dates: EU: April 20th 2012 | NA: April 24th 2012


Tracklisting: Faithless; Love To Love; Here’s Hoping It Hurts; Battle Lines; The Fight Left In Me; Evaporate; Monday; Dig In Deep; Sound Off; Let This One Slide; This Is How We Say Goodbye.



If you love that trademark Tyketto sound from way back and have followed Danny’s career through Vaughn and beyond then this is probably the one you’ve been waiting for. Here are the original members of Tyketto – the guys who gave us ‘Don’t Come Easy’ – which has to be one of my favourite albums ever, let alone of the eighties.



After eighteen years since their last original album you can’t help but wonder if expectation can ever hope to come close to reality. And to be honest I think that those who have stayed close to what the members have been up to since those days will be more at ease than those who last listened to Tyketto in the early nineties. That is of course not to say that this isn’t something special.



‘Faithless’ still has that trademark sound but the song itself is bigger in scope than anything on that debut. The guitar is harder and the song just opens out, still driven by the melody but somehow ‘freer’ than anything on DCE. In truth it’s a wonderful way to start and like with any long wait and a promising opening the big question is can they keep it up?



Taking a lighter approach ‘Love to Love’ is a huge uplifting song driven by Danny’s vocal. It perhaps has more of a Vaughn (the band) feel to it, and the jam section at the end has it firmly stamped as a ‘live’ favourite in the tradition of ‘Seasons’. So far this is just oozing class.



‘Here’s hoping it hurts’ is an interesting song: it starts of with almost the feel of a seventies singer-songwriter composition, heavily vocal driven again, there’s a powerful melody that just works. There’s something anachronistic that I can’t just put my finger on but the song is so fresh sounding and envelops you like a warm summer night.



We’re acoustic for the opening of the beautiful ‘Battle Lines’ that again owes more to the mellower Vaughn perhaps than Tyketto, it’s a song in the spirit of the beautiful 'Handful of Rain' or 'Dulcimer Street' from teh Vaughn albums. Sheer class.



‘The Fight Left in me’ is a great song, a huge Tyketto riff and some wonderful guitar, and even a latin (surely Eagles inspired) interlude. Melodic and powerful, it’s a composition which allows the whole band to explore the confines of the song. You get it all here and be sure that this is one of the songs here that will absolutely shine in the live arena.



Then comes one of the songs that just blows you away: ‘Evaporate’ has it all, deceptively simple in construction it opens up to explore and take on all the hallmarks of the best Tyketto material. Juxtaposed with the ballad ‘Monday’ in which you almost feel the changes before they come – which is the sign of great song-writing; it’s a pairing that takes you through a microcosmic journey through the bands catalogue. 



Remember how beautifully put together a Tyketto song can be? ‘Dig In Deep’ takes the template and adds the blues and comes up trumps; whilst ‘Sound Off’ could be easily a song from DCE. So far so good and only two to go…



At the moment ‘Let This One Slide’ is probably my favourite track here, it is also arguably one of the songs that most captures the sound of DCE era Tyketto.    



The acoustic ‘This is How we Say Goodbye’ that closes the album is a soaring ballad that has traces of ‘The Voice’ (one of my favourite Vaughn era songs) buried deep. It’s a song that envelops you and has a beauty about it that is very emotive. I would love to have heard it kick into full band and I’m sure that may have been an idea that the band toyed with, a whilst you feel that particular treatment may have elevated it to be a modern Tyketto classic you have to respect the simplicity they have opted for. It’s a beautiful song nonetheless.   



Now to get painfully honest: this isn’t ‘Don’t Come Easy #2’ and I’m sure none of you would have expected it to be. A lot changes in life in eighteen years and I am happy to report that Tyketto at the very least have added another great record to their legacy. I hope it is all you hoped it would be too.



Danny Vaughn - Lead vocals
Brooke St. James - Lead guitar & backing vocals
Jimi Kennedy - Bass guitar & backing vocals
Michael Clayton - Drums




By Mark Diggins