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CD Diamond Dawn Overdrive review

DIAMOND DAWN

OVERDRIVE

FRONTIERS RECORDS

2013

 

ONE MELODY TOO FAR?

 

No if your love of Melodic Rock begins and end with the keyboards that sound like they were ripped from the most melodic of melodic albums form the early to mid-eighties, but this now. This is very much in that territory and you can imagine virtually any song here nestling nicely into any episode of Miami Vice. We’re not denigrating the songs at all – as everything on here has a hook that could lift a shark out of the water, rather that we feel the need to warn you that this is particularly anachronistic.

 


Personally my taste in melodic rock is more about the voice and guitar and less about the keys, and so I guess it’s all about the emphasis here. Both voice and guitar are great but they do seem a little overshadowed, like on opening title track ‘Overdrive’ which sonically recalls the days of poodle perms and the days when snapping your fingers to the beat was considered the height of cool.

 


At its worst (or best depending on your taste) there’s the Michael Bolton sits in with Mr. Mister of ‘Standing As One’; while at its best there’s a slightly harder edge to the keys on ‘Standing as One’ which comes off more Europe meets Magnum.

 


At the end of the day this is just the sort of album that makes me torn – the songs are good, the music is good, it’s just that the ‘style’ they are presented will either have you drooling or looking for the ‘Eject’ button.   
  

 

 

Jo Rockpit

 

DIAMOND DAWN OVERDRIVE CD ALBUM REVIEW 2013