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BAILEY - LONG WAY DOWN REVIEW

 

BAILEY - LONG WAY DOWN

FRONTIERS RECORDS

DECEMBER 5 2014

 

 

Tracklisting: Feed The Flames; In The Name Of The King; Dirty Little Secret; Bad Reputation; Stay; Somewhere In Oslo; Long Way Down; Spend The Night; Love Falls Down; Ticket To Yesterday; Dirty Angel.


Bailey is the new outlet for the voice behind Three Lions, who only six months ago released the rather great self-titled debut which contained a string of would-be hits like: ‘Kathmandu’; ‘Hellfire Highway’; and ‘Winter Sun’ . It’s odd then that rather than build upon that stir here is a new product with new players playing a similar style of Melodic Rock, albeit here with a bit more of  a focus on heavier material. I guess when you have runs on the board there is no stopping you…


Here we see Nigel turn to Alessandro Mori (Mich Malloy), Mario Pucadani (Hungryheart) and the ever-present genius of Alessandro Del Vecchio (Too many to note) – it’s a formidable combination. Saving perhaps the best till first the melody heavy ‘Feed the Flames’ leads the way it’s a song that can’t help leading you on by the ear…
Just to dispel any misconceptions that this is going to follow template ‘In the Name of the King’ is the most modern-sounding song here:  and a nice contrast to expectations. ‘Dirty Little Secret’ (one of the most overused titles in Rock surely) treads AOR turf; whilst ‘Bad Reputation’ gets kind of funky and adds yet another twist.


The very catchy ‘Stay’ brings back the AOR quickly but it’s ‘Long Way Down’, the title track, that adds a bit of heaviness and again that modern take on the genre.  As a complete contrast the ballad ‘Spend the Night’ is just what the album needs at exactly the time it arrives:  it drips with just the right amount of emotion and Pucadani matches it with his guitar.


The album closes out with a couple of safe AOR numbers ‘Love Falls Down’ and ‘Ticket to Yesterday’ which should please the already converted Three Lions faithful, but the final say goes to the altogether more gutsy ‘Dirty Angel’ which easily could have graced a Hungryheart album and gives that kick at the end that leaves you with a huge smile on your face.


Very cool indeed.


 
Musicians:


Nigel Bailey: Lead and Backing Vocals, Bass, Guitars
Mario Percudani: Electric, Acoustic and Slide Guitars
Alessandro Mori: Drums
Additional backing vocals by Andy Bailey and Alessandro Del Vecchio
Keyboards by Alessandro Del Vecchio
 

 

by Jo Rockpit

 

BAILEY - LONG WAY DOWN - HARD ROCK ALBUM REVIEW 2014