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Track Listing

Wahzoo City
Power Trippin'
Living Your Dreams Everyday
Survival Of The Fittest
Heart Attack & Vine
Still Have A Song To Sing
Dig Deep
Never say Goodbye
Sweet Temptation
High On The Clouds
Spirits Too They Bleed
Surrender All Your Love


I always liked the Bangalore Choir album ‘On Target’ it was always something I came back to over the years, and each time it always held my interest. It had some great songs, and though I never considered it an out-and-out classic it didn’t date like some. Then of course came the “G” word; the album flopped and the band folded. I’m not about to give you the whole history lesson though… Step forward to last year and David Reece put out a great solo album that made our ‘Best of the Year’ lists and then it seems he put his mind to reforming Bangalore Choir. And here he is joined by original members Curt Mitchell (guitar) and Danny Greenberg (bass); along with newcomers Andy Susemihl (guitar) and Hans I'nt Zandt on drums.


At first spin the CD is pretty impressive to say the least. “Power Trippin'” just picks up where we left off in ’92, a great riff, great vocals: a great song. All that differs in 2010 is better, slightly scuffed-up production which means things are a little rawer, a little more contemporary, and the sound is better for it. Reece’s voice is of course just as good as it was last year on his solo record and probably right up their with the heavier melodic vocalists at the moment.


There are plenty of other songs to like here best of which for me are: “Sweet Sensation" and "Spirits Too They Bleed" which are beautifully crafted, heavy and memorable. “Sweet Sensation” is just irresistibly catchy and probably my favourite here. Of the rest "Living Your Dreams Everyday" is just a little bit different; "Martyr" starts slow-burning then sparks to life in the chorus; “Never Say Goodbye” and “Dig Deep” hit the spot too.

There is music here to love and it gets better with each listen. If you loved Bangalore Choir first time round or imagine you would love a mixture of ’87 vintage Whitesnake, Bon Jovi (who wrote the worst song on their debut), Autograph and Danger Danger with a dollop of Slaughter well then this is a keeper. The music may be a little more up to date; the hooks a little less obvious but the song-writing and sound has matured and takes on a richer, deeper and darker texture.


Mark Rockpit