Thursday, August 22, 2013

FARRADAY: "Shade Of Love"

Rating: RRR
Label: AOR Heaven 2013
Review by Kimmo Toivonen

The first notes of "One Way Ticket To Hollywood" are actually your ticket to 1986, as Greek melodic rockers Farraday sound uncannily like an indie AOR band of that era. They've got the flashy guitar solos, sweeping keyboards and bigger-than-life snare drum sounds... the somewhat "echoey" and hollow sound does give away the fact that they didn't have a major label budget or an experienced producer to work with.

When it comes to the songs, Roy Da Vis (voc/gt/kbs) and Stathis Spiliotopoulos (drs/ bs) have come up with 10 likeable tracks along the lines of early Bon Jovi, Aldo Nova, Surgin and the likes. My favourites are "Breakin' Down" (I'm always a sucker for "Runaway"-like keys) and "Can't Wait On Love", but none of the songs are too bad.

What really keeps me from enjoying this album more are the vocals. Roy Da Vis has a decent voice, but I just can't stand his nonchalant singing style. It's as if he's trying way too hard to hide a possible greek accent by slurring the words. The accent stays hidden all right, but one cannot really comprehend all the lyrics. For the next album, he should really concentrate on being more articulate and less "cool".

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