Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BAILEY: "Long Way Down"

Rating: RR
Label: Frontiers 2014
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Nigel Bailey (vocals/guitars/bass) came from out of nowhere the other year and ended up fronting U.K. band Three Lions featuring Dare/Ten guitarist Vinny Burns, whose self-titled album was released earlier this very year at Frontiers. They obviously believe in the man and his abilities since they're now releasing his first solo album, 'Long Way Down'.

Unfortunately, yours truly can't always agree on this particular matter as I find this to be sort of second rate melodic rock with your typical English sound and style ála Ten, Airrace, Waysted (Danny Vaughan/Tyketto era - not the Fin albums). It's hardly something you'd throw out as yesterdays trash. It's simply just not too original nor catchy enough to keep you wanting to play this disc throughout the holidays.

The groovier rocker such as "Bad Reputation" and the title track are interesting as they show a little spark in the dark. The real winners are however the straight to the chorus/don't bore us tracks of "Love Falls Down", a catchy and classy tune and basically the 50/50 mix of Ten and Vaughan/Waysted. Also "Ticket To Yesterday" is yet another home run, even though if both tracks are sadly out of place and order as number nine and ten in the track listing? Strange indeed. Alessandro Del Vecchio as always responsible for production as well as playing keyboards and it's no more than your average sound to your slightly below average album.

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