Wednesday, May 6, 2015
ROMEO’S DAUGHTER: ”Spin”
Label: RD Records 2015
Review by Kimmo Toivonen
Romeo’s Daughter released two albums back in the late eighties and early nineties. Their Heart-meets-Def Leppard sound attracted quite a few fans and they scored a couple of minor hits. The industry took notice of their songs, and several of them were re-recorded by bigger names such as Heart, Bonnie Tyler and Eddie Money. Especially the Heart version of ”Wild Child” was a big success.
in 2009 Romeo’s Daughter made a comeback to the stage at Firefest and in 2012 they released their third album ”Rapture”. I haven’t heard it but the reviews I’ve read have been mostly positive. That’s enough history, let’s give ”Spin” the attention it deserves.
Compared to the hi-tech AOR sound of the first album, ”Spin” is a more down-to-earth, natural-sounding affair. It’s still melodic rock, but you can spot some modern country influences here and there. Take ”Tonight” for example - with some additional fiddles and lap steel guitar this song could probably be a major country hit in the USA. That applies to most of the other songs too.
Leigh Matty hasn’t lost any of her charm during the years, she’s still a great vocalist and her performance definitely helps some of the weaker songs to stay at least somewhat interesting.
Oh yes, the songs… ”Already Gone”, ”Enemy”, ”All Because Of You” and a couple of others hit the right buttons, but then there are a few songs that don’t seem to go anywhere. The opener ”Touch” and ”Didn’t See You Coming” for example - they just can’t hold my attention at all.
Final verdict - this won’t probably disappoint any Romeo’s Daughter fans too much, but it won’t rival the first two albums either.