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Worth the wait-Nice to see The guitars upfront again..
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 25/11/2009 00:59:17
Dare release albums in frequently but usually well worth the wait. This Album is no different. In the same genre as the last 2 albums very melodic smooth but more prominence on guitar. There is not a bad track on this album. The opening track Dublin sets the tone of a smooth melody, haunting vocals and lead guitar working in a round the song in true Dare Style. Follow the river has feel to deliverance/crown of thorns from Calm before the storm and works well with bursting lead guitar kicking in throughout.
Emerald should remain a Lizzy thundered classic as Dares attempt here works with a stripped down version but doesn't Bite like the original and for this reasons Phils standard is best left well alone. The re-worked tracks from Out of the Silence show a more mature feel again with toned down versions. Cheap Tricks cover of the flame shows how good Darren Whartons vocals are and retains the feel of the orginal.. a worthy cover. "When" is a haunting ballad which kicks into life in the chorus with again searing guitar work up there with the best.. Stand out track on the Album.
Kiss the Rain/Remember/ Circles follow the same style each holding their own..
What I thought may be album with fillers on seeing the tracks before listening has turned out after listening a classy affair from a very under rated band.. Up there with Belief/Calm Before the storm/Beneath the Shining water. Better than the forgetful blood from stone but will never better out of the silence.
Would have liked to have heard a remake of the Sun Goes Down with some remeniscent lyrics .. Perhaps one for next time..
Well worth the wait again!.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: SheffieldRocker on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
Good as ever
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 13/11/2009 13:37:57
So After a few too many years away we get a new album from Dare, which contains 2 covers and 2 re-recordings of tracks from the fantastic debut.
Its a shame that there wasnt 12 new tracks on this cd and the covers/re-recordings used as bonus tacks because the new stuff is brilliant!
Dare have changed over the years, the debut was an aor gem, the 2nd was a kickass rock fest, the 3rd started to introduce the celtic feel, while 4th and 5th pushed it further (the 5th a little too far, to the point of almost beint The Corrs with a bloke singing).
This 6th album steps ever so slightly back from the celtic feel, its still there, but the aor feel of the debut and 3rd albums are a little more to the foreground.
The covers are very good and most importantly very different from the originals. The re-recordings not do far removed from the originals and imo not as good, the songs are class but they got it right the first time so the new versions do feel a little pointless.
Over all no Dare fan will feel let down by this album, but i just cant give it 5/5 because its only 8 new tracks and after 5 years away thats not quite enough to warrent the 5th star.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: Wamphyri71 on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
A return to form....
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 27/10/2009 21:25:16
Having been a fan of Dare since 1989, the love affair has been quite stormy with more ups and downs than I ever thought possible. The debut "Out of the Silence" is a classic of it's genre and possibly one of, if not the, best UK melodic rock releases ever. The follow up, "Blood from Stone" had a rockier edge which I liked - definitely inspired by Thin Lizzy (who Darren Wharton played keyboards for in his early years). The following records (Belief, Calm before the Storm and Beneath the Shining Water, as well as the Power and Nature Live CD/DVD) were a little too radical departure for me, more celtic influenced and lacked the guitar edge of the first two records which I really enjoyed. It was with some trepidation that I awaited this latest release - and I was not disappointed. The celtic influences remain, but the guitar takes a more prominent role and there are re-workings of two of my favourite songs from the debut (the fabulous King of Spades, and Return the Heart (I will return)) as well as two cover versions (the Cheap Trick song "The Flame" being superb, I must add). I'm really pleased with this album....whilst it doesn't redefine the genre like the debut it's a really good attempt and a definite return to form.....well done
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: daggreen on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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