Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Guys she's on Facebook, I...
Maybe Franne was friends ...
Rudy was co-written by Fe...
Great album and excellent...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Redefined ...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Eye Of The...
Keldian - 2017 Blood Red ...
No, I'm changing my mind ...
Code Red - 2017 Heat Of T...
Yeah, I quite liked this,...
Midnite City - 2017 Summe...
Target - 1979 Taxman [yo...
Cher - 1982 Rudy [youtub...
Cher - 1982 Games [youtu...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
Shoutbox
You must login to post a message.

gdazegod
21-11-2017 20:31
Not me but I'll have a hunt for it.

reyno-roxx
20-11-2017 22:15
Anyone have a rip of the Daddy Warbucks album on Tiger Lily from 76 please?

gdazegod
19-11-2017 09:44
Burn (UK) will have their new album 'Ice Age' released in Japan via Marquee/Avalon on Nov 22. The album is then released worldwide on Jan 19th 2018 via Melodicrock Records.

gdazegod
19-11-2017 09:40
I was a bit cranky last week, waiting for various things to happen with the website transition. God it's good to be back. Didn't Gary Glitter sing a song like that? dogrun

gdazegod
19-11-2017 07:06
Note to all Members. Please review your Message inboxes. Some of these are getting rather large. Thanks.

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2003 Articles » Departure - 2003 Corporate Wheel
 
Departure - 2003 Corporate Wheel



ARTIST: Departure
ALBUM: Corporate Wheel
LABEL: Escape Music
SERIAL: ESM 082
YEAR: 2003

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Timothy Lewis - vocals * Mike Walsh - guitars * John O'Connell - keyboards * Mike Beres - bass * Duey Ribestello - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Listen To What I Say * 02 Corporate Wheel * 03 Sacrifice * 04 Time * 05 Down On My Knees * 06 Every Man * 07 Giving Me A Reason * 08 Comin' My Way * 09 Fallin' From The Sky * 10 Hallowed Ground * 11 Look In Your Eyes


Background
Perhaps the flagship band for the Escape Music label are the New Jersey based outfit Departure. All of their albums have been released on the UK label, and by the sounds of things, these guys still have a lot to offer music wise. Many personnel changes have occurred since 1998's debut, but the mainstays throughout have been guitarist and producer Mike Walsh plus keyboardist John O'Connell. The band also showcase new singer Timothy Lewis, who steps into a pair of shoes previously held by Kenny Michaels and Dave Baldwin. Vocally, it's easy to see a direct resemblance to the likes of Hugo and Kevin Chalfant for instance. Musically Departure have embellished their sound as time and experience tends to do to a band, and though not as flighty as that wonderful debut, there are heaps of great melodic moments, capped off by a BIG production which should give the home stereo a good workout.


The Songs
You may have heard some of the MP3 Soundbytes of these tunes elsewhere on the Internet, and good as they are, the real deal is where it's at. The opening brace of songs make an immediate impact, and knowing how fussy the average melodic rock AOR fan is (don't complain.. I know you are!), you'll be appeased this time around I'm sure. The fantastic 'Listen To What I Say' will surely have you dropping your jaw in disbelief - a perfect vehicle for guitar/keyboard interplay. The title track 'Corporate Wheel' is a strident effort which sees comparisons to The Storm and Faith Nation - big keyboards again a feature. Third track in, 'Sacrifice' is a mid-tempo burner, featuring some Dann Huff like guitar tones throughout, while the keyboards swirl around majestically. 'Time' is the main ballad, and would fit right at home on any Hugo CD. Again the Faith Nation similarity rears its head on 'Down On My Knees', the organ-driven blasts through the middle take us back to the glory-days! Moving into the second half of the album, the consistency is maintained on 'Every Man', a beautiful mid-tempo workout complete with superb chorus and The Storm like melodies. It was hard to avoid singing along with 'Giving Me A Reason' - that damn chorus was so catchy, and hearing those keys accompanying me in the background. well.. I just about.. you don't wanna know! A couple of tracks washed over me toward the end - 'Fallin' From The Sky' and 'Hallowed Ground', but thankfully they finish off strongly with the anthemic 'Look In Your Eyes', inclusive of weather effects, swirling keys, and an atmospheric (excuse the pun) guitar line.


In Summary
I gotta say, I just love bands who get the guitar/keyboard interplay thing happening, as is the case with Departure. Some might complain the mix is not quite right (too loud in places, or one dominates the other). For me personally, not being a professional producer and all, it sounds perfectly fine by me. The acquisition of Timothy Lewis lands this band squarely in the center of the melodic rock universe without question, and in fact, gives Departure more credibility than ever. Sure the Journey, Hugo and The Storm comparisons are an easy target for critics of the band, but hey, they are the same critics who throught melodic rock and AOR was dead and buried 20 years ago! Not so, we live on! Again, another excellent slice of melodic rock, which will have committed fans of the band queuing up with the credit card.


Related Articles
Departure - 1998 Departure
Departure - 2003 Corporate Wheel
Departure - 2012 Hitch A Ride


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
This article has been tagged
Tags: Departure 
 
Comments
#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 02:21:56
Solid 3rd release from the American band. New vocalist Timothy Lewis is another Steve Perry/ Hugo soundalike, so with that in mind i think you know where the bands sound comes from. I prefered the debut album a little more, but this is an improvement on 'Open Your Mind' and generally is a good quality, well played slice of melodic rock.
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
 
Articles Cloud
Royal Hunt - 2003 Eye Witness, James, Tommy - 1990 Hi Fi, Hammerfall - 2005 Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken, Blanc Faces - 2009 Falling From The Moon, Scorpions, The - 2015 Return To Forever, Bolton, Michael - 1993 The One Thing, Deep Purple - 2013 Now What?!, Tattoo - 1976 Tattoo, Morriss, Mark - 2014 A Flash Of Darkness, Fastway - 1983 Fastway, Conspiracy - 2003 The Unknown, Killer Dwarfs - 1986 Stand Tall, Wetton, John - 2011 Raised In Captivity, Lizard - 2002 Interview with Georg Bayer, Bobbidazzler - 1977 Bobbidazzler
Tags©
Life Bachman Turner REO Speedwagon Shaun Cassidy Actors And Actresses Strange Days Duke Jupiter Tommy Shaw Pagans Mind Yellowstone Rick Matthews Spartan Warrior Sammy Hagar Rock Candy Records Kick Axe Rock Candy Records Wounded Bird AC/DC Linehouse EP Various Artists The Cars Robbie Nevil Benson Reid Seasons In Color White Sister Fast Forward Michael Quatro Sencelled Burns Sisters Shyster Jimi Goare Brownsmith Keel Stun Leer Myland
All Tags
Search DDG