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Aquila - 2002 Say Yeah


AQUILA - SAY YEAH (2002, STARLIGHT PUBLISHING)
Fred Hendrix - vocals, guitars
Ron Hendrix - keyboards, vocals
Eric Derix - drums


Background
Aquila is the reincarnation of the superb Dutch band Terra Nova. Or more succintly, guitarist Fred Hendrix and brother Ron on keyboards. Though this time the full on pomp/AOR attack is dropped in favor of a lighter pop direction. The catchy riff-laden hooks and vocal stylings you associated with Terra Nova are still there, but it has a modern pop varnish applied to it. There's a certain Nelson acoustic/bubbly flavour throughout, in some cases they combine modern pop on top of their acoustic/organ style with flying colours! So, now that I've coloured your world in for you with Aquila's sound, how about the songs?

The Songs
Well admittedly it didn't grab me at first listen. Mind you I knew not to expect the bombast of Terra Nova's 'Livin' It Up', but still, the change was too much first time around. However, after a good sit down, and a proper play through the album, I started to warm to it immensely. Fred's familiar voice welcomed me at the door of 'Say Yeah', but this time they've left the big racks of Marshalls and Synthesizer banks stashed away in the closet, in favor of the stripped down approach. Catchy numbers which immediately make an impression are 'Wide Open', an infectious ditty with a simple but memorable chorus! As does the fast paced sonic fuel of 'Everyday'. Definitely for fans of todays modern rockers. The heaviest Aquila get is the frantic weekend party rock of 'The Kids Wanna Rock'. 'I Run' on the one hand generates a singalong chorus fit for a top 40 hit while on the other hand 'Busted' sounds somewhat hamfisted, in a streetwise/urban sort of way. Hip hop meets rock? Not sure. The title track 'Say Yeah' has a sound similar to Swedish duo West Of Sunset, which is followed by the lyrical melancholy of 'Cecelia', a song about teenage suicide. Poignant? Yes.

In Summary
I think they could still prove to be very popular, even with their change in direction and name. Graduating from Terra Nova to Aquila (which means eagle), they are still flying high, and with a captive market particularly in Japan, where countrymen Robby Valentine and Valensia are huge, the Hendrix brothers could find themselves in the same situation. 2002 could be an interesting year for Aquila. Watch this space.

URL: www.aquilanova.com

Track Listing:
01 Say Yeah
02 Cecelia
03 Wide Open
04 Forgive Me
05 Young And Restless
06 Nothings Impossible Now
07 Everyday
08 Sometimes
09 I Share It With You
10 The Kids Wanna Rock
11 Busted
12 I Run
13 The End
14 Where Is The Sun

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