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Dare - 1991 Blood From Stone



ARTIST: Dare
ALBUM: Blood From Stone
LABEL: A&M
SERIAL: 395 360-2
YEAR: 1991

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Darren Wharton - vocals * Vinny Burns - guitars * Brian Cox - keyboards * Nigel Clutterbuck - bass * Greg Morgan - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Wings Of Fire * 02 We Don't Need A Reason * 03 Surrender * 04 Chains * 05 Lies * 06 Live To Fight Another Day * 07 Cry Wolf * 08 Breakout * 09 Wild Heart * 10 Real Love

WEBLINKS: www.dare-music.com


Background
Those who fell in love with Dare upon the release of their quite beautiful 'Out Of The Silence' LP, may have quite quickly fallen out of love upon hearing their 1991 follow-up 'Blood From Stone'. Admittedly, this is not a bad album as such, but it showed how flaky Darren Wharton must've been to follow the path set by the likes of Europe and Bon Jovi, and ditch the stylish sound he put together on his debut. I recall at the time of this release, it did come in for a bit of a shellacking at the hands of the press - who labelled the band Thin Lizzy wannabes! As I said, it's not a bad album - just completely different, but when you look at Wharton's pedigree, it was a logical decision to follow the Lizzy road, even if it meant sacrificing some existing fans to do it.


The Songs
The album contains some out and out hard rockers. Check out the opener 'Wings Of Fire' and the fiery 'Wild Heart' for evidence. 'We Don't Need A Reason' is pretty cutting stuff too, though 'Surrender' is throwaway hair metal to be fair. 'Chains' could be a cross between Thunder (UK) and Bon Jovi - not sure if that's a compliment or not, but that was the prevailing sound of the day.. Dare know how to swing a good ballad or two.. in this case 'Lies' delivers on all fronts.. nice track. 'Live To Fight Another Day' and 'Cry Wolf' tune into that big anthem style prevalent of other bands from that same time frame, whereas 'Break Out' follows the trend set down by the likes of British compadres Thunder (UK) and Little Angels - hard rockin' and bluesy, though Dare in this case, add their own metallic edge to it. Surely the closer 'Real Love' is a tribute to Bon Jovi - the JBJ vocal comparison is just too close to call.


In Summary
Despite the bagging this album got, I still rate it. Yes, I was disappointed it didn't move in the same direction as 'Out Of The Silence', but when you look back at the complete Dare discography, this is the only album which is different. All the other albums since have gravitated back to the OOTS sound, perhaps even more so now - the meandering celtic atmospherics moving further left of the spectrum than their debut. From this album, Vinnie Burns would go on to tear up the fretboard for British band Ten for a number of years. Wharton would return in 1998 for the laid back 'Calm Before The Storm'. Hair metal fans would get a temporary kick out of this album - as Dare's foray into that genre was short-lived, but exciting nonetheless!


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#1 | george_the_jack on June 25 2008 16:16:02
The first track is UNBELIEVABLE.....
#2 | Nick C on August 26 2008 00:27:14
This is a darn strong album and I kicked myself for ages for taking on board the bad reviews I heard about it it rather than trusting myself and not grabbing it sooner.
#3 | Hardlover on January 20 2009 11:53:09
I cannot agree with this review. I think 'Surrender' is an awesome hair metal track (although not very original) whereas 'Brekout' is more similar to Def Leppard than to Thunder. 'Chains' is the one of 3 weak songs on this LP (the others are: 'Wild Heart' and 'Real Love'), the rest is at least decent or even awesome (I mean first two tracks, 'Live..', 'Cry Wolf'). But I understand that the author doesn't like hair metal at all...
#4 | gdazegod on January 20 2009 19:26:23
Hardlover, where in the review does it say that I don't like hair metal at all? Look all around this website and see the many reviews of hair metal albums that I have reviewed - and praised. Remember also, some of the press that this album received back in the day was hardly complimentary. IMO, as far as Dare is concerned, 'Out Of The Silence' remains their pinnacle.
#5 | Eric on January 20 2009 19:58:42
Hardlover wrote: 'But I understand that the author doesn't like hair metal at all...'

I think I'm the only contributor here who dislikes hair metal, but George is right-the coverage on GD of this genre is extensive.
#6 | Hardlover on January 21 2009 00:56:42
OK, perhaps such opinions are unjust, sorry, I'm new here and I did not read many reviews by gdazegod, but....I think this release is outstanding and better than any of their work after 1991. "Surrender" is a killer track and "Chains" is weak, because it simply lacks good melody, IMHO.
 
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