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101 South - 2002 Roll Of The Dice

ARTIST: 101 South
ALBUM: Roll Of The Dice
LABEL: Atenzia
YEAR: 2002


LINEUP: Roger Scott Craig - keyboards, vocals * Gregory Lynn Hall - vocals * Billy Liesegang, Mike Turner, David Pasillas - guitars * Chris Julian - bass * Hans Geiger - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 What's Your Game? * 02 Don't You Stop Believing * 03 Dark Clouds On The Horizon * 04 Borderline * 05 Standing In The Spotlight * 06 Roll Of The Dice * 07 Ride Out The Storm * 08 Dance Through The Night * 09 I'll Never Forget You Baby * 10 Black Isn't Black * 11 Get Up And Go


'Majestic' is the word that immediately springs to mind when this new 101 South opus gets a fair hearing on my CD player. Sure, with Roger Scott Craig involved, there is an obvious tendency to refer back to Harlan Cage, or Fortune for that matter. But rest assured folks, this is a another project altogether, with a different scope, and a whole set of alternative dynamics bought about by the players onboard here. None more so than singer Gregory Lynn Hall. He sings with power and an appreciable sense of melody, like a young Paul Rodgers or Bob Carlisle even. 'Roll Of The Dice' follows on from the debut which came out two years ago. A fantastic slab of melodic rock that was too. Songs like 'Nowhere To Hide', 'Your Razor Is Sharp' and 'She Walks On Water' are a reminder of the quality evident back then. Pretty much the same lineup is involved again, and the sound is about as 'pure melodic rock' as you can get. What's on offer? Surging keyboard driven anthems coupled with incisive guitar parries and punchy choruses. Occasionally, they do drift off in a melodic rock/blues direction, but it's still high class stuff. All the yesteryear heroes make a visit in some form or another through the 49 minutes of playing time.

The Songs
The opener 'What's Your Game' reminded me of Kansas' 'Play The Game Tonight' with it's crashing intro and similarity on the chorus, but through the middle it's relatively tame. 'Dark Cloud On The Horizon' is a mid-tempo gem. Moody and full of melodrama, with Hall's vocals shining through the virtual darkness like a beacon. 'wounded heart, there'll be peace after all in the end.' The tempo lifts a gear with the sublime 'Borderline', complete with dramatic piano stabs and thick guitar layers. The Paul Rodgers vocal comparison rears its head on 'Standing In The Spotlight', an acoustic fuelled piece with a blues twinge - melodic as ever though. Reminding me of primetime Riverdogs or Tangier. 'Dance Through The Night' on the other hand is the closest thing to Harlan Cage's heavier style of pomp while 'I'll Never Forget You Baby' has 'radio' written all over it. 'Get Up And Go' the album finale, has a smoky blues feel to it, no doubt heard and played on countless rock albums in the past.

In Summary
It appears that Atenzia have another great contender on their hands with 101 South. For eleven tracks it's probably a touch smoother than Harlan Cage, but only just. 'Roll Of The Dice' when compared to the 101 South debut is perhaps lighter, but the production and mix still makes it sound 'big'. Considering what offerings are available to the average melodic rock punter these days, you'll be doing well to find melodic rock this good during 2002. If you're like me, you'll be snapping up any recorded product that Roger Scott Craig gets involved in. Yes, the man is that good!

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#1 | Jez on June 14 2008 16:57:42
One of the best releases of '02 without a doubt .This is even better than the debut ( and that was a fantastic disc) .If you liked the debut then you'll like this aswell, as it treads in a very similar path. Most excellent.
#2 | swazi on February 01 2012 11:31:23
Yes, even more excellent than the debut, which already was on a very high level. Buy or die!
#3 | Flo on June 04 2012 22:36:34
Excellent album!
Very good melodies on this album
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