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Nexx - 2006 Another Dawn



ARTIST: Nexx
ALBUM: Another Dawn
LABEL: Angel Air
SERIAL: AMUK001
YEAR: 2006

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LINEUP: Patricia Tapia - vocals * Bernardo Llobregat - guitars, vocals * Jose A. de la Banda - bass, vocals * Benjamin Andrea - keyboards * Oscar Perez - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Critical * 02 Hey Father * 03 Like The Poet * 04 Control In My Life * 05 Far Far Away * 06 Praying For A Life * 07 Another Dawn * 08 Again * 09 Caught In A Trap * 10 Guiding Star * 11 Shine * 12 Control In My Life (Reprise)

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WEBLINKS: www.webnexx.com


Background
Back in 2001 and 2002, this website was made aware of a small-time Spanish band from Madrid called Nexx. Trying to break out of their local loop, the band released a demo, and went from strength to strength, playing many gigs, fine-tuning their act, culminating in a record deal with then UK AOR label Now And Then. 2003 saw the release of their fine debut 'Colours' - an album which proved popular with many melodic scribes the world over. The big break never came their way though. Their label went under, the band cast adrift on the merciless sea of label-less bands. This time around they've signed with another small UK label Angelmilk - who I have to admit.. I know nothing about (apart from the silly logo of a milk carton with attached angel wings!). Nexx it would seem are slightly 'out of context' in terms of label suitability - but at least they're out there still. The band have undergone one change - keyboardist Fran Rodriguez has since moved to the USA and has been replaced by Benjamin Andrea. Nexx continue their well-honed melodic craft, of female fronted splendour, in the vein of Heart and Broke N Blue - the latter a very good reference point for this 2006 album 'Another Dawn'. Pete Coleman, who has worked with many great melodic rock acts, handles the production chores for the band.


The Songs
Giving us an early indication of their wares is the dynamic introduction of 'Critical'. the band look great in the live context too - refer the video clip below. Some nice guitar angles are a feature of 'Like The Poet' and the slightly different twists in the arrangement make for a great listen. It's hard not to be impressed by the mellow and subtle flavors of 'Control Of My Life' - the gentle acoustic wash, ambient piano rounded out by an orchestral backing is delicately beautiful. This one touches on the work of the modern female singer/songwriter, a la Jewel, Brooke Fraser et al. Patricia's vocals on 'Praying For A Life' are excellent. This time around she doesn't have to strain to hit the high notes - and is far more effective as a result. 'Another Dawn' the title track, toys with a few 'pop' styled approaches, including a jazzy piano line and orchestral strings. One of my highlights on the album is 'Again'. Another clever arrangement and some compelling instrumentation which straddles pop and AOR. Added to that is the best 'rocker' on the album - 'Caught In A Trap' - this one takes us back to their 'Colours' material. A choice pairing. The ballad 'Shine' is simplistic and ends the album on a softer note. A reprise of 'Control In My Life' is added at the end; this version with more strings and orchestral elements added.


In Summary
A thoroughly likeable album, and one I had missed out initially at the time of its release back in 2006. It makes a nice little compendium to their 'Colours' CD. I have read a few other reviews out there on the Net - most have a slight complaint with Patricia's at times nasally vocal. I don't have a problem with it (as I do with Ritchie Blackmore's annoyingly thin sounding guitar) - it's part of the band's overall sound which I find compelling. At this point, Nexx have no real competition in Spain, but along with Broke N Blue and UK's resurgent Dante Fox, these are the premier female fronted melodic rock outfits in Europe - bar none.


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