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Deacon Street Project - 2004 Deacon Street Project

Tommy Denander - guitars, bass, keys
Chris Demming - vocals
Bruce Gaitsch - guitars
Jan Johansen - vocals
Geir Ronning - vocals
Magnus Weinemo - vocals
Jamie Meyer - vocals
Jeff Northrup - guitars
Sayit Dolen - guitars
Lars Chriss - guitars
Marcel Jacob - bass
Marcus Liliequist - drums
Pat Thern - drums

Reading reports on the Deacon Street Project suggests that the material on offer, are hand-me-downs from other projects. Well then, if that is the case, then Tommy Denander and partner Chris Demming certainly know a thing or two about picking prime off-cuts for our musical digestion. To be honest, anything that has the indelible hand of Tommy Denander involved gets my vote. Seeing this album, plus his involvement with Spin Gallery and the more recent Heartbreak Radio projects gets my appetite going. Of course, the different line-ups on those projects makes the musical melting pot that much different, though not that different to be a stark contrast.

The Songs
The album gets off to a cracking start with 'Radio', as if an invite to those melodically challenged stations out there in Airwave-Land to get off their chuffs and play great music like this. 'Changes' has an upbeat quirkiness about it, with feet dabbled in modern pop and AOR. Toto fans will perk up listening to 'Caught Up In Fear Of Loving', a perfect resemblance to the Great Ones (or is that the Seventh Ones'?). Taking a time-warp back to the eighties is 'I Can't Go Back', and despite the song-title, these guys have deliberately ignored their own advice! A fantastic track which touches on Tommy's work with Radioactive. Hinting at a strong Journey 'Raised On Radio' theme is the track 'Lost In The Moment'. When you hear it I'm sure you'll be nodding your head in agreement! The first of the smooth ballads appears with 'Before I Loved You', vocals handled by Ignition's Jan Johansen. This guy can deliver and full-on melodic/AOR ballads is an area he excels in. Perfect. The second ballad is 'Love Got A Hold On Me', which has the hallmarks of a boy-band effort. Not a bad thing in my opinion, because melody always come first, and that's fine by me. The guitars fire up on the saucy 'Find Me A Meaning' and equally so on 'I Don't Mind', the latter taking on a modern edged rocker theme. Third ballad on the album is 'Someday I'll Offer You Surrender', though this one has a bit more urgency through it, particularly on the mid-section/solo spots.. a la Toto and Le Roux.

In Summary
Overall a lovely slice of AOR. Nothing too inoffensive about it, and a poignant reminder as to where classy AOR can now be found. And it isn't the USA anymore. Now all we need is a project similar to this with Geir Ronning singing his arse off. Can you deliver Tommy? I'm pretty sure we'll be hearing a new Radioactive project soon anyway, so either way I'll be happy.


Track Listing
01 Radio
02 Changes
03 Caught Up In Fear Of Loving
04 I Can't Go Back
05 Lost In The Moment
06 Before I Loved You
07 Living A Lie
08 Love Got A Hold On Me
09 Find Me A Meaning
10 I Don't Mind
11 Someday I'll Offer You Surrender
12 Mad About You


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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 03:55:49
This is good - not Tommy's best,(that goes to the debut Prisoner & Radioactive cd's for me), but excellent all the same and definately worth getting if you like Tommy's stuff in general.
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