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Shy - 2005 Sunset And Vine

ALBUM: Sunset And Vine
SERIAL: MTM 0681-120
YEAR: 2005


LINEUP: Tony Mills - vocals * Steve Harris - guitars * Ian Richardson - guitars * Roy Davis - bass * Bob Richards - drums * Joe Basketts - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 High Time * 02 Open Your Heart * 03 Soul Searching * 04 Where Is The Love * 05 You Could Be Dreaming * 06 Don't Jump The Gun * 07 First Love * 08 I'll Be Home Tonight * 09 Walk Through The Fire * 10 Slowly



This album was released in February this year, and it was unsure exactly what we were going to get according to media sources. Well, as it turned out, we got an album chock full of tunes that gives AOR favourites Journey a real run for their money. What? Shy is the new Journey? What is the world coming to? Europe, not content with having a German version of Perry/Schon and co with the wonderful Frontline, now have a British contender to deal with. It wasn't all that long ago we were all singing Tony Mills' praises as a Geoff Tate (Queensryche) clone with his post Shy outfit Siam. Now, with a slight vocal change, he becomes one of many pretenders to the crown (still) worn by Steve Perry. I guess the writing was on the wall after the 2002 reunion album 'Unfinished Business', deemed by many to be a return to form. And despite the dodgy arrangement with the Z Records label, the Shy-ones have returned to the big stage with MTM Music this time around. What we get is less hamfisted British hard rock, and more emphasis on melody and great songs. Yes, the songs, only ten of them, but weighty they are. Lengthy, but terrific value. Fans of aforementioned German band Frontline will find a lot to like about this album. Tony Mill's vocals aren't as grating on the ear as perhaps on previous releases, so that makes the whole album palatable.. for my ears at least.

The Songs
Listen to effortless tunes like 'Where Is The Love' and 'Open Your Heart' and the fantastic 'Don't Jump The Gun'. 'I'll Be Home Tonight' reminds me of Journey clone Joe Chandler, the guy we found on the old website who was 'so Journey' that he could've become a tribute act on his own! Meanwhile, if you needed a direct comparison to Frontline, take a listen to 'Walk Through Fire'. This has Robby Boebel's writing style all over it.

In Summary
Throughout the album, the guitarwork of Steve Harris soars mainly. It is apparent he's learned a thing or two about guitar-playing over the years - some of those solos are beautiful. It is quite clear that MTM got a bargain signing these guys, and hopefully their new found direction will be retained for a few albums more. One of the better album releases for 2005 so far! So, who needs to listen to the glory days of Journey when these guys do just as good a job?

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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 12:44:39
The first thing that i have to comment on here is song lengths-most weighing in at a hefty 6+ minutes, making this cd well over the hour mark for 10 tracks - way too long. The second is that it may be a little one paced for some people, not that much variation. With those two negatives aside,I can still say that this is an excellent slice of Journey styled AOR. The star of this is undoubtedly Steve Harris, whose guitar playing is monumental throughout. Not as good as 'Unfinished' though
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