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David - 2004 David III



ARTIST: David
ALBUM: III
LABEL: Indie
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 2004
SPONSOR: David Mikeal

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: David Mikeal - vocals, all instruments

Guests: Michael E Smith - drums * James Smith 'Spanish Castle Magic'

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Can't Tell A Lie * 02 Mystery Lover * 03 Number One * 04 Waiting For The Big Time * 05 Thundercloud * 06 Jealousy * 07 It Was Mean't To Be * 08 Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing * 09 Front Page News * 10 Spanish Castle Magic * 11 Question Of Privacy * 12 Cryin' All Alone In The Night

WEBLINKS: www.davidmikeal.com


Background
David Mikeal has been a busy man of late. Keeping up a busy schedule at his Difference Studios in Florida, David has also spent time helping out Austrian female artist Yamuna (refer www.yamuna-music.com), while also working on his latest venture under the David moniker. And if you thought that wasn't enough, how about ducking and diving for cover during the height of the Florida Hurricane season? I know I'd be a little bit perturbed if I had a houseful of expensive recording equipment with 170 kph winds blowing around outside. It's enough to drive a man to music, and that is exactly what the former MPG guitarist has resorted to with Chapter III of the David adventure. Less of a science-fiction theme this time around (only the album cover passes a fleeting glance), David has given us a powerful selection of tunes; a mixture of bruising rockers, pompous and parpy keyboard arrangements, and a couple of covers. Mostly though, it's quite a rocky affair, more so than the previous two David albums I feel. The songs too are more immediate and 'in the face' than before, which instantly gives it play-back credibility. It's my guess that AORsters and hard rockers alike will find 'David III' appealing. First up comparisons would point a finger at a band like Idle Cure for instance, particularly where guitars and keyboards meet.


The Songs
The opener 'I Can't Tell A Lie' is probably not the strongest of starts; the latin styled acoustic guitar and the predominant hip-hop rhythm is a bit of a contrast to the rockier strains wanting to push through on the chorus. The direction of the album is put right on 'Mystery Lover', with crunching electric guitars on top of an acoustic build-up, mixed with parping keyboards and multi-vocal harmonies. Much better me thinks! A ballad 'Number One' appears early in the count, and while not exactly radio fodder, has enough interest and variety to go into repeat-play mode. Probably my fave track is 'Waiting For The Big Time' which has an identikit 80's sound that harks back to that era from MPG, Touch et al! The Indian styled intro of 'Thundercloud' leads into an exotic offbeat arrangement.. trying to be a rainmaker perhaps? A pair of very good melodic rockers follow next. 'Jealousy' features some uptempo riffing, while 'It Was Meant To Be' dabbles in a Harem Scarem styled sound topped by a stylish guitar solo. To change the mood altogether, a pair of covers is next on the menu. I guess everybody remembers the Stevie Wonder chestnut 'Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing'. It's given the David Mikeal treatment. I like it a lot, but I guess much of our readership will resort to the fast forward button. On the other hand, the Jimi Hendrix tune 'Spanish Castle Magic' is another given a reworking, and great to see Mikeal letting loose on the guitar in true axe-wielding fashion. That brief spacey solo is one for the books.. I'm sure Jimi will give a nod of approval. 'Frontpage News' is another of those 80's wonderful throwbacks while 'Question Of Privacy' is a mid tempo track, that picks up the pace as we progress through it. Some lovely keyboard touches on this one too. The track has the feel of some of those late 80's/early 90's Christian AOR releases -a good sign indeed! The last track 'Cryin' All Alone In The Night' could be Idle Cure to a tee.. a tight hard rock structure, the right guitar/keyboard interplay and a catchy chorus to boot.


In Summary
If any of you have heard the previous David albums 'Journey To Poexula' and 'Presence', I can report that the latest 'David III' effort blows those two albums out of the water. The hard rock dynamics stand out quite noticeably, and while the album contains a couple of tracks that don't quite work for me, the majority of them do! A few plays will soon have you replaying this disc over again. The tell-tale sign of course is upon first listen, the songs demand instant listening. A very commendable release. Watch this space for the forthcoming interview with David Mikeal.


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#1 | swazi on January 09 2010 14:08:24
In case you don't know yet, all three releases have just been reissued on CD by Retrospect Records. This one you can buy here:
http://www.retros...d_iii.html
 
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