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Face Face (Switzerland) - 2005 Bridge To Nowhere

Mervyn Spence - vocals
George Miller - guitars
D.D Matter - keyboards, bass, guitar, percussion
Marcel Ammann - drums

This Swiss band have been around the block and back again, by the looks of it. First starting out in 1993, an unfortunate year to begin your life as a melodic rock band admittedly, Face Face navigated their way through into 1994 amid promising recognition from within their home country. Their debut album 'Childhood Dreams' came out that year to good press. Somehow, they lost the rights to using the name, and recorded their follow-up 'Eyes Of The Mirror' in October 2000 under the banner Purple Cross. The triumvirate of Miller, Matter and Irishman Mervyn Spence has been intact since day one. Spence of course is better known here at GLORY-DAZE for his solo work under the name O'Ryan and prior to that Wishbone Ash and Phenomena. Just quite what he is doing singing for a Swiss band would be the same as Ronaldinho playing football for England (you wish!). Somewhere along the way, the three decided to grace us with another album.. 'Bridge To Nowhere'.

The Songs
Despite the fact we are eleven years on, the band's sound still remains entrenched in that Euro AOR sound populated by the likes of Dominoe and Demon Drive etc, though probably without the same level of finesse. Reading reviews elsewhere my anticipation was eager, but upon listening to 'Bridge To Nowhere' I was let down by the ordinary material. It started out promisingly enough with 'Lights Of New York', a Fair Warning like excursion into melodic hard rock. However it soons degenerates with 'Walking On Sunshine', mediocre melodic pap which goes nowhere. Even an increase in tempo on 'Don't Stop' does not improve matters, while the lead guitar sound sucks big time. Elsewhere, I was skipping through the album looking for some respite. I didn't get it. Listening to 'It's Not The End' I was kinda hoping that it was.. very tedious.

In Summary
Ten tracks at a tad over 38 minutes. There is nothing truly exceptional here, just typical Euro rock with too much predictability about it, even with the appearance of Spence. Perhaps he should go back to his O'Ryan project.. that was so much better. I read somewhere. some chap saying there was absolutely no filler on this album. I guess he and I were listening to different albums then..


Track Listing:
01 Lights Of New York
02 Walking On Sunshine
03 Don't Stop
04 True Love
05 Bridge To Nowhere
06 Close Your Eyes
07 Sin City
08 White Rose
09 It's Not The End
10 Desire Burns Like Fire


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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 12:10:40
Wouldn't go completely overboard about this one and it certainly isn't as good as 'Childhood Dreams', but it does have it's moments. The highlight is definately Merv Spence's vocal,which as usual are awesome in places. The Production is very thin, especially in the Drums department (A common problem these days - WTF is wrong with producers/Bands not being able to record drums properly these days)???. Decent, but hardly essential listening. I'll definately stick with 'Childhood Dreams' over this one thankyou very much.

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