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Damien, Dannie - 2008 A Cowboy No One Gets

ARTIST: Damien, Dannie
ALBUM: A Cowboy No One Gets
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2008
SPONSOR: Dannie Damien


LINEUP: Dannie Damien - vocals, instruments * Mauro Simone, Ciccio Ronchi, Lady Rhuna, Matteo Giraldi - additional vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Highschool Baby * 02 If You Were Here * 03 I Don't Wanna Sleep * 04 What If Childen Stop To Smile * 05 Rollin' Over The Night * 06 Fight * 07 Hey I've Enough * 08 Over * 09 Live Or Die * 10 Ready To Rock * 11 Cowboy No One Gets * 12 I Love You


WEBLINKS: www.myspace.com/danniedamienrock

We've reviewed a few Italian bands of late, you can now add glam rocker Dannie Damien to the list. Don't be put off by the dubious album title, this is actually pretty good, given the frugal resources afforded this self released effort. This is Dannie's second self released effort, his first one came out in 2007, not having heard that CD, I am impressed with what I'm hearing on 'A Cowboy No One Gets', particularly when he rocks out. Firstly, his guitar playing is great, if you like acts like Rick Matthews and Worrall, then you may like what's on offer here. Keyboards too chime in at the right moments. However, it's in the area of the vocals where it probably needs a bit of work, but musically, there's a lot to like here.

The Songs
First up I'll cherry-pick the songs I like the most. Opener 'Highschool Baby' is (in my opinion) a direct shot at the style of rock played by long lost AORster Rick Matthews. If anyone recalls his radio friendly 'Only The Young' CD from the early 90's, Dannie has subconsciously struck a melodic chord probably without realising it! The pairing of 'Rollin' Over The Night' and 'Fight' are pretty good rockers, though the drum programming is pretty obvious, in much the same way as it was on Danny Danzi's early releases plus the first few Phil Vincent albums. Probably my favourite track here is 'Ready To Rock' (yeah, excuse the well worn track titles..), with its abundance of enthusiasm and energy. The drum patterns might be a little offputting, but the guitar work and keyboard lines more than make up for it. Dannie gives us three acoustic guitar ballads, the soaring 'What If Children Stop To Smile', 'Hey I've Enough' and the title track 'A Cowboy No One Gets'. All three are pretty good actually, but I personally think that he should stick to hard rocking tunes, ballads tend to catch a lot of people out if the delivery isn't spot on, or the arrangement and delivery is suspect. 'Live Or Die' has been described as The Quireboys on heat. Not so sure about that one, the mashed up vocals from some of those named above adds interest, but it's a style that isn't my cup of tea. The other two ballads: 'Over' and 'I Love You' don't quite work, the mainly piano based songs really needed to have better vocals to carry them off.

In Summary
Dannie Damien has a knack for writing some good material. Of the twelve tracks, five are mainly ballads, that's probably a few too many. If he wants to continue in the melodic rock genre, there needs to be more rockers - perhaps in different styles to change it up. Vocally, there is a bit of work required to bring it up to international standard, but I'm sure that with a bit of effort and focus, he can get there. Considering he's created his music on his own steam, now is the time for refinement, and to perhaps come up with a new CD in 2009 that improves on the first two releases. A work in progress, we look forward to the future.

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