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Danger Danger - 2009 Revolve




ARTIST: Danger Danger
ALBUM: Revolve
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 424
YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Ted Poley - vocals * Bruno Ravel - bass, keyboards * Steve West - drums * Rob Marcello - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 That's What I'm Talking About * 02 Ghost Of Love * 03 Killin' Love * 04 Hearts On The Highway * 05 Fugitive * 06 Keep On Keepin' On * 07 Rocket To Your Heart * 08 Fu$ * 09 Beautiful Regret * 10 Never Give Up * 11 Dirty Mind

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WEBLINKS: www.dangerdanger.com


Background
Causing a big stir in the latter part of 2009 are melodic rock faves Danger Danger. Can you believe it's twenty years since they graced us with their near-perfect debut album! However, in between times, the band have navigated peaks and troughs as if surfing an unpredictable wave of possibilities and outcomes. Perhaps the band are on an upsurge at the moment, with their latest 2009 album 'Revolve'. It's not a rehash of their earlier material, but a hybrid of styles and influences taken as a broad sweep across the current hard rock industry. Let's point out some things before we get reviewing.. Firstly, it's great that the trashy sexual innuendo that pervaded the first two D2 albums are not here.. good. Second, I'm not the biggest Ted Poley fanboy as far as vocals are concerned, but give him his due here, as Ted sounds pretty good on this CD, his first official collaboration with the band since 1993. Thirdly, and unfortunately, the lyrics on 'Revolve' won't exactly win prizes for its written propensity, the verse and rhyme thing is far too unimaginative and is riddled with 80's cliches. Thankfully, the music makes up for it, in particular the god-like presence of guitarist Rob Marcello - who we remember from last years immense Marcello Vestry CD, which also contained Bruno Ravel by the way, so even before we commence, the band have a headstart in a few areas.


The Songs
Let's try and do this quickly.. 'Ghost of Love' and 'Hearts On The Highway' are tremendous tunes, striking an immediate chord with me. 1989 is resurrected with 'Keep On Keeping On', wind down the window and turn it up loud. Very cool track. 'Killin' Love' is an intensely flavoured tune, which I found to be lyrically confusing with references to killing, suicide, cyanide.. and what's with the baby laughing at the end? That is kind of bizarre. I also liked 'Rocket To Your Heart', not the Paul Janz track, but a modern rocker wrapped up in a melodic ball of fluffy wool. It's quite different than you'd' expect from D2, but most importantly, it works! Blue Tears and Def Leppard both get a name check on 'FU$', which means f**k you money' in case you were wondering. And if you remember what I said about the lyrics? Well here's a case in point. I didn't really like 'Beautiful Regret' at all, moving on to the second ballad 'Never Give Up', which is soaked in ambience and atmosphere and topped by a killer solo from Rob Marcello. I think it's far better than the first ballad 'Fugitive', which was far too folksy for my liking. The closer 'Dirty Mind' has a well worn riff introducing the song, but settles into something that feels really comfortable for the band.


In Summary
All in all a likeable album. Great production (as always Bruno, you rule!), but the songwriting and lyrics.. err yeah. No doubting that many of the AORsters will send this to the top of the heap, but this album has a couple of tracks that don't quite make the grade in my opinion. In saying that though, 'Hearts On The Highway' is an absolute killer track, and probably goes to the top in terms of 'song of the year'. Just a pity the whole album couldn't have been more like this, but any D2 album in the vein of the classic debut gets a thumbs up from yours truly.


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#1 | jeffrey343 on October 02 2009 17:56:08
I've had this a couple of weeks now, and I can safely say that it is one that will be played regularly, with some songs frequently making it to my workout playlists. I think George must have been listening to more deep lyrical stuff lately - I think these lyrics are just what you'd expect from a band like D2. Not quite as over-the-top as in the past (well, except for "F.U.$, which definitely will not be played in the car when the kids are with me).

I do agree with George for the most part on this one. Poley sounds better than I've heard him since the early 90's. The production is superb. Rob Marcello is dang awesome. This album isn't quite as slick as the first two, but it sounds like what a band like this would be expected to sound like in 2009. The keyboards are present but not quite as much as 20 years ago.

Even though the sound is definitely D2, I do notice plenty of other influences in there. "Ghost Of Love" (my fave track on here) could be a Bad English tune, or even Richard Marx from one of his first two albums. "Hearts On The Highway" and (especially) "Keep On Keepin' On" sound very much like what Bon Jovi has been putting out lately (being 43, I especially relate to "Keep On Keepin' On" ). "Fugitive" could have come from Nelson's "Because They Can" album. I thought "Rocket To Your Heart" was a bit goofy the first couple of times I heard it, but it has grown a lot on me. I agree with George that the laughing at the end of "Killin' Love" is strange (but the song itself is great). Unlike George, I really like "Beautiful Regret" (but it's the only other song where I have to limit the audience, but only for the first 33 seconds). It sounds like it could have come from House Of Lords "Come To My Kingdom" album. "Never Give Up" pays musical homage to Loverboy's "This Could Be The Night". In addition to the references George mentioned for "F.U.$", you'll recognize lyrics from KISS and Joe Walsh. I haven't mentioned "That's What I'm Talking About" and "Dirty Mind" - they're your typical classic Danger Danger ditties.

There will no doubt be comparisons with last year's Marcello-Vestry album. I still have to give the nod to MV, since I think that's as good as anything I've ever heard. But this is definitely a great album that proves these guys still have it.
#2 | Jez on November 04 2010 03:20:15
Apart from the excellent debut, I have never really been a major fan of these guys, but this is spot on in every department. Songwise, this has some huge tunes 'Ghost Of Love' and the mega 'Killin' Love' being my two high points, although 'Hearts On The Highway', 'Rocket To Your Heart' and closer 'Dirty Mind' give them a run for their money. Definitely an album that very pleasantly surprised me last year and one that still gets a regular work out.
#3 | roadrunner158 on July 26 2011 16:09:36
This came as a complete surprise, as I've never been a fan of DD. Favourite songs: "Hearts On The Highway", "Fugitive" and "FU$" - where else will you find lyrics like "I wanna be a famous jet set millionaire / just like Donald Trump with better hair"?

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