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Reece - 2009 Universal Language



ARTIST: Reece
ALBUM: Universal Language
LABEL: Metal Heaven
SERIAL: MH00074
YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: David Reece - vocals * Andy Susemihl - guitars * Jochen Funders - bass * Stefan Schwarzmann - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Before I Die * 02 All The Way * 03 Flying Too Close To The Flame * 04 Fantasy Man * 05 The River * 06 I'll Remember You * 07 Rescue Me * 08 Once In A Lifetime * 09 We Were Alive * 10 Flesh And Blood

RATING:

WEBLINKS: www.myspace.com/davidlreece


Background
The latest project from journeyman vocalist Reece and his first as a solo artist after previous projects with Accept, Bangalore Choir and Gypsy Rose among others. Joining Reece on his latest foray into hard rock are ex U.D.O. members Susemihl and Schwarzmann which guarantees quality musicianship for starters. Reece has always been a quality act for the most part and this sturdy set of rock does nothing to diminish his name, with an affable 80's quality running through most the album.


The Songs
Reece sounds like David Coverdale more than he did in 1989 and evidently this is something Reece takes as a compliment based on previous interviews. Reece's mindset is still based somewhere in 1989 as well judging by the music and tracks like 'Flying Close To The Flame' and 'All The Way' wouldn't have sounded out of place on the lone Bangalore Choir album from 1992. 'Fantasy Man' could be a Whitesnake penned track, but that said so could about five other songs. There's a ballad of epic proportions, 'Once In A Lifetime', which is a fit for modern rock radio, but of course it will see as much airplay as the latest Gorgoroth album. Reece takes a nostalgic look at the good old days on 'We Were Alive', standard hard rock fare for all purposes. 'Flesh and Blood' is a worthy anthem with melodic qualities but there was little need for another ballad, 'Queen Of My Dreams'. Reece goes out in a blaze of mediocrity with 'Yellow', a dated excursion into near grunge, something I cannot believe is still being practiced in 2009. He must have heard it was all the rage lately after Bangalore Choir sunk without trace.


In Summary
Not a bad album at all, but the repetitive guitar sound wears thin halfway in, despite some good throwback rock tracks from a bygone era. The fact that Reece felt inclined to mix in dour grunge melodies isn't as palatable. It's as if it's still 1994 and he's trying to stay relevant, whatever that means. For the Reece fans out there this will more than satisfy them for the time being.


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