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Change Of Heart - 2005 Truth Or Dare



ARTIST: Change Of Heart
ALBUM: Truth Or Dare
LABEL: Escape Music
SERIAL: ESM 122
YEAR: 2005

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Alan Clark - vocals, bass * Dave Chapman - keyboards, vocals * John Footit - guitars

Guests: Pete Jupp - drums * Steve Overland - backing vocals * Steve Morris - acoustic guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 Burned * 02 Farlands * 03 Desperate Heart * 04 Hold On * 05 Falling From The World * 06 Truth Or Dare * 07 Don't Cross The Line * 08 Taking My Time * 09 Keep On Believing * 10 I Will Remember You * 11 Never Fall

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Background
Change Of Heart are a British band, who have featured prominently on the Escape Music label since their debut album back in 1998. This new set 'Truth Or Dare' becomes the bands third outing, though it has been five years since their sophomore effort 'Continuum'. The three main players within the band are still there, this time around they are complimented by Pete Jupp on drums, with fellow FM member Steve Overland and Steve Morris (from Heartland) lending a hand. Musically, Change Of Heart are a heavy-handed AOR outfit, that straddle the fence between commercial and hard rock aggression. A mix of Ten, Magnum, and FM is where this lot are at, and keeping the sound very British if I may so, which to these ears might be a slight impediment. The songs have a samey element to them, and I couldn't really hear a lot of variation with the material. No qualm about the production aspect, with Overland and Morris doing the honors, the sound is full and well balanced, but again the material doesn't grab consistently.


The Songs
Some tracks which stand out are the semi-ballad 'Desperate Heart', the rather bright sounding 'Hold On' resplendent with its multi-part vocal harmonies. A very good track. 'Taking My Time' has a rough edge that evokes memories of Thunder and a very bluesy FM during their mid 1990's era. 'Keep On Believing' contains the big chorus that tries hard to be American while 'I Will Remember You' sees Alan Clark trying to emulate the sound inhabited by Jon Bon Jovi and Paul Laine. The album closer, an acoustic/electric ballad 'Never Fall' is pretty good admittedly, but it's been heard a thousand times before elsewhere.


In Summary
For me, this album did not set my world on fire. Mind you I am listening to a lot of different music at the moment so usually the better stuff tends to rise to the surface. IMHO, if this lot were to move in a harder prog direction similar to Arena or Threshold, then my interest might be severely tweaked, because I think they have the talent to make it in that genre. Therefore it would be interesting to see if the band do indeed have a change of heart and a change of direction.


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#1 | george_the_jack on June 02 2008 15:48:25
The first Change of Heart album is really worthwhile....Check it out!
#2 | Jez on June 16 2008 12:04:48
Another of those albums that starts of in cracking fashion ('Burned' is a superb opener) and doesn't really go anywhere afterwards. I liked both the other COH releases (the debut especially) and this is no different, Good songs, good performances, but nothing really spectacular to make it stand out from the rest (& there are many of those). Take 3 or 4 tracks from each of the three albums so far and you would have a very fine album indeed, as this one stands it's good, competent stuff no more.
 
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