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Bronz - 2010 Carried By The Storm

ALBUM: Carried By The Storm
LABEL: Your Tune Records
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Shaun Kirkpatrick - guitars, roland guitar synth, programming, backing vocals * Ian Baker - lead vocals * Mickey O'Donoghue - guitars, backing vocals * Lee Reddings - bass * Clive Edwards - drums

Guests: Phil Lanzon - keyboards * Chris Thompson, Stevie Lange - backing vocals * Gary Barnacle - saxophone * Charlie McCracken - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Can't Live Without Your Love * 02 Carried By The Storm * 03 There's A Reason * 04 Man Girl & Machine * 05 When The Lights Die Down * 06 You & Me * 07 One More Time * 08 Tell Her * 09 Two Silhouettes * 10 Figure In The Dark * 11 Dangerous Game



It's taken 25 years, but finally, the unreleased Bronz album 'Carried By The Storm' gets a private release. After the PR debacle that was 'Taken By Storm', an album unfairly savaged by Sounds Magazine back in the day, the band members (all bar Shaun Kirkpatrick) chickened out after the media savaging, decided to take their leave. This left Kirkpatrick with an opportunity to rebuild the band, bring in membership of his own choosing, and utilise the skill of (then) mega producer Max Norman to lift Bronz to new heights. All was going great, with a good band, great songs, only for the record label to go belly up at the eleventh hour. As a result, everything was put on the dusty shelves of time, until 2010 that is, when 'Carried By The Storm' was reinvigorated once again to an appreciative but smaller audience years later. Bronz Part II is not solely about AOR, as was its predecessor. There's a few pop rock influences here, think Go West, Huey Lewis, even quirky Russ Ballard like compositions. When combined with the type of AOR this band is known for, it makes for a worthwhile set of tunes.

The Songs
For instance, listen to those huge vocal harmonies on 'Can't Live without Your Love', a typically hard driving affair from that era with big guitars and keyboards. The title track 'Carried By The Storm' is a lightweight affair, pop/rock with saxophone to fill out the sound, the next 'Man, Girl & Machine' toys with a sound not unlike Glenn Frey did with his hit 'The Heat Is On'. Didn't think too much of 'There's A Reason', I thought 'When The Lights Die Down' was much better with its coarse sound, while the following ballad 'You & Me' was very weak and wimpy, scratch that one off the list. Thankfully, Bronz leave their best tracks toward the end. No complaints with 'One More Time', 'Tell Her', the Russ Ballard cover 'Two Silhouettes', nor the magnificent pairing of 'Figure In The Dark' and 'Dangerous Game'.

In Summary
I can't believe that this album was left languishing for so long. There are some good songs here, but tempered by the early pop/rock tunes which weren't a good fit for this album. I quite liked 'Taken By Storm', but this is slightly different in approach, influenced by the varying pop influences of the day, but if you ignore those handful of tracks then 'Carried By The Storm' will end up being a rewarding listen. You can pick up the CD over at CD Baby for a mere $14.

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#1 | englandashes on March 26 2011 20:41:12
Been playing this alot recently in the car, after buying it 6 months ago. 'Tell Her' is one great tune, this and the later tracks have a real Terraplane (uk) feel to the songs and vocals.
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