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Saylor, David A - 2012 City Of Angels

ARTIST: Saylor, David A
ALBUM: City Of Angels
YEAR: 2012


LINEUP: David A Saylor - vocals, musical arrangements * Jon Dewsbury - musical arrangements * Suzie Ashby - female lead vocal 'Where Do We Go From Here' * Sarah Leaman, Rob Hewins, Brad Henshaw, Suzie Ashby - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 City Of Angels * 02 Let Your Spirit Soar * 03 Hands To Heaven * 04 Give It All * 05 In Our Dreams * 06 Mistery Girl * 07 Inside Love * 08 Think Of What You're Thinking * 09 I Don't Want To Wait Anymore * 10 Where Do We Go From Here



UK label AOR BVLD Records have been pushing the merits of singer David Saylor for quite awhile now. And quite rightly so too. This guy was better known through his association with the unheralded British band from the 80's: Push (UK). Unreleased material finally made its way to the digital realm courtesy of the label and the 'Strange World' release during 2010. The following year, Saylor ventured into the studio to record the tracks for this brand new CD 'City Of Angels'. Despite the years having rolled on, David has not lost any quality around his voice. He's sounding as fine as ever, and the material on this CD is as AOR as the pure-driven snow! Saylor's voice and musical direction has similarities to guys like Jim Jidhed, Northern Irishman Chris Irvine plus David Forbes of the Pacific Northwest band Boulevard, while there are musical references to FM and Heartland. 'City Of Angels' also includes three cover tunes, you can read about them further on in this review. Recorded in late 2011, the CD is now available for purchase over at the AOR BLVD website. Anyway, let's review the songs..

The Songs
We get underway with the title track 'City Of Angels', those keyboards are straight out of the Didge Digital resume of ivory licks. Yes, it's FM meets Heartland though played at a more sedate pace. However, it is THAT voice which wins me over every time.

'Let Your Spirit Soar' has a Heartland feel, and is hooked into a mid-tempo roll with a constant keyboard motif ticking away in the background.

'Hands To Heaven' is a cover of the 1988 hit single from UK pop duo Breathe.. you'll remember the chorus.. 'tonight I need your sweet caress, hold me in the darkness..'. Saylor's version is a hi-tech but layered arrangement which sounds as if it was recorded in 1988! His vocal is just sublime here, and this version is less pop and more AOR!

'Give It All' is another timelocked into the mid to late 80's. The big produced drums comes from the era of Linn and Alesis drum machines, as well as the heavy synth backbone which populated albums from all and sundry during that era.

'In Our Dreams' is a touching ballad with poignant music matching the vocals and lyrics.

Saylor and friends kick into rock mode for 'Mystery Girl', a track that could be FM during their early 90's bluesy phase.

AOR trainspotters will recognise the track 'Inside Love', which was first heard by UK outfit Seven back around 1990. This new version is pretty cool too, though not as dramatic as Seven's classic rendition.

Many of you will have heard 'Think Of What You're Thinking' on our AOR BLVD news page a few months back. It's a bit of a stormer to be honest, one of the best tracks on the CD without doubt.

I loved the version of The Tubes hit 'I Don't Wanna Wait Anymore', and David could quite easily have stepped into Fee Waybill's shoes when they recorded that song way back when.

The last 'Where Do We Go From Here' features a duet with Suzie Ashby, a nice tune featuring two excellent voices in tandem. And no, just in case you were wondering.. this is not a cover of the classic Strangeways track!

In Summary
So there you have it. Ten tracks, three covers, and AOR played in a sometimes mellow pace, but on occasion it rears its head. The redeeming feature obviously has to be Saylor's great voice, plus the style of music is very centered into that mid-late 80's era as mentioned earlier. A lovely little album, well worth the investigation by the GD readership, and at only 6 pounds, you'll be getting your monies worth!

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#1 | george_the_jack on April 25 2012 16:29:49
Abslutely in agreement with you George. Great album, voice and review! The Heartland references are spot on and I could say, that David Saylor is as much overlooked as Chris Ousey is. Billiant voice really, featuring great range, passion, 'personality', power! My only soft spot has to do with the production that could have been better I reckon. Certainly, a top ten contender for this year!
#2 | Nick C on April 25 2012 17:36:29
Excellent album, great voice...I would say the summary is bang on. I think I may have preferred a few rockier tunes but that's a minor complaint.
#3 | DrakeSinister on May 14 2012 03:08:14
Funnily enough, I feel David's voice is actually the weakest point on this album (though it's not bad at all!), because the songwriting, instruments and production is positively delicious for the AOR enthusiast. Right up with Sonic Station's self-titled for me as far as AOTY material goes!
#4 | swazi on May 21 2012 13:32:44
Really an impressive disc with great vocals!
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