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Tyketto - 2012 Dig In Deep

ARTIST: Tyketto
ALBUM: Dig In Deep
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2012
SPONSOR: Frontiers (Haulix)


LINEUP: Danny Vaughn - vocals, acoustic guitar, bass * Brooke St. James - guitars, keyboards, backing vocals * Jimi Kennedy - bass * Michael Arbeeny - drums, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Faithless * 02 Love To Love * 03 Here's Hoping It Hurts * 04 Battle Lines * 05 The Fight Left In Me * 06 Evaporate * 07 Monday * 08 Dig In Deep * 09 Sound Off * 10 Let This One Slide * 11 This Is How We Say Goodbye



I recall the heady days of late 1990, leading into 1991, and the hype surrounding the forthcoming debut album 'Don't Come Easy' from Tyketto was all the rage. In the early 21st century you just don't see or hear hype like that anymore. Whether that's a good or bad thing is debatable, but it sure made looking forward to its release a worthwhile moment. 'DCE' remains a firm fixture in my CD collection, though the same can't be said about the follow up albums 'Strength In Numbers', 'Shine' and 'Take Out Served Up Live'. Over the past twenty years, Danny Vaughn has been the most prolific member, not withstanding replacement singer Steve Augeri who we all know went on to sing with Journey. What is strange, is that Tyketto supposedly called it a day back in 2007 by putting the band name to rest with a farewell CD called 'The Last Sunset - Farewell 2007'. You would think that was to be the last appearance, but as Sam Neill on the recent TV series 'Alcatraz' said.. 'only that's not what happened.'.. So here we are five years down the track, and Tyketto ostensibly return with a brand new disc with all guilty culprits returning to stand in the dock of public display. It's called 'Dig In Deep', and it's not really where I'd like them to be if this is supposed to some sort of comeback. It took me awhile to get into this album, and like the title says, you have to dig in deep to understand what's happening under the hood. lt's certainly not 'Don't Come Easy' Part 2 but there are numerous moments of worth that suggest that Tyketto are to be welcomed back with open arms.

The Songs
Still operating in that hybrid acoustic/electric territory where only the likes of Nelson can be found, most of the songs here reflect that hybrid crossver. Though that's not the impression when lead-off track 'Faithless' hits the eardrums with its coarse guitarwork. Sure it tries to get back into the templated groove but mostly it lacks for warmth. Quite why they decided to use this track as a pre-release single is beyond me. 'Love To Love' and 'Here's Hoping It Hurts' are much better efforts, and in keeping with the Tyketto legacy of flowing melodic rock with an air of brightness. 'The Fight Left In Me' begins with an explosive guitar fret-frenzy, and maintains a tough stance throughout, though changes colour for the chorus when a sunny outlook flows through, but returns to steely cloudy conditions on the verses. 'Monday' is one of the more instant-friendly songs here, even if it is rather underpowered. The title track is a backbeat thumper featuring some razor guitar licks from Brooke St James in a modern blues context. 'Sound Off' has knicked a few riffs from 'Don't Come Easy' it would seem, a chant-a-long track that didn't do anything for me I'm afraid.

In Summary
The remaining songs don't quite go the distance in terms of attention seeking, and that in a nutshell is why other other albums in 2012 will probably get more of a look-in than this one. Not a bad album, but not a great one either.

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