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Damon, Jesse - 2013 Temptation In The Garden Of Eve

ARTIST: Damon, Jesse
ALBUM: Temptation In The Garden Of Eve
YEAR: 2013


LINEUP: Jesse Damon - vocals, guitars * Paul Sabu - bass, rhythm guitar, backing vocals * Pete Newdeck - drums, backing vocals * Eric Ragno - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Garden Of Eve * 02 Black Widow * 03 Save The World * 04 I Need You Forever * 05 Save Me * 06 A Chance For Us * 07 Let It Rock * 08 Angel In The Starlight * 09 Hold On * 10 Little Angel * 11 Wishing Well



It's been a long while since we looked at Jesse Damon's career. We need to go back at least a decade to refer to some of our earlier articles on him. Gosh, was it that long ago? The man behind the steely force that is Silent Rage is back in the camera eye courtesy of his AOR Heaven release 'Temptation In The Garden Of Eve'. It's good to see some solid support from GDAZE demi-god Paul Sabu, plus keyboardist extraordinare Eric Ragno and Edens Curse drummer Pete Newdeck. It's Jesse's fourth solo album, and a good 7 years since his last. Without doubt, this is pretty good, there's a hint of prime-time Silent Rage here, but I think it's the proven combination with Sabu that gives this album its spark. Sabu's influence comes to the fore on choruses and vibe, so for me, that whole Silent Rage meets Sabu meets Only Child can only be a good thing..

The Songs
The opening salvos of 'Garden Of Eve' and 'Black Widow' are enough to jog the memory banks. A good thwack to the back of the head to remind everyone that Jesse Damon is back. 'I Need You Forever' has Damon's voice on the tougher side of AOR, it's followed by the unusual rhythms of 'Save Me', which is akin to Paul Sabu's solo work. You might dig the drum pattern, then again you might not. 'A Chance For Us' has ballad aspirations, but it's a bit more powerful than that. 'Let It Rock' might be an overused cliche as a song-title, but this veers toward AOR thanks to Ragno's keyboard flurries, an enjoyable tune nonetheless. 'Angel In The Spotlight' definitely lives in ballad territory, it didn't do much for me, though the following 'Hold On' is an absolute keeper, a tune that is melodic, flowing, but still steely enough to have an edge. 'Little Angel' sounds rawer than previous songs, probably a good 'live' contender, the album finishing off with the acoustic led ballad 'Wishing Well', the electrics not entering the equation until very late in the piece. It does roll quite nicely with some orchestral parts added for good measure.

In Summary
To be honest, I haven't heard Jesse's solo stuff for some years, so I came into this one a bit underdone. I'm pretty happy with what I'm hearing here, and so are many other reviews I've read elsewhere. Turn it up loud for maximum impact!

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