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Touch, John Jeff - 2014 Warnings



ARTIST: Touch, John Jeff
ALBUM: Warnings
LABEL: Web Art Records
SERIAL: 787240169
YEAR: 2014
SPONSOR: John Jeff Touch

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LINEUP: John Jeff Touch - vocals, acoustic guitars, synths, keyboards, programming * George 'Oh Yeah' Marios - guitars * Alberto Rigoni - bass * Alex Deligiannidis - bass (1,9) * Stelios Tsompanidis - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hey U * 02 Hints * 03 Global Arena * 04 Breathe * 05 Battlefield * 06 Monsterplan * 07 Labyrinth * 08 Kyire Eleison + Can U See * 09 All U Need Is Love

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WEBLINKS: www.johnjefftouch.net/


Background
Back in 2008, GDM took on the challenge of reviewing the debut album from Greek artist John Jeff Touch. That album was released by Lion Music, but was not typical of that label's roster and general style. JJT bought to the table a variable mix of vocal influences including Kip Winger, Freddie Mercury, Michele Luppi and Oliver Hartmann. JJT first came to our attention on the 2006 Greek rock/metal release Killer Sixgun, but has since branched out on his own, including managing and running his new record label Web Art Records, which includes a few artists we've reviewed already (Great Eastern, Rusty Cadillac and The Retrogress). JJT is back with his brand new second release called 'Warnings', and you can tell straight away by looking at the cover that this album has all the hallmarks of the Apocalypse written all over it, though the intent doesn't come through as strongly on the songs and lyrics.


The Songs
'Warnings' is a mixture of a few styles. it's not pure melodic rock as most of the readers are used to. Instead, JJT brings many ingredients to this multiple course dinner feast, that it's surely to keep the listener on their toes. 'Hey U' comes at you from the Robbie Williams camp, you could call this VOR, vocally oriented rock, as JJT comes at it from different angles. 'Hints' is a slinky acoustic number that obviously has 'unplugged' tagged to it. I can just envisage this in a late night bar somewhere with just a couple of blokes delivering to the max. Aah, a beer never tasted so good listening to this. I get it! 'Global Arena' is our first foray into serious subject matter and some equally serious musicianship. It's a killer song with a killer groove. That much is true. The song itself has been around as far back as 2012, but gets its time in the sun on this album. The grooves keep continuing with the airy (excuse the pun) 'Breathe'. It's a song which rides on shifting sands of melodies, and in saying that, there is a slight middle eastern vibe rolling through like an unexpected sandstorm. Cool? Perhaps not, more like dusty, a great song regardless. 'Battlefield' is another song to exhibit different personalities. It certainly enjoys a hearty hard rock backdrop, but can change in an instant, the jekyll/hyde nature similar to a dangerous change in the weather. When the song moves into upbeat mode, a U2 like persona reveals itself.

'Monsterplan' is JJT's 'Frankenstein' moment, it does have a darker overtone to it, not quite cinematic, but interesting nonetheless. 'Labyrinth' takes us down a couple of notches. You can hear some ragged breathing amid the atmospheric meandering and piano touches. 'Kyrie Eleison' is a choral sounding vocal piece, not related in any way to the Mr Mister track. JJT's vocals sound awesome here, as if singing in some ancient monastery from eons ago. It segues into 'Can U See', an acoustic number, which branches out into a mainstream sounding rocker on the chorus. This one has some intriguing twists in the tail, and has moments where it accelerates appreciably into a hard rock number. Nice..! 'All U Need Is Love' might be the title of a famous song from back in the 60's, but JJT's version goes in a different direction. Starting out as a lounge club standard, the chorus lifts it to another level altogether.


In Summary
'Warnings' is an album that needs a deep listen to get to the bottom of. I enjoy JJT's work because it is so different, but more so that he puts 110% effort into it, and the results are there for all to hear. The production too is magnificent, every song you can hear right into its core, and that's all you can ask when you're listening to an album of this quality. What a fine start to 2014. John Jeff Touch is a guy that can make a listener truly appreciative of the art of vocals in the hard rock medium.


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