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Danzi, Danny - 2003 Danziland



ARTIST: Danzi, Danny
ALBUM: Danziland
LABEL: MTM Music
SERIAL: 0681-94
YEAR: 2003

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Danny Danzi - vocals, guitars * Andy Slostad - guitar, backing vocals * Wayne Davis - bass, guitar, keyboards, backing vocals * Timmay Lloyd - drums, guitar, backing vocals * Phil Buckleman - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Welcome * 02 Danziland * 03 Eternity * 04 Just A Matter Of Time * 05 Let It Go * 06 Only The Strong Will Survive * 07 Wild And Dangerous * 08 Time Passes By * 09 Destiny * 10 Fool * 11 All Or Nothing * 12 What About Us

WEBLINKS: www.dannydanzi.com


Background
Where the hell has the little guy been? We last heard from Danny Danzi in 1999, when he released his debut album 'Somewhere Lost In Time'. His new release was expected over a year ago, but it is only just recently that we can finally we can take a trip into 'Danziland'. I already thought Danny was a pretty talented guy, and apart from a suspect production and dodgy drum sound, 'SLIT' was an impressive start. It seems during the four year break that Danny has been honing his considerable skills. 'Danziland' is a fantastic display of American melodic hard rock. The New Jersey native has taken it to another level with phenomenal guitar work, infectious song-writing and a much better production.


The Songs
This time around Danny is aided by a full band which adds greatly to the sound, especially the live drums. After a brief intro Danny and friends get straight into it with the raucous title track which showcases Danny's amazing sweep technique. Sure to be a live crowd pleaser. If you can't get into the brilliant 'Eternity' you better check your pulse. Fans of Tour De Force will love this. The groove-laden beginning to 'Just A Matter Of Time' leads into big guitars and a massive chorus akin to Rox Diamond. So far Danny is in some damn fine company. Time for a power ballad and you don't get much better than 'Let It Go'. Danny's vocals really hit the spot. I wonder if hanging around the guys from Ten has rubbed off on Danny as 'Destiny' is much more brooding and could easily be written by the Brit band. Toto get a run for their money on 'All Or Nothing'. The keyboards are the main culprit. Great chorus as well. The European edition features the bonus track 'What About Us'. A Nelson flavoured acoustic ballad.


In Summary
Danny's fans will be very pleased with how he has spent the intervening years since 'SLIT'. The song-writing is more consistent, as is the production. It's not major label quality, but a major step up and conveys the energy in the songs. The guitar work is faultless and Danny is in fine voice, though his voice does suit some songs better than others. I read a comment somewhere that 'Danziland' didn't have a lot of hooks. What a load of bollocks!!! There are more hooks than a fishing contest. Well done Danny, there were high expectations but you've easily met them!!


Related Articles
Danzi, Danny - 1999 Somewhere Lost In Time
Danzi, Danny - 2001 Interview - June 2001
Danzi, Danny - 2003 Danziland


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