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L.R.S - 2014 Down To The Core

ALBUM: Down To The Core
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2014


LINEUP: Tommy Laverdi - vocals * Josh Ramos - guitars * Michael Shotton - drums, percussion

Other Musicians: Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards, hammond organ, backing vocals * Nik Mazzucconi, Anna Portalupi, Jamie Brown - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Our Love To Stay * 02 Livin' 4 A Dream * 03 I Can Take You There * 04 Never Surrender * 05 Almost Over You * 06 Shadow Of A Man * 07 Universal Cry * 08 To Be Your Man * 09 Down To The Core * 10 I Will Find My Way * 11 Waiting For Love * 12 Not One Way To Give


GDM did announce this new supergroup project about a year ago. It certainly got me excited. I remember first listening to Tommy Laverdi on that (now ancient) A=440 album from 1986 and absolutely loving what I heard. This was enhanced by the time 21 Guns came about, but then he disappeared off the radar musically. I'm glad he's back, and combined with Josh Ramos, whose list of credits is extensive (Le Mans, The Storm, Hardline, Two Fires and his own band Ramos. Canadian Michael Shotton we all know from his band Von Groove and also Airtime with Rik Emmett. So all in all, a great line-up. Much promise, and Frontiers go-to man Alessandro Del Vecchio in the red corner.

The Songs
The most obvious comparison here is Journey, a template perhaps but not a copy-cat. 'Our Love To Stay' sees Laverdi emulating some of the phrasing we've heard lately with Arnel Pineda. Great start. 'Living 4 A Dream' sounds like a Jeff Scott Soto inspired song-title, an anthem of sorts, but it sounded a bit thin to my ears. 'I Can Take You There' contains some typical Josh Ramos guitar parts, and sounds far more cohesive and fuller. Del Vecchio adds some AOR approved synth parts to 'Never Surrender', though the song changes course soon after the intro, it comes back to the middle ground by chorus time. Fans of the genre should find this one extremely appealing. The first change-up moment arrives with the electric-acoustic 'Almost Over You', a mid-ballad in the vein of Firehouse. There's also a full acoustic version of this track as a bonus cut on the Japanese edition of this CD. 'Shadow Of A Man' and 'Universal Cry' are both highly melodic affairs, the piano ballad 'To Be Your Man' was less exciting. L.R.S pick up the tempo on the title-track 'Down To The Core' but just as quickly apply the brakes for the tedious 'I Will Find My Way'. Just why the track-listing is up and down like a yo-yo surprises me no end. 'Waiting For Love' is another appealing high energy melodic rocker which is offset by another ballad 'Not One Way To Give', a song that reminded me of Journey's Mother Father' in terms of its progressive structure.

In Summary
It's taken me awhile to get around to this album. I did read quite extensively other reviews elsewhere. Most have been very positive, with only one negative review written on Sleaze Roxx. Not quite sure what the bloke had for breakfast the day he wrote that. Del Vecchio's production is smooth without being edgy. Twelve songs at a touch on 60 minutes might be too much in one sitting, but hey, you can always come back for seconds later on. The track-listing as mentioned undulates far too often. Less ballads and more rockers is the solution I think. Whether this album remains in your playlists in years to come is unknown. My guess? Probably not, as there is nothing here to really set the ear-drums on fire. It's all very nice and all that.. You get my drift. Plonk this in the CD player and let it play on rotation. Some of these songs just might get into your head.

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#1 | gdazegod on September 14 2014 02:27:09
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