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Daylight Robbery - 2011 Cross Your Heart.. And Hope To Die

ARTIST: Daylight Robbery
ALBUM: Cross Your Heart.. And Hope To Die
LABEL: Solar Flare Records
YEAR: 2011


LINEUP: Tony Nicholl - vocals, guitar * Mark Carleton - guitar, backing vocals * Colin Murdoch - bass, backing vocals * Duncan Cook - keyboards * Ben Dixon - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Cross Your Heart * 02 Shame On You * 03 The Perfect Storm * 04 While You Were Sleeping * 05 Crossing The Great Divide * 06 REUNITE * 07 Real Love Is The Answer * 08 She's Got Me Understood * 09 1000 Points Of Light * 10 In The Line Of Fire



Daylight Robbery are a British band that have been around since the 1980's. From Birmingham, they are easily lumped into the same category as fellow Brit contenders Shy and Tobruk. Back in the 80's, DR gigged all around the Isles but did not record anything to tape or disc. Decades passed before singer Tony Nicholl and guitarist Mark Carleton breathed new life into the new version of the DR-agon, ready to spit fire and show the punters what they missed out on first time around.

The Songs
Self produced and released on the small Solar Flare label, Daylight Robbery return us to that era of Brit AOR that has long since passed, but is not forgotten. In fact, many of these songs have their history back in those earlier days. There is a huge Shy like comparison vocally, Nicholl doing his best Tony Mills impression on occasion. Much of this is impressive, they don't fuck about with go-slow and softly spoken ballads. 'Crossing The Great Divide' is the only exception to the rule, an 8 minute piece, that covers all the bases, and undulates like a biorhythm. But mostly, you'll see and hear Daylight Robbery come out swinging as if trying to make up for 20 years lost time! The title track 'Daylight Robbery' is a prime example of Shy like bombast! If you enjoyed that first temptation, then 'Shame On You' will be double the trouble. The enjoyable hard rock romp continues through on to 'The Perfect Storm', hard driving and relentless, so too the wickedly good 'While You Were Sleeping', with a wealth of excellent sub-parts which make up the whole. That is: guitars, keys, vocals and the brutal rhythm section. 'REUNITE' has a boatload of cool keyboard parts and super slick bass line. The organ representative of the work which Frontiers go-to producer Alesaandro Del Vecchio is renowned for. 'Real Love is The Answer' is the bands anthem moment, though to be honest, just about all the material has anthem sewn into their leather jackets! 'She's Got Me Understood' is as heavy as it is boisterous, and by now this lot have won me over. '1000 Points Of Light' suggests some Saracen like quality, and in saying that, this could also be Judas Priest doing melodic rock too, Nicholl bringing his Rob Halford impersonation to the table. To round things out, DR deliver 'In The Line Of Fire', a powerfully delivered ode. Wow!

In Summary
Like many bands finding a new lease in the melodic rock genre, You just know that Daylight Robbery are itching to make up for lost time. The musicianship is really top-notch, and considering this is a self-produced effort, it's quite staggering the quality is this good. Containing a six-string maestro in Mark Carleton, DR have a lot going for them, and they've since followed this up with their 2014 release 'Falling Back To Earth'. It seems Daylight Robbery are here to stay. Thank the lord for small mercies!

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#1 | gdazegod on November 16 2014 12:24:47
Daylight Robbery - 2011 Crossing The Great Divide
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