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Dries, Dennis Churchill - 2015 I



ARTIST: Dries, Dennis Churchill
ALBUM: I
LABEL: AOR Heaven
SERIAL: AORH00116
YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Dennis Churchill Dries - vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards, drums * Paul Sabu - guitar, backing vocals, keyboards, drums * Ron Camacho - bass * Eric Ragno - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heard It On The Radio * 02 I * 03 Home * 04 Unbroken * 05 Song For The Living * 06 Pictures * 07 Can You Feel It * 08 Pieces * 09 She Loves You * 10 So Good To See You * 11 Home (acoustic)

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Background
Well, he is the voice of GDM heroes White Sister, so his solo inclusion here is compulsory! Dennis has been out of the limelight for many years, but with the support from the likes of Paul Sabu and Georg Siegl over at AOR Heaven, 'I' must be an album on every AORster and Melodic Rockers radar in 2015. After listening to a whole bunch of AOR projects, it's actually nice to listen to something different for a change. If AOR was considered to be mid-strength beer, then Dennis offers up something different.. like oak tinged Bourbon dressed up super cold! His voice still sounds good, but what of the material?


The Songs
It certainly isn't White Sister for the 21st Century. 'I' is very earthy, organic, with very little in the way of frill. Closest I can get for you would be recent efforts by Beggars And Thieves and perhaps Little Caesar at a stretch, maybe even his old outfit Tattoo Rodeo. 'Heard It On The Radio' sounds very cool, like Enuff Znuff with great vocals by Dennis. The title track 'I' offers very little musically. A strong back-beat, piano snippets all wrapped around some vocal gymnastics. An acoustic guitar intro to 'Home' might have you thinking back to the Tattoo Rodeo days, and you'd be right; the stetson coming out of the closet once more. 'Unbroken' is the albums anthem moment, the singalong chorus a dead giveaway. 'Pictures' is another acoustic/electric hybrid though very much on the quieter side. 'Can You Feel It' took awhile to get going, and though unusual in the arrangement, the woah woah's on the chorus helped get it over the line. 'Pieces' is another ballad, and by now I'm thinking 'I' the album is heading too far down the ballad rabbit hole. so too the jangly 'So Good To See You', which is mostly acoustic. Thankfully 'She Loves You' brings it back to left of centre much to my relief, but I think it's too late.


In Summary
Apart from a couple of tracks, the album isn't even luke warm. Like left over dinner heated up in the microwave. Unfortunately 'I' was a huge disappointment musically, though Dennis the vocalist sounds damn good. Just wishing the songs could've packed more of a punch.


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#1 | reyno-roxx on September 07 2015 18:14:00
And I thought I was the only one who felt like this about the record. I echo your sentiments George. It is a very personal record for Dennis, but not exactly commercially viable in terms of the material.
#2 | jefflynnefan on September 07 2015 20:17:21
I really like this cd. It took me a few listens to get into it but I'm glad I stuck with it. It's like a Tim Finn cd, it gets better and better the more you listen to it.
 
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