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Tyketto - 2016 Reach

ARTIST: Tyketto
ALBUM: Reach
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Danny Vaughn - lead vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, mandolin, percussion * Michael Clayton Arbeeny - drums, percussion, vocals * Ged Rylands - keyboards, vocals * Chris Green - guitar, vocals * Chris Childs - bass, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Reach * 02 Big Money * 03 Kick Like A Mule * 04 Circle The Wagons * 05 I Need It Now * 06 Tearing Down The Sky * 07 Letting Go * 08 The Fastest Man Alive * 09 Remember My Name * 10 Sparks Will Fly * 11 Scream * 12 The Run * 13 Precious Little Gets Away (Digital Bonus Track)


WEBLINKS: Tyketto FB Page-

It's unusual to see a band have two albums released at the same time on different labels. In the case of Tyketto, that is exactly what's happened during the latter part of 2016. Rock Candy Records have reissued their 1991 debut album 'Don't Come Easy' on their label during the month of November, while Frontiers Records have released their brand new 2016 CD called 'Reach' at around about the same time. It is this latter album which we will focus on in this article.

To be fair, I wasn't that enamored with their previous 2012 album 'Dig In Deep', but this new one is much better. So much better. Joining the fold is former Ten keyboardist Ged Rylands, whose other band Rage Of Angels did well earlier in the year. British guitarist Chris Green (Pride UK, and who was also in Rage Of Angels) is the other newbie here, but both blokes are very accomplished with lengthy careers.

The Songs
There is good energy on this album, and I navigated my way through it with a sense of enjoyment. Lead-off title track 'Reach' takes a leaf out of the Tyketto trademark, found throughout most of their prior albums, but more so on 'Don't Come Easy'. If this was used as bait for listeners and long-time fans then it worked, hook line and sinker! The next two songs head into heavier territory. 'Big Money' which takes a scathing look at today's corporate nonsense, plus the raucous 'Kick Like A Mule', which lives up to its song-title. Danny and the lads ease off for 'Circle The Wagons', which swings into anthem mode, though I thought the chorus could've been made a bit more interesting. 'I Need It Now' sounds like a cross between Mr Big and Eyes. It features a groovy riff and tight bass playing. You can't help notice the similarity with 'Tearing Down The Sky' to the debut 'Don't Come Easy', and as a result, this one gets a huge thumbs up.

'Letting Go' is the mellow moment, an acoustic ballad that has a bit of charm. Somehow I don't think 'The Fastest Man Alive' is dedicated either to Nico Rosberg, or Barry Allen (a.k.a The Flash from the TV series of the same name). This one has a bluesy hard rock vibe, without the speed I'll have you know. Chris Green turns up the swirly flanger for 'Remember My Name', this track feels swamped in a southern rock/bluesy flavour. It does rock out though, so again, anothr big thumbs up. 'Sparks Will Fly' is another hard rock bruiser, but why they left one of the best tracks 'Scream' at the end of the album is a head-scratcher. So too the closer 'The Run'. Another trademark Tyketto effort. Further up the track order would've been better. Yes it's that good.

In Summary
Yes, overall this is quite a solid offering. It's easy to say that I much preferred this over the last album. I would classify it in the good to very good region of ratings. Surprising to me, the guitar work of Chris Green is excellent. I've never been that big a fan of his (too much noodling I reckon), but here he sounds cohesive, and his solos are very tasty. Like many releases at this time of year, there are far too many to listen to, and I have a huge backlog. 'Reach' could get lost in the wash, but if it does end up in your lap like a shipwrecked bottle on the beach, then don't hesitate to pop the cork

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#1 | gdazegod on December 13 2016 09:41:44
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