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Vain - 2017 Rolling With The Punches

ALBUM: Rolling With The Punches
LABEL: Pledge Music (Campaign)
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Davy Vain - lead vocals * Jamie Scott - guitar * Danny West - guitar * Ashley Mitchell - bass * Tommy Rickard - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rolling With The Punches * 02 Deliver The Passion * 03 Long Gone * 04 Dark City * 05 Bury Some Pain * 06 It's A Long Goodbye * 07 Inside Out * 08 Don't Let It Happen To You * 09 Sacrifice * 10 Show Your Love



Lately, we've been on the Vain train, with articles at the start of their career, and now this one, which is their latest. I say 'their' as in Vain being a band amid all that fanfare, but it's Davy Vain who is the brains trust behind this San Francisco outfit. It seems this album was first earmarked for release back in May 2016 through a crowdfunding effort. But for one reason or another, the release was delayed for months, eventually landing in February 2017; with both a CD and a vinyl LP up for offer. The other good thing, if you were a fan of the band back in the late 80's, pretty much the original line-up returns for this record. But, is 'Rolling With The Punches' as good as their 1989 debut 'No Respect'?

The Songs
Well the safe answer to that is no, simply because that album is a classic, and it would be unfair to compare. The songwriting style is still there, so too the angst and drama, while the songs take on a breathy quality in places. The action comes thick and fast with the opening pair of the title track and 'Deliver The Passion', which are created from the Vain template. The riffs are chuggin' big time on 'Long Gone', you'd swear these boys have invested in a teleporter and come back from the late 80's. I liked the moodiness and the darkened edge of 'Bury Some Pain', while 'It's A Long Goodbye' is also soaked in early 90's nostalgia. The album drives hard to the finish line; 'Don't Let It Happen To You' and 'Sacrifice' keeping the quality value high.

In Summary
If you're a glam follower, even in this modern era, Vain still bring a lot of value to the table. Davy and the crew know what works for them, and their songwriting and delivery is unique to them - alone. Certainly well worth adding this CD to the collection.

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#1 | Nick C on June 05 2017 14:14:57
Top album...have to say Davy looks a little grizzled and biker tough on the CD tray rather than the pouting glam god of old, but after all no-one stays the same (I say looking in the mirror at my own dishevelled mug). Who cares though especially when the music hits the target so consistently...I don't think (Davy) Vain have ever made a bad album.
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