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Revolution Saints - 2017 Light In The Dark



ARTIST: Revolution Saints
ALBUM: Light In The Dark
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 820
YEAR: 2017

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LINEUP: Deen Castronovo - vocals, drums * Doug Aldrich - guitar * Jack Blades - bass, vocals * Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards

TRACK LISTING:? 01 Light In The Dark * 02 Freedom * 03 Ride On * 04 I Wouldn't Change A Thing * 05 Don't Surrender * 06 Take You Down * 07 The Storm Inside * 08 Can't Run Away From Love * 09 Running On The Edge * 10 Another Chance * 11 Falling Apart

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Background
Revolution Saints came out two years ago as a 'supergroup' on the Frontiers label. In this day and age, they actually got a good amount of attention. Having members of legendary bands Journey, Night Ranger, and Whitesnake will get a group noticed by more casual fans. I like to gauge an album's reach by seeing how many reviews they get on Amazon, and right now the debut has 131 reviews, with an average of 4.4 stars out of 5. So the masses seem to like it. But it did get panned by many whose opinion I respect. George gave it only 6 of 10 on this site, and others had many of the same issues, such as: the songs were mostly written by Del Vecchio with seemingly minimal input from the rest of band; Blades was underutilized; Aldrich didn't get much of a chance to rock out; this sounded like any other album from the Frontiers factory. I didn't share all of those opinions as strongly as others did, but I also thought the album, while quite good, was somewhat less than the sum of its parts. It was nice to hear Castronovo's vocals get a chance to shine, and he proved to be as good a Steve Perry clone as anyone out there. We knew these guys would get a second chance - what do they make of it?


The Songs
The album leads with the title track, which was the first song released prior to the album dropping. It captures the sound and spirit of 'Turn Back Time' from the debut, which was my favorite song of that album. Like that song, Blades gets a few lines of vocals. 'Freedom' is both the second song on the album and the second one released, and it sounds totally different, in a way that took a few listens to grow on me. But it did, and it is a very strong song that demonstrates some growth in their approach. Del Vecchio is better known these days for his writing and producing work, but he's been a huge contributor on several albums with his keyboards. He gets a chance to thrown it into organ mode here, which he does very well to great effect. Looking over the songwriting credits, while Del Vecchio is still a major contributor, the rest of the band has had more input, and this becomes obvious as we move through the songs. I'm beginning to hear a band that's gaining its own identity compared to the first album, and that identity is kind of a Journey meets Whitesnake sound. Can't say I hear much of Night Ranger or Damn Yankees here, though. 'Ride On' give Aldrich a chance to shine, with more of that Whitesnake sound, Del Vecchio again supplying just the right keyboard sounds. It's a song that could have been pretty ordinary if it hadn't been performed so well, but it works nicely for my ears.

'I Wouldn't Change A Thing' is more Journey, and probably would have been a great one for those guys. It's your big ballad. Being the third song and video released (and props to the band for releasing pretty solid videos), you've most likely checked it out. Very nice. What would a Frontiers release be without a song reminding you to not surrender? Thankfully, you get the reminder with 'Don't Surrender', another rocker. Does anyone else get a Triumph vibe from this one? The lyrics say 'somebody said that we shouldn't stop believing' - wonder who that was? Nice key change for the solid solo from Aldrich on display here. 'Take You Down' again shows that Aldrich must have forced the guys to let him cut loose, and it's a good companion piece to the prior song. Same with 'The Storm Inside', another killer. After three hard hitters, it's ballad time again with the excellent 'Can't Run Away From Love'. Being the band geek I am, I enjoy the 6/8 time feel, and the 4/4 time feel in parts of the chorus is a nice touch. 'Running On The Edge' is a hard rocker with desperate lyrics, likely inspired by Castronovo's personal struggles the past year. Aldrich again gets a chance to show his chops, and Blades is all over the place with his bass. 'Another Chance' might be a song that you can imagine being on other Frontiers releases, but on this album that actually gives it a chance to stand out, and the band puts their stamp on it. 'Falling Apart' is a great closer, with a sound that brings back some memories of Bad English.


In Summary
I was debating the final rating to give this one. While George gave the debut a 6.0, I'd probably have given it 8.5. And I think this one is a full point higher, as it rocks harder and retains a consistency in song quality throughout the album that was missing in the debut. I'm hearing more of a distinct sound and identity that is less like everyone else and more like a band that will hopefully be around a while even as their members are key players in other groups. I'd still like a little more presence from Blades, but it's duly noted that his background vocals and bass playing are definitely contributing to the sound.


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