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Dare - 2004 Beneath The Shining Water



ARTIST: Dare
ALBUM: Beneath The Shining Water
LABEL: MTM Music
SERIAL: 0681-102
YEAR: 2004
SPONSOR: RiotOz Distribution

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Darren Wharton - vocals, keyboards * Andrew Moore - guitars * Gavin Mart - drums * Richard Dews - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 Sea Of Roses * 02 Days Gone By * 03 Silent Hill * 04 Beneath The Shining Water * 05 The Battles That You've Won * 06 Allowed To Fall * 07 I'll Be With You * 08 Where Darkness Ends * 09 Storm Wind * 10 Last Train

WEBLINKS: www.dare-music.com


Background
British band Dare seem to have polarised an entire community of rock fans. Die hards, still looking for a repeat performance of their 1988 debut 'Out Of The Silence' have castigated the band for wimping out big time with their series of low-key bordering on 'new age' releases issued by MTM Music. It started out in 1998 with 'Calm Before The Storm', then followed up with 2001's 'Belief', and now we have 2004's 'Beneath The Shining Water'. At least there is some consistency shown with those three albums, their gentle, flowing, melodic and atmospheric style settling in for the long haul. As much as I liked their debut and second effort (despite the latter's metal tendencies), I have come to terms that we will never get another album like 'Out Of The Silence' again. So grin and bear it people. I have. If you don't like it, ship out.


The Songs
The trademark Wharton melodies, whether it be vocal or keyboards are reintroduced to listeners on the opener 'Sea Of Roses'. The exquisite 'Days Gone By' borders on soul-cleansing, the song containing enough energy to interest radio even. The piano takes the lead on the beautiful anthem 'Silent Hills', equally, the lush atmospherics of the title track 'Beneath The Shining Water' has some of the attributes which made 'Out Of The Silence' such a joy, though the track which is the closest to that era is the fantastic 'I'll Be With You'. Indeed, you'll be humming that one for ages! Slightly different are the pairing of 'The Battles That You've Won' and 'Allowed To Fall'. The gentle drum backbeat and commercial arrangement reminds me of stuff that Peter Kingsbery and Cock Robin did twenty years previous. Imagine if you will, the delightful cascade of 'Last Train'. You'll be standing on the station platform waiting to catch it, and hence enjoy the ride that Dare provide.


In Summary
This album listened to in the right environment is a perfect accompaniment. Don't expect to get your chakras and catherine wheels turning by spending time with it. You'll get better mileage by using it as relaxation music. Perhaps soak in the bath music, or late night coffee sessions. Don't get me wrong, I don't mean to denigrate Dare in that way, far from it, they are one of my fave bands, but I realise they have changed styles and not all appreciate the direction they are taking. I do, so any new album by Darren Wharton and his cohorts will be gratefully received.


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#1 | george_the_jack on June 25 2008 16:17:05
Very soft but full of melody record.
#2 | Jez on January 09 2009 02:45:48
Ouch! I just nodded off whilst doing the ironing listening to this. I will say no mo.. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
 
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