FARRADAY - Shade Of Love (2013)
Inspired by the very, very classy sounds of '80s AOR / Melodic Rock, "Shade Of Love" is the debut of Greek duo FARRADAY formed by Roy Da Vis
and Stathis Spiliotopoulos. While Roy is responsible for music, vocals,
guitars and keyboards, Stathis handles production, bass & drums,
including collaborations from some colleagues of the local scene.
When I say classy, means influences by second half of the eighties Bon
Jovi, Def Leppard, Danger Danger, etc, but also more recent European
bands like Houston, Wheels Of Fire or Wild Rose, whom, anyway, are
offsprings of the golden decade as well (just check Stathis' Back To The
Farraday's sound is quite fluffy, wimpy and polished, extremely
melodious. From opener "One Way Ticket To Hollywood" strongly layered on
keys and sporting an on-the-run chorus, the guys takes you back to the
sing-along days of twenty five years ago. It's one of the more uptempo
tracks on the disc recalling the aforementioned Italians Wheels Of Fire.
Next, a title like "Rock U (The Old Fashion Way)" says it all, with a melody and a way of sing ala first Johnny Lima.
Title track "Shade Of Love" is one of the more solid pieces, a marching
midtempo with British-like AOR swirling keyboards and a nice guitar
solo, followed by the instant "Can't Get Enough" where vintage Def
Leppard meets H.E.A.T.
"Breakin' Down" is quite anthemic with a Dare feel, the guitars, key
arrangements and vocalization on "Tonight" remembers recent Andy Rock /
Wild Rose releases, whilst melodic rocker "Breakin' Down" takes some
melodies from early Bai Bang.
Shades of Baton Rouge can be heard on "Out Of Nowhere" but in a much
more light delivery, the ballad arrives in the form of the very well
arranged "There For You" including a cool sax solo, before final cut
"When Passion Burns" ends the disc in a passionate and almost sensual
duet between Roy and guest female singer Ada Livitsanou.
As you see, I mentioned a reference for almost every song, to make it
clear that "Shade Of Love" is absolutely inspired by classic AOR /
Melodic Rock acts. This is the kind of albums evoking other times when
this type of music was made with a sense of fun and the melody,
sing-along choruses where the main focus in a tune.
Farraday certainly have learned their lesson on writing catchy,
well-crafted and extremely melodic songs. On the other hand, this sort
of material requires that 'glossy' production to shine in its full
potential, and "Shade Of Love" falls short in some places. But keep in
mind this is a self-managed recording and the passion put on this
lovable effort has nothing to envy to their ancestors. These guys have
the skills and the knowledge to improve this on the next album, they
only need a bigger budget.
"Shade Of Love" come to liven up our memories and remind us why we love this genre so much.
01. One Way Ticket To Hollywood
02. Rock U (The Old Fashion Way)
03. Shade of Love
04. Can't Get Enough
05. Breakin' Down
07. Can't Wait On Love
08. Out Of Nowhere
09. There For You
10. When Passion Burns
Roy Da Vis - Lead & Backing Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Stathis Spiliotopoulos - Drums, Bass and Backing Vocals
Ada Livitsanou - Vocals on track 10
Jimmy Serra - Bass on tracks 3 & 5
John Tabakakis - Keyboards on tracks 3 & 5
Mike Vlatakis - Saxophone on track 9
Chris Crystal - Drums on tracks 3 & 5 Disponible sólo a los usuarios