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|JESSE DAMON (Silent Rage) - Temptation In The Garden Of Eve (2013) |
JESSE DAMON rocked us fronting Silent Rage but since the last decade he has started as well a solo career. His new album "Temptation In The
Garden Of Eve" should be the most solid of all not only in the
songwriting department, but also in style.
Having no-other than legend Paul Sabu co-writing, playing, and most
significantly; producing, you only could expect an old-school melodic
rock sound with strong rockin' AOR touches.
Amongst the names that assist Damon in "Temptation In The Garden Of Eve"
are Sabu on bass & rhythm guitar, keyboard player extraordinaire
Eric Ragno (Takara, Fergie Frederiksen) and Pete Newdeck (Eden's Curse)
bashing the skins. So this is like a 'dream team' line-up.
The quality of the whole release is just what you would expect from an album associated with these excellent musicians.
Jesse's lead vocal kicks off the lead track "Garden Of Eve" in a much
aggressive hard rock tone than any other track I've heard him sing on
his previous solo albums. But on what follows, expect huge arena-ready
choruses, shimmering hooks, and melodies pouring from every speaker.
Be it the mid-tempo "I Need You Forever" shining brightly with its
commercial appeal or "Let It Rock" that blends a guitar sound from the
Whitesnake school with Def Leppard-like vocals, Jesse exudes solid
songwriting ethics and delivers material ready to take over Rock radio
stations or stages in any part of the world.
The superb "Angel In The Starlight" glides on a soft bed of melody
providing a slower pace, whilst the uptempo "Black Widow" and "Hold On"
both add those wonderful synths galore to the strong rockin' AOR main
melody, recalling Sabu's Only Child.
Things twist to a melodic-hard territory with the rapid "Save Me"
(special mention to Mr. Newdeck for his powerful backbone) providing a
perfect balance in the middle of the disc.
You'll also have a couple of ballads; the power driven "Save The World"
with a socially conscious message to make an effort in the lives of
children each and every day, and the acoustic led "Wishing Well" that
brings out Jesse's soulful side.
"Temptation In The Garden Of Eve" is a really good, catchy Melodic Rock /
AOR album in the old style, in my opinion the best Jesse Damon solo.
In fact, this opus sounds like any Paul Sabu album from the Only
Child-era, plenty of melodious riffs, lots of keys and prominent rhythm
Damon really goes for it with a steadfast performance and is faultless
throughout the proceedings both vocally and on the six-strings (there's
some hot solos), but the shape of the songs and that overall sound
belong to Sabu.
Ironically, "Temptation In The Garden Of Eve" is million times better
than Paul Sabu's last own album, as it goes for the good, old-fashioned,
but always lovable late '80s melodies, stylings and sound.
01 - Garden of Eve
02 - Black Widow
03 - Save the World
04 - I Need You Forever
05 - Save Me
06 - A Chance for Us
07 - Let It Rock
08 - Angel in the Starlight
09 - Hold On
10 - Little Angel
11 - Wishing Well
Jesse Damon (vocals, guitar)
Paul Sabu (bass, rhythm guitar, backing vocals)
Eric Ragno (keyboards)
Pete Newdeck (drums, backing vocals)
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