After a long hiatus Bangalore Choir are back! Well to be honest, part of them. And as singer David Reece released a solo album not so long before, it is tempting to say that this is sounding more like a successor to that, than to the On Target classic.
But as I am more into listening than into making connections and or discussions about comebacks or solo outings, let´s return to the music.
I think this is a more rocking affair than On Target was. More up to date, but also more straight. Reece still has a convincing voice, and writes catchy tunes with partners in crime like guitar player and producer Andy Susemihl and Tommy Denander, to name but a few. Drums are provided by my dear friend Hans in ´t Zandt and there are several guest guitar solo´s from the likes of Christian Tolle or Martin Kronlund.
Music like this will always find an audience. Some songs nest themselves straight into your system. Martyr is instant, as is a track like Survival Of The Fittest. Livin´ Your Dreams has a nice groove and a exciting middle section. Tomorrow is a high octane rocker with Hans flashing some of his considerable skills. Still Have A Song To Sing is beautiful, with a meaningful lyric and a heartbreaking solo.
So there you go, again an album to enjoy, rain or shine!
At the time of it´s original release in 1992 I wasn´t aware of this band and album. But after reading so many good things about it, and with my buddy Hans in ´t Zandt playing drums on the new release Cadence, I decided it was time to catch up.
Funny thing with going back in time is, you get a whole other perspective on things. For instance, the singing of David Reece reminded me a lot of that of Richie Sambora (Stranger In This Town era). Also the songs and vibe of the album kept me in that frame of mind.
But as that is actually a nice place to be, I had little trouble connecting to this album as well. Music like this has a timeless feel about it that will attract listeners of any age. It is melodic, it has feel and has an identity that we can relate to.
In short, I have no problem with people still liking this record and the 2010 remaster is a deserved one. So if you don´t already own it, pick it up! Oh, you might be able to find the original version as well. It is easy to spot as that has a lovely lady on the bomb…
Personal play tips: Angel In Black, Loaded Gun, Doin´ The Dance.