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Daylight Robbery: Falling Back To Earth

While Falling Back To Earth is the second album from UK Melodic Rockers Daylight Robbery, it is my first time encountering them. Now I'm not sure what style the name Daylight Robbery conjures up for you but with a moniker like that I was expecting something downright sleazy and glam. However where Daylight Robbery sit is more in the straight up UK Melodic Rock/Pomp mould of say Magnum (who I love) and especially Ten (who I don't...). Singer Tony Nichols has a strong Tony Mills (Shy/TNT) vibe about his delivery, if not quite the range and it has to be said his strong voice immediately makes you sit up and take notice.

Musically Ten, or more accurately the stylings and traits of Ten mainman and songwriter Gary Hughes spring to mind again and again, with classical music inspired keyboards driving much of the sound, aping the vocal melodies as they do. To be fair it is a formula that has served Ten well and, even though I'm not particularly a fan of this approach, it does likewise here, grandiose themes continually built through the confident attack. "Samarah Never Sleeps", which is possibly the standout offering, is a perfect example of what makes Daylight Robbery tick; thick riffs with little guitar embellishments, strong passionate vocals and banks (and banks) of keys all sitting atop a catchy chorus that certainly knows how to stick in the mind. However at times the formula can become a little cloying, an inescapably overbearing mood pervading through the, at times, everything and the kitchen sink approach. "Redlights" slows things down a little, offering a more considered take on a similar construction, while the slow, atmospheric "Between The Lines" breaks free of the constraints of the sound/production long enough to really hit home with force, by actually being the least muscular offering on show.

I have to be honest and say that in much the way that I appreciate Ten's take on Melodic Rock, it simply doesn't resonate with me, neither does Daylight Robbery's. That doesn't make it bad, in fact they are good at what they do and if I happened to hear this album playing somewhere, I'd happily sit and listen to it, but without ever being seduced into parting with my cash. I suggest trying before buying. If the song "Samarah Never Sleeps" grabs you, then dive on in, if not, then like me, Falling Back To Earth simply isn't for you. Doubtless though this band will gain plenty notice with this well constructed and considered album.

Track Listing
1. Enter The Arena
2. Scream Out Loud
3. I'll Be Seeing You
4. Samarah Never Sleeps
5. Paradise Is Lost
6. Fallen Star
7. Redlights
8. Hungry Years
9. Between The Lines
10. Running Out Of Time

Added: October 31st 2014
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Daylight Robbery online
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Language: english

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