|Anyone's Daughter: Wrong
Posted by Duncan Glenday, SoT Staff Writer on 2005-05-11 23:00:12
Another band with an 18-year delay between albums.
This kind of slumber isn't all that uncommon any more - Nektar had a 22-year layoff from 1980 to 2002, Pallas were dormant for 13 years, Kaipa, hibernated from the '70s until now, Happy The Man did something similar, and even the once-mighty Van Der Graaff Generator has just released a new record.
And in 2001 Anyone's Daughter, a well-known German art rock band back in the late seventies and early eighties, made a comeback after 18 years - and 2004'sWrong follows that reunion CD with a stronger, more rock-oriented sound.
But don't expect a return to the band's symphonic progressive form of the 1970s. The music now revolves around American vocalist and some-time songwriter Andre Carswell, whose vocals which have tremendous range and a rich timbre, although he's given to bending the odd note from time to time. Wrong ranges from a simpler approach to 1970s prog through modern-day AOR, with radio-friendly pop tones to many songs. Listen to the drumming and you'll understand how 'approachable' this music is. And any song with lyrics like '...my heart goes boom boom ba-ba-ba-boom...' simply screams pop! These are not criticisms. The band has made a decision about its musical direction and has pursued it with Asia-like intelligent songwriting, excellent performances and catchy tunes.
"Far Away" is a predictable but appealing piano/vocals ballad with the softest orchestral keys in the background. "The Wrong" is a well structured piece with a heavy edge and a strong emotional quality. Several tracks - like "Out Of This World" - feature multi-part choruses which give them that anthemic AOR feel.
Bass guitarist Raoul Walton is also American, but the other 3 artists are Germans - including Uwe Karpa, Matthias Ulmer who were part of the original line-up.
Frontman Carswell has definitely revitalized Anyone's Daughter - which is ironic, considering he was in elementary school in Georgia when the band hit the European music scene!