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An absolute scorcher.

So here it is at long last the new album by the reformed (original line up) Tyketto. There was no little trepidation as I played this for the first time as it is for me the most exciting reformation of recent times. Recent history shows us that these things can go many different ways, The excellent Mr Big comeback, the rubbish Van Halen single trumped by a surprisingly excellent album, The brilliant but ultimately ignored Airrace, or the farcical…I give you the current Black Sabbath situation!

So what then has Danny, Brooke, Jaimie and Michael delivered here in 2012 a mere 21 years after the incredible debut that was Don’t Come Easy? Well I am both relieved and delighted to report that Dig In Deep is an absolute scorcher, from the misguiding Dream Theater like opening of Faithless it sails away on a sublime hook and chorus before giving way to Love to Love - not the UFO classic but equally deserving of note with a chunky riff and soaring melody that would have been at home on that distant debut classic.

Here’s Hoping It Hurts follows suit with a slightly funky but very commercial a la Bon Jovi style feel. The acoustic opening to Battle Lines perhaps gives a nod to Danny’s side job in the Ultimate Eagles with its laid back cruising feel and featuring a beautiful solo from Brooke St. James who then gets all Yngwie on us for the opening crescendo to The Fight Left Me which has Danny Vaughn in defiant mood and the band rolling behind in a stop start riff before another huge hook and chorus gives way to more guitar histrionics taking in some Latin grooves before rocking hard to the close.

Things ease off with the acoustic opening of Evaporate before the drums kick in and we are off on another classic romp with Danny asking ‘is there anybody that feels the way I do?’ I’m pretty sure there will be Mr Vaughn as this is fantastic stuff as the acoustic breakdown gives way to the full onslaught again and another future classic is created.

Monday eases in on a faintly countryish beat but with Danny’s voice soaring over the top and stabs of beauty from Brooke interspersing the verses a wistful but uplifting vocal and again I am singing along after only 2 or 3 listens. A potential single perhaps?

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And so to the title track, a touch of Aerozep! With a rasping vocal and funky rhythm with a chanted chorus this is going to be a live favourite and has great ‘jam’ potential.

Next up Sound Off is vaguely reminiscent of Thunder’s Stand Up but again has enough variety in the mid-section to keep it interesting another probable live choice. Let This One Slide could be a direct lift from Don’t Come Easy, a mid-paced catchy rocker with another great chorus and super musicianship throughout. Which brings us to album closer This Is How We Say Goodbye. Acoustic and orchestrated, this is quite simply the most beautiful lyric/vocal Danny Vaughn has ever delivered, a hauntingly beautiful tale of love and devotion with the line ‘Family is what matters most of all’ echoing in my ears the song closes with its title and I find myself breathless. This is not just a throwaway ‘unplugged’ tag on at the end of the CD, this is what elevates an excellent comeback into a classic album that no Tyketto fan or fan of melodic rock in whatever form can afford to be without.

Tyketto are back and I hope sincerely that this is not how they say goodbye

Nikki Tylar

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goodolboy said:

Great review, hope the cd is as good as this
March 08, 2012
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