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David J Caron - 'Thru Ever-Ending Black' Hot

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Definitely a case of “Here's what you could have won!”.

Even though there is a huge amount to be impressed with on this debut melodic rock release from Irishman David J Caron, in the end the confusingly titled ‘Thru Ever-Ending Black’ is definitely a case of “Here’s what you could have won!”

So what’s the good news? Well, there’s loads actually; Caron has a neat line in hooks, a keen ear for catchy melodies and considering he also covers all of the instruments, there’s no denying his skills in that direction either. So what’s the problem? Well conversely there are also an equal, if not greater number of issues that make ‘Thru Ever-Ending...’ a truly frustrating experience. Not because it is bad, far from it, but because the potential for it to be great is obviously shown across this release. Although often buried under a whole host of issues.

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For a slice of the good there’s the ultra-catchy ‘Time Machine’ or ‘Unbreakable’, which show off Caron’s slightly Robin McAuley like vocals, a tasty line in fluid, melodic riffs and smart use of keyboards, while ‘Beam The Ray’ illustrates a more sophisticated slice of refined AOR. The downside and for all of the smart songwriting on show, there is quite a bit of it, comes in the shape of the production, which while punchy and bright, lacks depth or character, while some of the cheesy keyboard sounds are more Casio keyboard than Hammond driven mania. Add to that infuriatingly processed (auto-tuned?) vocals that sound synthetic in places and, while Caron credits himself as playing drums, percussion that all sounds “programmed”, although in fairness, there’s a possibility that DJC is playing an electronic kit. All of which results in an album that walks the line between AOR and pop-pap all too precariously - a bit like Owl City so my kids reliably inform me...

The biggest issue however and one that magnifies all the other issues ten-fold, is the sheer length of this album, which is not only one 75 minute disc of music, but two! In the end, this leaves an overriding feeling of samey-ness that does the best material on this release a disservice. Caron does have the aid of a co-producer, but I can’t help but feel that the next logical step for him would be to find a band, or collaborator who can help this obviously talented writer and musician hone his skills and turn his good ideas into superbly executed ones. And less of them!

Steven Reid

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