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You can do little wrong in buying this great slice of British Melodic Rock.

Over the years I've been a big fan of the U.K. act Sacred Heart and I always felt, for whatever reason, that they were never given a fair crack of the whip. Unfortunately, due to the lack of strong record company backing, the band broke up and it looked like that was that. SH's main man Paul Stead had other ideas however and over recent months he seems to have been bitten once again by the song-writing bug and, with new band The Darker My Horizon, he has come charging back with a brand new album 'Acquiesce'.

The first thing you notice as you play the album (and Stead has mentioned this to me) is the production, which (I consider) for the first time really showcases what he and his compatriots are truly capable of. The guitars and especially the vocals sound more beefed up and intense than anything I've heard from Stead before. The next thing you'll notice about 'Acquiesce' is that every one of the fifteen tracks that make up the album has a massive hook-line, ones that you'll be able to sing along to after just a couple of listens.

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With fifteen songs, the question is where to start? Firstly, there is the infectious, summertime, feel good romp that is 'OK', a song that has a classy riff and a big chorus which draws you in every time you hear it. Two more selections worth highlighting are the glorious semi-ballad 'Summer Time', where Stead shows that he's no slouch in the vocal department, and 'Paradise' with its forceful guitar riff and hook to die for; the latter really showcases what TDMH are all about. Finally there's one of my personal favourites, namely the brooding 'There's Gotta Be', which is a tale about a woman with a broken heart looking to just make it through another night without her lover. The lyrics in this song are intelligent, yet they have a dark edge to them and if you have ever loved in your life, you'll understand where they are coming from; it's a really great song.

Now it would be easy to keep on writing about the other wonderful songs that you can find on 'Acquiesce', space I'm afraid doesn't permit this. So instead, I will close out by stating that I think The Darker My Horizon are a band who are good enough to take their place alongside the other new U.K. Rock acts that have released albums recently. If you've liked anything by In Faith, AOK or Night By Night, then you can do little wrong in buying this great slice of British Melodic Rock.

Ian Johnson

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