Fireworks

Tall Stories - 'Skyscraper' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/a3/dc/50/693_TALLSTORIESSkyscraper_1285953505.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     October 01, 2010    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
5382   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Title

Those after an instant hit would be better advised to look elsewhere.

It would seem that because front man Steve Augeri was chosen to fill the shoes of the departing Steve Perry, there’s now an ever more pervasive assumption that his then former band Tall Stories was some kind of Journey clone. Now, whilst it’s true that both bands certainly shared a love of stirring melodies, if all those proclaiming the comparison as fact actually went back and listened to ‘Tall Stories’ again, they’d perhaps discover that they were essentially two completely different animals, Tall Stories (the band) being a much more organic sounding beast.

Released at the tail end of 1991 through the Epic imprint, ‘Tall Stories’ couldn’t really have come at a worse time in terms of marketing as back then, the burgeoning grunge movement was about to turn the establishment on its head. Not surprisingly, the band struggled to find any kind of audience, and despite writing a number of songs for a mooted sophomore release in the mid 90’s, they sank with barely a ripple. Augeri of course went on to Journey (via a brief flirtation with Tyketto), and it’s largely thanks to his name retaining some sort of public profile that the memory of Tall Stories remains.

Rumors of an official release for that ‘lost’ second album have persisted for quite some while now, and thanks to the guys at Frontiers, conjecture and rumour has at last become a reality. Personally speaking, I thought their recent Firefest appearance was emotionless and dull (especially when compared to the likes of White Sister), which is why ‘Skyscraper’ itself actually comes as a pleasant surprise. Given the prevalence of the Journey associations, I feared that Augeri and company might have opted for safety through mediocrity, but thankfully the mixture of sounds and influences contained within is, just like the debut, quite diverse and challenging.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


Opener ‘Tomorrow’ is a fairly standard melodic hard rocker (and easily the closest they ever get to formula AOR), but once they get that out of their system, ‘Skyscraper’ proves itself to be quite a kaleidoscopic sojourn through a healthy array of divergent influences. When you look at their collective musical backgrounds, the inclusion of everything from blues to funk, pop to rock isn’t all that surprising, but the fact that they’ve managed to distill them all into eleven cogent songs slabs of brooding melodic rock is.

I won’t pretend that the likes of ‘Stay’, ‘Clementine’, ‘Original Sin’ or the lengthy ‘Superman’ are an instant hit because in all honesty they ain’t, but the hooks are deceptively strong, the playing is excellent throughout, and after half a dozen or so spins, they really do begin to leave a lasting imprint on your subconscious mind.

Like I said, those after an instant hit would be better advised to look elsewhere, but if you’re searching for something a touch more substantial (a la latter day Winger), then ‘Skyscraper’ may just fit the bill nicely.

DAVE COCKETT

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  August 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
       1  2
  3  4  5  6  7  8  9
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 month, 2 weeks ago
  • Rocktopia Te : @kbm1983: Currently, all orders have to be be processed manually. This could take a few hours. Sorry for the delay, you shoulkd have received a mail containing download instructions by now. @ all: Pls. do not worry in case you see a PayPal transaction error message. Your order was received, pls. do not order the magazine twice. Many thanks for your understanding!
  • kbm1983 : Hi, I bought #91 earlier today but its still not in my downloads. Can you check it out please. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @ Man Shaped Wolf: You should have received a mail containing download instructions yesterday. Sorry for the delay!
  • Man Shaped W : Hey, same as defron but for 91 :) excited to read our review
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.
  • Berny : @rarock: Glad we were able to sort this out. Thanks for your purchase!
  • rarock : Hi there. I have similar problem with Issue 90, payed by Paypal, but doesnt show in Orders or in Downloads. Thanks for help
  • KI2000 : Thanks Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia!
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine
  • tomandpam : I ordered a download of #90 and it's not in my orders and I have the PayPal receipt. Can you help with this? Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Apologies for my late reply. Could you please contact me directly at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • zom414 : Trying to change my password but the security question won't accept my answer, can you help?
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site