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A must for all West Coast/AOR/Melodic Rock fans.

The multi-talented Australian Dion Bayman is back with his fourth release, and the follow-up to 2014's critically acclaimed 'Afterburn'. Fans of 'Afterburn' are going to love this new album, which continues in a similar AOR/West Coast style, albeit a tad on the heavier side.

Multi-talented is a description often over-used. However, not in Bayman's case as on 'Don't Look Down' he writes all the songs, handles all the vocals, plays all the instruments, he's also responsible for recording, producing, mixing and mastering it. The production is first-class, even if a little over-compressed. With 'Don't...' Bayman has once again highlighted his exceptional song-writing skills, which embodies big melodies, huge choruses, loads of keyboards and crunching guitars.

Bayman showcases ten original, top class songs, and you can hear influences from a plethora of classic AOR/Melodic Rock artists. The album kicks off with arguably Bayman's heaviest song to date, the ultra-catchy 'One More Reason', a Bon Jovi style Rocker. '24 Hours a Day' continues in a Bryan Adams/Brad Darrid style, whilst the ultra "radio-friendly" 'Keep Coming Back' tips its hat to Rick Springfield. 'For You' has a Richard Marx style, and any AOR album of this magnitude would not be complete without a Journey influence, and 'This Time' is that track.

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My personal favourite is the magnificent 'Had To Let You Know', with its massive keyboard riff; this should be huge, and could have huge crossover appeal in the Pop market. 'Open Your Heart' and 'Last One' have a more contemporary sound similar to Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty respectively, and are a complete contrast to 'It's Only Love' with its eighties style synthesisers that give it a real retro feel, but rarely detracts the listener from another wonderfully well-written song. That just leaves the glorious piano-driven 'Before My Eyes' to conclude a truly fantastic AOR album.

Dion Bayman is another artist who would have been ruling the airwaves had this been 1986. 'Don't Look Down' is a "must" for all West Coast/AOR/Melodic Rock fans, and surely the summer soundtrack for 2016.

Mark Donnelly

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