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A good solid album that mixes simple pop/rock in the style of Stage Dolls and Bryan Adams with a contemporary modern edge.

Another debut release on Andrew McNiece's Melodic Rock label, All I Know are a young Belgian trio who were formed in 2005 and were brought up on the music of the 80s from their parents' record collection. The full time members of the band are vocalist/guitarist Ward D, bassist Amely M and guitarist/vocalist Michael N, with drums supplied by additional musicians Karel De Backer and Bram Steemans. Despite recording this album independently last year they couldn't get any label interest going, until now.

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All I Know have a cool and instantly appealing sound based on simple melodies, big hooks and an infectious groove, with the raspy vocals of Ward D bringing Bryan Adams to mind, and without a trace of an accent too. Guitar-based punchy AOR is the order of the day with the Belgians strutting confidently through upbeat rockers like 'All Night Long', 'Into The Heart' and the Stage Dolls-like 'I Need You', each with simple uncluttered arrangements and a clean and clear sound, whilst others like 'Bad Boy' and 'All The Way' follow a more energetic rock and roll path. There are a couple of good lighter moments in the melancholy power ballad 'Asphyxia' and the heartfelt 'Hope And Dreams' which closes the album in a very classy way, whilst my personal favourites may well be 'Rain', a simply excellent melodic rock tune with good dynamics and a great chorus, and 'Turn Back Time', which is more in the gritty hard rock mould and probably the heaviest track on the album.

With a clear production with nice airy separation of the instruments, 'Vanity Kills' is a good solid album that mixes simple pop/rock in the style of Stage Dolls and Bryan Adams with a contemporary modern edge. Hopefully it'll be the first of many.

Phil Ashcroft

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