David A. Saylor - 'Kiss Of Judas'

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David A. Saylor - 'Kiss Of Judas'

As pure a traditional AOR record as you could hope to hear in 2014.

For those not familiar with him, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist David A. Saylor moved from the US to the UK in the early 1980s, where a varied musical career included being the singer for eighties Melodic Rockers Push UK. After the Indie-label AOR Blvd put out an album of old Push UK demos in 2010, Saylor followed it up with the well-received solo album 'City Of Angels' in 2012. 'Kiss Of Judas' is his second solo album for the label, and again he's done a fine job on what must have been a tight budget.

As pure a traditional AOR record as you could hope to hear in 2014, 'Kiss...' is a short, eight-track offering that provides just five new tracks written by Saylor himself. However, it's quality over quantity with perfectly crafted guitars and subtle keyboard frills on 'If Only', 'True Reflection' and 'Tonight', each with Saylor's rich vocals giving them an air of old-school AOR like it used to be. The gentle ballad 'Ana' is another winner, whilst 'Now I'm Free' has a little more edge to it and the brilliant title-track is everything that's great about well-written AOR and comes from the pen of ex-Blackfoot Sue, Liner and Outside Edge twin brothers Tom and David Farmer. The final two songs, 'Stand Up And Fight' and 'Strange World', are acoustic versions of songs from the posthumous Push UK album, and here they are beautifully re-imagined with strong vocals, exquisite guitar and layer upon layer of textured backing vocals.



Helped only by guitarist Huwey Lucas, bassist Paul Prior and drummer Lars Wickett on 'Ana' (Wickett also plays on 'If Only'), a few guitar solos by David Mark Pearce, and three female backing vocalists, Saylor has done a fine job of putting together such a classy collection of tunes. Harking back to a time when song-writing was king, David A. Saylor has created another fine example of a genre that sadly used to have more finesse and style than it does today, and for that he should be applauded.

Phil Ashcroft

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