Title: Long Way DownLabel: Frontiers Records
the release of the Three Lions release in April last year,
Nigel Bailey did not rest on his laurels and took this new
unification with Frontiers to the next level, with the first solo
release under the Bailey banner entitled ‘Long Way
the album under the Bailey surname and not full on Nigel
Bailey, this marks a mutual respect between all those
involved on the release, Mario Percudani: Electric, Acoustic
and Slide Guitars, Alessandro Mori: Drums, Keyboards by Alessandro Del Vecchio,
with additional backing vocals by Andy Bailey and Alessandro
album opens up with a blaze of keyboard and guitars in
typical Bailey style of the Three Lions album, but the
guitars have a more dirty hard rock edged on ‘Feed The
Flames’, that gives it that familiar British Hard Rock
sound. This harder edged theme continues with the excellent
‘In The Name Of The King’, which takes a step sidewards
from the sound we heard of Three Lions, which all goes to
help make this
album sound like the solo
album it was meant to be. Just because of its diverse
elements, this is album will have the listener ever on their
up it’s the rocking ‘Dirty Little Secret’, where
Bailey explores that AOR vibe but embroils a little more
grittier guitar sound into. The mix again is very reminiscent of
the classic British Hard Rock sound we all grew up on.
is said before this is a very diverse release as Bailey
brings in some modern-day rock sounds on the excellent
‘Bad Reputation’. This one has a funky edge that will appeal
the listeners of Black Country Communion in parts.
back to the more hard edged stylings with ‘Stay’, a song
that has a little Thin Lizzy in its roots for me. Then
pure AOR courtesy of ‘Somewhere in Oslo’, before the
title track ‘Long Way Down’, again taking that sidewards
step and bringing a little more heat into the mix once more, as
it delivers both that modern rock edge intertwined with
enough nostalgic parts to keep the old school hooked.
the Night' is the obligatory ballad of the album, as Bailey
shows his mellow side while at the same time still keeping
to the format of the album. Then it's back to the rockier
side of things with ‘Love Falls Down’ and 'Ticket To
Yesterday’, two songs that wouldn’t have been amiss on
the Three Lions album.
The album closes on one of my favourites of the album ‘Dirty Angel’, this is hard rocking at its very best. A real barnstormer to close off a great album that has so many different influences. It's one of those albums that is hard to pigeonhole and for this reason will have mass appeal to all lovers of great hard rock.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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