Title: FourplayLabel: Escape Music
is the much-anticipated fourth release from Californian Hard
Rockers Talon, with three very different albums, with three
different vocalists under their belts. Album number
four sees the band return to hard edged rock of their
self-titled debut release, a taste of which we found in
places on the third album ‘III’.
the real attention for this new album should be the return
of Michael O’Mara to the band as lead vocalist, taking the
place of Shawn Pelata and joining stalwarts Kory Voxen, Jim
Kee, Phill Kee and John Parker on what is the definite
return of Talon. This is a band that so impressed many
when the played the Gods Festival. This Talon with its claws
sharpened and ready to rock.
album gets underway with a sheer ball of rock entitled
‘Spun’, a real taste of what Talon are all about and fans
of their debut album will automatically say this the band coming
back to their roots and delivering good, honest, riff laden
continue on the Hard Rock path with the excellent ‘Sin
City Sister’, a really ballsy rocker that has more edge
than a bucket full of razors, with the twin guitars of Voxen
and Kee bringing in a touch of that 80’s riff laden rock that
made this genre what it is.
is a tip to sleaze driven 80’s once more with the
wonderful ‘Holly Would’, then it's time for one of the
highlights of the album, the excellent ‘Set Me Free’.
is Talon and O’Mara at their very, very best.
band show their mellower side with the ballad ‘Tonight’,
again O’Mara shows what has been missing from the band
since the debut. An almost flawless vocal that really
talent of the man behind the mike.
all systems go with the raunchy riff filled ‘It’s a Fine
Line Between Love and Lust’ and harder edged ‘Evil’,
with the latter letting Voxen and Kee really burn up the
Don’t Wanna Cry’ brings a little AOR inspired rock into
the mix, before the big licks come streaming back with the
excellent dirty rock of ‘Love Is Like A Drug To Me’ and
the powerful rich melody of ‘Raise ‘Em High’.
But it’s the hard rocking elements of this album that really hit the mark and the album closes with two monsters. First up it's ‘Hole In My Head’, another great big slab of guitar laden Hard Rock, then the album closer is pure ear-candy, ‘There Ain’t Nothin’ In The World Like A Rockin’ Band’, which is a semi-acoustic masterstroke that just builds from acoustic to full on electric with such ease, you can't even see the join. This wraps up what is without a doubt the bands best release to date.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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