|Joey Summer - 'One Bite From Paradise' (Perris Records)|
|Written by Rob Watkins|
|Wednesday, 09 May 2012 04:15|
'One Bite From Paradise' could be a rather apt title in respect of the artist Joey Summer, who hails from Rio de Janeiro, the cultural capital of Brazil; so chill out and come with me as I search to see if I've found some American Orientated Rock paradise....
'OBFP' kickstarts the opus with a shortened moody, spoken word piece accompanied by atmospheric keyboards, and this leads in nicely to the title track, a chugging hard rocking tune that slides back and forth between the melodic heaviness of the six string instrument and some softer harmonic moments. 'Running Through The Night', again, delivers another biting guitar riff amidst all the goings on expected from this sort of overpopulated American orientated type of release.
'No Margin For Error' is a slow paced album track at best and this could unashamedly be said of 'Addicted To Your Love'. The obvious inclusion of the ballad piano piece rears up in the shape of 'From Miles Away', a decent enough effort and, whilst on the subject of effort, a deserved shout should go out to Joey Summer for not only playing most of the instruments herein but also for his production, engineering and mastering on this recording.
The songs almost hit the mark but fall just a bit short with the lack of essential killer hooks but, having uttered those scandalous words, there is a likeable edge to this collection of '80s influenced songs. No offence intended to Joey Summer but in my humble opinion tracks like 'That's What I'm Waiting For' would benefit a tad more from a different vocalist with more strength and depth to his performance; 'Sailor On The Moon' is another perfect example of this, 'It's Only Your Love' another well crafted songwriting attempt but it's those slightly flat vocals that kill off the commercial opportunities, unfortunately.
'The Prize Of Love' has some neatly laid out musical passages and progressions but all a little too late in the overall piece for musical salvation; the finale to the release is another well put together tune, 'No One's Gonna Hurt Me Anymore', again, acceptability to a certain level.
One Bite From Paradise....cryptically maybe......
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