|Dennis Develin - 'Tip Of The Tongue' (Perris Records)|
|Written by Ross Welford|
|Thursday, 10 May 2012 04:00|
It's fair to say that Dennis Develin likes old skool cock rock and the heavier, sleazier, dirtier side of glam - that's not to say he doesn't like a bit of fluff, it's just that his heart seems to be well and truly in his trousers. Nothing wrong with that from an RnR perspective and even the softer, catchier side of things get a Develin trouser twist in songs such as 'I Miss The Ladies Of The Eighties'.
In fact 'Tip Of The Tongue' is a worthy addition to your Friday night pre-gig ritual whilst you're spiking up the hair and slipping on some leggings. The whole album is catchy and well written and even though the lyrics can be cheesy at times, they'll make you smile and sing along - the fact I thought 'M.F. Man' was cheesy and rubbish yet three days later I'm still singing it is not lost on me - and the constant riffage of the Danish maestro is worthy of a listen. W.A.S.P. are a band that come to mind when listening to Develin, the darkness of Blackie Lawless and his band of snarling men are no doubt an influence, from their heavy chugging boisterous songs through to the softer balladering style that they sometimes let shine through.
The one issue and I think the major reason this won't sell (Or perhaps won't sell in large quantities as it could) is that Dennis isn't the best singer in the world. This really is an album that deserves a better vocalist than he is, and on the slower songs like 'Never Let You Go' the effect can be considerable - he might be able to get away with it on the fist pumping anthems but I've no doubt that If he re-recorded these songs with a confident, struttin' cock of a frontman rather than giving his strained larynx a workout, then I'd no doubt be raving about this like Fred West loves quick setting concrete.
I may not be playing this non-stop after this review but Dennis Develin is certainly a name that should pop up on Uber Rock again - the talent is there if he's prepared to let someone come in and put the finishing touches to his more than average work.
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