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CD review DAN REED NETWORK "Fight Another Day"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Juni 2016 von Markus W. in Dan Reed Network, Dan Reed, Hardrock, Rock, Alternative Rock, News, CD Review

(7/10) It was a year ago when Dan Reed released with "Transmission" his third solo album. It wasn't the best release of the musician from Portland, Oregon. Too many average songs have found a spot on the tracklist which led to an hardrock album that doesn't belong to the real thrilling ones.

After having had this experience I was curious about the next album of his Dan Reed Network and luckily enough, songs are much better than what he out on his solo album. It almost looks like he kept these tunes for "Fight Another Day" or he needed 'the network' to push him and the band to a high level.

After having had a successful time in the late 80's / early 90's Dan Reed Network didn't release new stuff since "The Heat" back in 1991. "Fight Another Day" is therefore a kind of comeback disc for the four-piece and it shows, that the break wasn't a too bad decision. Dan Reed Network sounds refreshing, keeping their mix of hardrock, funk and even reggae ("Save the World") alive.

There isn't any real downer on this longplayer. From the grooving opener "Divided" to the a bit more complex arranged bouncer "Stand Tall", "Fight Another Day" includes melodic rock songs that are catchy and easy to listen to. A highlight is the already mentioned "Save the World". The reggae influences give this tune a different expression while still fitting into the context of the other tracks.

"Fight the Wold" is an entertaining hardrock album that shows Dan Reed Network back in old strength. If you liked the sound of DRN in the past you can easily go for this album too. It's timeless rock music with a strong melodic side and a wider musical approach. Good time summer music.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Divided
  2. The Brave
  3. Infected
  4. Champion
  5. Ignition
  6. Give it Love
  7. B There With U
  8. Save the World
  9. Eye of the Storm
  10. Reunite
  11. Heaven
  12. Sharp Turn
  13. Stand Tall

 

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Melodic Rock

Release Date EU: June 3rd, 2016

CD review DAN REED NETWORK "Fight Another Day"
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CD review DAN REED "Transmission"

Veröffentlicht am 27. März 2015 von Markus W. in Dan Reed, Rock, CD Review, News

(5/10) I was happy when I got the new album from Dan Reed, formerly Dan Reed Network. But I must say that the disillusionment followed quite quickly. But let's take one at a time.

The third solo album from Dan Reed contains thirteen songs that have been recorded in Prague. "Transmission", the name of the new album, can be really seen as a solo release since Dan Reed was, next to the vocals, also doing all the guitars and keyboards.

So far so good. Actually the album also starts quite OK with songs like "Broken soul" and "Roll the dice". But already with the third track things get less exciting. "Drive" is the name of the number and I have to say that the tune misses the 'drive'.

And it continues that way. The longplayer drifts towards the end without having a real highlight or a song that stand out. And longplayer really stand for 'long' in this context. The mood stays very much on a same level throughout the album and I had the feeling that "Transmission" never really gets started. 

So, my happiness got confronted with reality and I must say that if I want to listen to this kind of music I will go back to the old Lighthouse Family records. Not my cup of tea.

 

(5/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Broken soul
  2. Roll the dice
  3. Drive
  4. Anywhere but here
  5. Bending the light
  6. Arm yourself
  7. Fire in the pyramid
  8. You're all I need
  9. On the metro
  10. Ear to the track
  11. What dreams may come
  12. Already there
  13. She's not you

 

Label: AOR Heaven

Genre: Rock

CD review DAN REED "Transmission"
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