‘Beyond The Fade’
2016 release from Frontiers Music srl.
Ted Poley – Vocals. Alessandro Del Vecchio – Drums, keyboards, backing vocals. Mario Percudani – Guitars. Anna Portalupi – Bass.
Artist location: New Jersey.
5 out of 5 stars rating.
Reviewed by David.
- Let’s Start Something.
- Everything We Are.
- Hands Of Love (Blonz cover).
- The Perfect Crime (Duet with Issa).
- Where I Lost You.
- You Won’t See Me Cryin’.
- We Are Young.
- Beneath The Stars.
The energetic, charismatic Danger Danger frontman, Ted Poley, returns with his first solo record of new material since 2007’s ‘Smile’, and he certainly delivers an album well worth the wait.
I will admit, I am a sucker for anything Poley sings. I love his voice, his energy and his obvious love for what he does, and having finally had the opportunity to see him live for the first time just a few short months ago (Click here to read my review of the outstanding concert) I have more respect for him and his music even more then before and I have been looking forward to this release since I first heard the rumblings that it may happen. I was not disappointed in the least.
With songs penned by the likes of folks like Joe Lynn Turner, Tony Bruno and Vega’s Martin brothers and released by Frontiers Music srl, you know that song quality and production quality are top notch.
Then you have the band. We have Italian rocker and Hungryheart mastermind Mario Percudani on guitars. Hardline bassist Anna Portalupi on bass. Then add to that an extremely talented man that seems to have a hand in almost every band out there at the moment, the great Alessandro Del Vecchio, on drums, keyboards and backing vocals. And of course the man behind the mic, Poley himself, sounding just as great as ever. If you didn’t know better you would swear he could have recorded these songs the same time he did D2’s debut album back in 1989, that is how superb the man still sounds here 27 years later.
So obviously there is no lack of talent on this record. And does it ever show as there is almost nothing to be found negative about the album, period.
While the songs were all written by others, the album is still a Poley record and he makes each song his very own. If you have enjoyed his other albums then you are bound to love this one. Delivering the best solo album we have ever had from him, Ted gives us a set of eleven perfect songs the way only he can do.
Starting things off right with a very strong track, the aptly titled ‘Let’s Start Something’, before moving into an equally strong number, ‘Everything We Are’, it is quickly apparent we are in for a real musical treat with the record.
Without slowing down we head into track three and are given a song that most of us are likely already familiar with, the Joe Lynn Turner/Tony Bruno penned ‘Hands Of Love’ taken from an extremely underrated classic of an album, Blonz 1990 self titled record. Poley does a terrific job with the cover and stays true to the original while also giving it the Poley treatment.
The next track, ‘The Perfect Crime, is a duet with Issa, who I am sure most of us are familiar with, if not then make sure to check out her music, a great voice with some fantastic albums. This ballad is one of the strongest tracks of the album and the two voices complement each other well with one of the best vocal deliveries of the record from Poley.
‘Stars’ is, in my opinion, the weakest track on the album. It is by no means a bad song, just lacking a little in the chorus. With that being said, it is still a great track.
‘Higher’ is another of the top moments in the record and is a fun, upbeat track with a fantastic chorus. Check out the link at the top of the page to see the music video and hear for yourself.
‘Where I Lost You’ and ‘You Won’t See Me Cryin” are both great mid-tempo tracks that lead to another standout, the excellent track ‘We Are Young’.
The great upbeat track ‘Sirens’ is next and that leads us to the final track the fantastic ‘Beneath The Stars’, which is yet another outstanding vocal from Ted.
The album is everything you could hope for in a Ted Poley release, or in a melodic rock release period. Outstanding musicians, excellent vocals and some pure melodic rock songs with great melodies and fantastic hooks.
How anyone could not like this genre of music is completely beyond me. In a fair world every one of these artists would be household names, selling millions of records and selling out arenas the world over. But for those of us who do know and appreciate the music, love it and breathe it, this is a record for us, melodic rock at it’s best. Do not hesitate to pick it up.
‘Let’s Start Something’.
‘Everything We Are’.
‘Hands Of Love’.
‘The Perfect Crime’.
‘We Are Young’.
‘Beneath The Stars’.