DANNY DANZI Danziland |
(MTM Music MTm068194) (2004)
Follow-up to Danny Danzi’s 1999 debut album with Danzi on vocals/guitars,
Andy Slostad (guitars), Wayne Davis (bass), Timmy Lloyd (drums) and Phil
Buckleman (keyboards). After a short special effects intro it’s into
pedal-to-the-metal on ‘Danziland’. Nice chunky riffing and choral effect
backing vocals, party time rock a la Y& T/Kiss. The guitars are high in the
mix and Danzi shows he is no slouch when it comes to soloing. Tune of the
album has to be ‘Eternity’, where it sounds like early Survivor - nice! In
fact as a vocal comparison ex-Survivor vocalist Dave Bickler is perhaps the
nearest to Danzi.
‘Let It Go’ has the classic touches - piano/vocal intro before launching
into a catchy chorus and again it reminds of classic Survivor. ‘Time Passes
By’ is a slow burner featuring some classy soloing again from Danzi. The
European release gets the bonus track, ‘What About Us’, a gentle acoustic
based number and worth the addition to the album.
Nice package all round with good production (nice touch in segueing the
tracks together), quality cover artwork and of course some killer tunes.
Deserves a wide audience although sadly a small but dedicated fan base only
ever knows about melodic rock gems like this album. Spread the word and
welcome to Danziland!
Review by Jason Ritchie