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DARE ‘The Power Of Nature’ MTM (2005)

This is a live recording made at the 2004 Deep Impact festival in Germany. Dare are a band of two distinct halves -the debut album ‘Abandon’, an AOR classic and the 90’s onwards output that is symphonic/atmospheric rock, not unlike Runrig’s 90’s output.

This live set dips into both eras with only vocalist Darren Wharton remaining from the original line-up. Highlights include the atmospheric ‘Silent Hills’ (a track that has been getting daytime airplay on BBC Radio 2 of all places), ‘Some Day and two gems from the debut album, ‘Into The Fire’ and ‘Abandon’ -strangely absent on the track listing on this advance copy. Pretty good live sound throughout bar the drums which sound slightly ‘tinny’ on a couple of tracks.

Dare are one of the many underrated bands out there and deserve a much wider audience -definately one for lovers of well played, atmospheric rock music (latter day Runrig, Asia et al). There is also a companion DVD release that includes interviews with Darren Wharton plus all the songs on this live CD.


Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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