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
Review by Jason Ritchie