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DOUBLE CROSS ‘Time After Time’ (TB Records) (2003)

Double Cross

I believe that "Time After Time" is one of the best AOR albums of 2003 I understand that this comes as a big statement from my part, especially since we are talking about the band's debut CD, but I'm challenging each and every one of you to prove me wrong. This CD has everything: Beautiful Guitar solos and melodies, massive band vocals, a solid and reliable rhythm section and passionate vocals. Pete Lakin's keyboard melodies combine beautifully with Stephen Kelly's guitar work. Then comes Rick Chase with his beautiful voice, followed by Gareth Franks on the Bass guitar and Steve Philpotts on the drums...Honestly I am speechless! I am pretty sure that that's how Bob Catley (Magnum) felt when he listened to this band's work and decided to provide them with his backing vocals.

I've listened to the album on my way to work and it really "made my day". After the last same-titled song I simply pushed the play button and listened to the album right from the start! "Time after Time" is a twelve track CD which will not easily allow you to choose your favourites - maybe because all the songs are "easy-listening" and quite catchy. I would say (with great difficulty) that "Valley of the Kings" is my favourite song of the album - partly because of my origin, but also because it's one hell of a song! "Reach Out" is the opening track of the CD - wise choice from the band using a really good song as an opener but letting us wait for the best to come. There is a parade of beautiful songs in this CD with "When Two Worlds Collide", "Don't Walk Away", "Only the Strong" and "My Heart Belongs To You" leading the way.

I could be writing about this album for hours but I feel that there is no point doing that! Double Cross love playing music and "Time After Time" is the living proof of that. I really hope that this is just the beginning, but I am pretty sure that if they continue having fun with their music, everything will be fine!


Review by John Stefanis

***** 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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