MADISON PAIGE Famous Last Words (Without The World Records)(2004)
Debut release from the band that consists of Will Arkosy (bass),
Paul Caroul (vocals), Richie Rivera (drums/vocals) and Damon Valley
(guitars/vocals). It's a melodic rock record with a nod to classic
Bon Jovi and Winger but with a healthy does of modern rock of say
Nickelback and the excellent Escape Music signing Panik. The sound of
the drums sounds a tad under produced to my ears in parts but as we
all know big budgets and music rarely go together nowadays.
Plenty to enjoy including `Hold Me Over', showing another band
strength in the harmonies underpinning the choruses of songs and
heartfelt balladry of `Heaven In Hand', where vocalist Paul Caroul
shows his worth. My personal favourate track on here has to
be `Nothing Denied' that lends itself to airplay - the sort of song
Bon Jovi should be doing nowadays. Curveball of the album goes
to `Any Day Now' which rattles along with double time drumming and
metallic guitars - have I stumbled into a power metal album?
Seriously, it is a welcome change of pace and a cracking song - love
the drums and guitar riffs.
An exceptionally strong debut release that will please fans of
80's melodic hard rock and those who hanker for a more modern sound.
Good to see them striving for their own sound and style as well,
rather than mimic current `flavour of the month' sounds. In the
current climate of all things rock and with a bit of luck this band
could go far.
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