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SILVER 'Addiction' MTM Music (2004)

Crikey, does Gary Barden never sleep nowadays? This year alone we’ve had the excellent Statetrooper comeback album ‘The Calling’, then a varied and enjoyable solo album and now this, Silver’s new album. Silver is Gary Barden with Michael Voss (Casanova/Demon Drive) plus assorted guests. Not as many guests as the last album ‘Intruder’, although Deep Purple’s Don Airey returns. Joining him are drummers Marco Minnemann and Andreas Broon (ex-Sisters of Mercy), plus Radioactive’s Tommy Denander helps out on guitars as well.

Overall ‘Addiction’ is not as heavy as ‘Intruder’ but it still has those melodies you can’t shake out of your head. ‘Never Let you Go’ is pure AOR bliss, catchy and sticks in your mind after one play. ‘Angeline’ is full of electronica and a soaring guitar solo midway through. Gary Barden’s vocals are a highlight and then shine through clearly on ‘Why Did You Come Back’, a brooding number. Album highlight is ‘This Is My Life’ that has a glorious chorus (and a great little lyric ‘Until she cuts his pride off’!) - full of harmonies and again there are plenty of keys and electronic effects fleshing out the song.

The guitars do take more of a backseat on this album and less hard rocking, but it is still a damn fine album. Sadly only a studio-based project as it would be great to Silver perform on stage. With any of the Silver albums you can’t go wrong and add them all to your CD collection pronto!

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Review by Jason Ritchie

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***** 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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