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DAME FORTUNE The Secret Art Raido Records (2009)

'The Secret Art' is the 3rd album to be released by L.A band Dame Fortune and is their first for 5 years. Produced by KISS associate, and one time Cinderella drummer, Kevin Valentine, the album is a slice of classic hard rock that will appeal to fans of Motley Crue, G níR, Aerosmith and the like.

David Blakeís vocals lie somewhere between Motley Crueís Vince Neil and Warrantís Jani Lane- in a good way- and when you mix this with the bandís hook -laden and catchy songs, you get an album that many a bigger band would be proud of.

'Perpetual Emotion Machine' was co-written with Richard Davis, a member of The Eagles touring band, and is without a doubt the catchiest track on the album, bassist Jeff Wireís vocals giving the track an almost Dogs DíAmour feel to it. 'The Days Are Just Packed' has a pop rock feel to it that reminds me of Cheap Trick, whilst 'Santa Ana Blues' feels a bit like an Alice Cooper in a blues mood - none of these comparisons should be taken in a bad way as the band have created a great album in 'The Secret Art'.

Other highlights include 'I Only Miss You When I Breathe', 'Secret Rulers (of The World To Be)' and the albumís ballad 'Good For What Ails You'. 'A Special Place' is a dark, heavier number written about a drug dealer who contributed to the death of a friend of the band and believe me, they are angry!!

This is an album that should appeal to a number of rock fans, but will need to be well promoted in order to find itís audience.


Review by Nikk Gunns

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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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