DEACON STREET PROJECT, for a change a project with quite well known members in the Melodic Rock genre, in this case Tommy Denander (RADIOACTIVE/SAYIT) and Chris Demming (SPIN GALLERY), enriched with people like Johansen (IGNITION), Jamie Meyer (Popstars), Bruce Gaitsch (Richard Marx, Madonna), Marcel Jacob (TALISMAN, Yngwie), Magnus Weinemo (SPIN GALLERY), Lars Chriss (LION'S SHARE) and Jeff Northrup (XYZ), haven’t had one of those in a while…
Well, musically the whole thing is heralded as JOURNEY, GIANT and TOTO, at least the first two bands I am pretty firm with, so the hopes were there, even though in the past months almost all supergroups of Melodic Rock have disappointed me. Tommy himself said: “If you're a serious fan of classy melodic rock you won't be disappointed with the quality of this release“, so finally the exception to this not so good rule?
Well, the answer is a clear yes and no, because the direction definitely is right, but DEACON STREET PROJECT just do not reach the class of the mentioned acts. Yes, the compositions without a doubt super catchy and nicely melodic, I would honestly not have expected something else from this style, but this project at times is so harmless that you could throw the CD full force at someone and it would not hurt… (Don’t do this at home, folks, I take no responsibility for your actions!)
The opener “Radio“ is most classic Melodic Rock with very good melodies and all, basically a very good start, which continues in fashion with “Changes”. The beginning of “Caught Up In Fear Of Loving” almost sounds like TOTO’s “Borderline”, but does not reach its quality. So far so good, but the main problem is that there is a whole bunch of songs still to come afterwards and it gets damn fluffy at times, “Love Got A Hold On Me“ is a good example for this and the rest also is not too gripping anymore (with the exception of the a bit more guitary “Find Me A Meaning“ and riffy “I Don’t Mind“, the most probably best song of the album), which is a pity as the start had shown that they are capable of pulling it off.
OK, so the songs are well written and played, very catchy and with good melodies and all, but for one next to nothing stays stuck and secondly they hardly grip you and there also are no innovations whatsoever, so a nice album, but who has 15 Euro for a “nice“ album these days? (Online March 21, 2004)