|Danny Vaughn Traveller||Frontiers Records|
Danny Vaughn is one of rock n roll's true survivors. Making his debut with British rockers Waysted (fronting their most acclaimed release), he went on to form Tyketto, a band which recorded one of the all time great melodic rock records ever (the debut Don't Come Easy). He then scaled it back a notch with the earthier, stripped back approach of Vaughn and tackled pure melodic rock again in the acclaimed From The Inside project.|
I'm a long time fan, so I'd have a hard time no recommending all of the above to those that may not be familiar with the man. Check out the Tyketto debut and the last Vaughn album Fearless.
Danny has now started a new page with a UK backing band and the new, simpler moniker of his own name.
Traveller is Danny Vaughn's new birth, but the sound is a familiar one. Mix a little Tyketto (Strength In Numbers more so) and the earthier Vaughn records and update the sound a little with a stronger electric guitar presence.
That gives you the new sound, which to be honest, isn't far removed from what we all know and love. For those that don't know – it is a hybrid of American classic melodic rock with a certain stadium feel, but a down to earth vibe that showcases an emotional depth many singers would love to emulate.
This album sounds better if played uninterrupted from start to finish. That's a compliment to the material and to the feel of the album, as true to the title of the album, you do feel as if you are taken on a journey of some type.
Previous DV records have always had their stand out tracks, but on this occasion I find it hard to single out any few tracks, preferring rather to enjoy it as a start to finish body of work – how all albums should be I guess! (But many aren't…)
The only suggestion I could make to improve the record would be a little more emphasis on a chorus or two. I still long for the days of Tyketto's 'hands in the air with every chorus' approach.
Miracle Days is a tough opener, with a driving guitar riff and solid chorus. It runs perfectly into the likeminded Badlands Rain.
The title track Traveller is where we hear a little acoustic guitar for the first time and a sound which will be familiar to all Vaughn fans, especially with the very enjoyable chorus.
From here the album flows seamlessly into another strong melodic rocker Restless Blood. Some really fine vocals here from Danny, using the full force and emotion of his skills.
That's What She Says is a quirky rocker with a cool groove and is one that grows on you with each listen.
The Touch of Your Hand is a beautiful, emotional and soulful ballad that picks up tempo as it goes. Another sublime vocal.
Lifted is classic Danny Vaughn. Tyketto, Vaughn, you name it – you know the style, but it never gets tiring when delivered with such spirit.
The Warrior's Way is a darker and tougher rocker, complete with angst filled vocal. It isn't the most instant of numbers, but fits the run of the album and is followed up with a contrasting number – the more acoustic driven The Measure of a Man to great effect.
Think of Me In The Fall is another very laid back, very placid and soulful acoustic ballad, which features another amazing lead vocal from Danny.
Death of The Tiger is a moody, more aggressive rocker in the same vein as Restless Blood.
Closing the album is Better By Far, another acoustic song that showcases Danny's voice and a song which brings a relaxed close to an otherwise emotional record.
I'm still very fond of the last Vaughn album and also the From The Inside project. This is another melodic rock highlight as expected.
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