Released: 2005, Escape Music/Atenzia Records
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Great Britain's Change Of Heart released their self titled debut in 1998, and a few years later, released the follow up CONTINUUM. The band did pretty well both with media and fans, but it was shortly after that problems occurred on the horizon. Trevor Hart (drums) and Gary Howe (bass) left the band, with no further explanation. Other members were busy playing with either cover bands or other projects, and the only remaining true member left was singer Alan Clark, who continued writing material for the upcoming album.
Instead of searching for new members, the remaining bandmembers decided to hire studio musicians to fill the void. Clark takes care of the bass play, while members of the band FM play drums and b-vox. CoH offers melodic hardrock in the harder school--sometimes, the balance is a thin line indeed between melodic hardrock and melodic rock, however.
The focus is, not surprisingly, put on lead vocals, sharp guitar play, and keyboards. When you listen to this album, one gets a lot of 80’s vibes...and I’m not sure they are intended. Musical similarities can be found with bands like early Bon Jovi, Boston, Journey and (of course) FM.
Clark fits in really well on lead vocals in this band; his voice has exactly what it takes to sing this kind of music and his fellow musicians are excellent. The guesting musicians are Pete Jupp on drums, Steve Morris on acoustic guitar (not from FM) and Steve Overland on b-vox (lead singer and guitarist in the band FM), who manage this music quite well--but that’s not so strange when one thinks of the musical similarities with their original band, FM. (I remember that band--do you?)
TRUTH OR DARE was recorded in Jelly Jam Studios in Great Britain with Steve Morris together with Steve Overland, who have done an excellent job on the production, much as they did on the debut. Steve has created a nice musical landscape for the band to wander around in on all the 11 tracks.
Alan Clark must have put alot of time into the material, because all of the songs are really strong. The best ones are “Burned”, “Farlands”, “Falling From The World”, “Taking Over My Time” and “I Will Remember You”. The only negative thing about this album is all the boring love-oozing ballads, which I can’t stand--and unfortunately, there are a lot of them.
For some reason, I tend to forget the songs when I take the album out of my CD player--none of the songs stick in your brain. I don’t think I ever have forgotten songs as soon as I turn off an album, but with CoH, I do. But for all of you Journey, FM and Boston lovers out there...this album is for you.