Κυριακή, 11 Οκτωβρίου 2009

Verity - Interrupted Journey


John Verity has been jobbing around the music scene since the sixties forming one band after another. He was spotted by Rod Argent and asked if he'd be interested in joining Argent as vocalist as the band's original singer Russ Ballard had departed. He stuck with them for a few years tasting a modicum of success before Argent decided to disband the group. Verity then decided to try his hand at producing before going back into the studio with a new band and producing Interrupted Journey. I use the term band loosely because various people have been invited along to contribute – including Rod Argent, Russ Ballard and Mike Rutherford.This is a surprisingly good album that's worn well over the years. Sure it's hard rock with an AOR bent but there's a solid journeyman approach to the project that retains its credibility. Tracks like "Rescue Me", "Just Another Day (In The Life Of A Fool)" and "Are You Ready For This" will never win any awards for originality but there is an integrity and belief inherent in Verity's powerful voice and proficient guitar playing that makes you sit up and listen. Even powerful ballads like "Fallin'" and "In The Arms Of Someone Else" sound fresh and meaningful. There's an absolutely superb version of "Stay With Me Baby" and special mention must be given to "It's Comin' Right". The song is so much like Styx I was looking for credits for Dennis De Young and Tommy Shaw on backing vocals!

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