Title - 'Second Time Around'
Artist - Ian Danter
For those not in the know, Ian Danter is an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who released his debut album Prove You Wrong to great critical acclaim in 2013. Funnily enough, back in his homeland of England, Danter is also very well known as a sports broadcaster on talkSPORT Radio!
Aptly entitled Second Time Around Danter's sophomore album features 11 new songs all written and performed and sung by Danter on his own! Yep, the man likes his own space, people. Get over it! Recorded during various sessions in Birmingham in 2014 and 2015, the album gives classic rock a neat, modern twist, combining great hooks and catchy harmonies allied to strong, punchy performances and thoughtful, witty lyrics throughout.
1. "If My Truth Is a Lie"
2. "Mr Poison"
3. "Chinese Whispers"
4. "Love Fatigue"
5. "Second Time Around"
6. "We Believed"
7. "It All Comes Back to Rock"
8. "Simple As That"
9. "I Didn't Get Where I Am Today"
10. "I Love You More"
11. "Better Off Out of It (Than Worse Off Dead)"
His young Alice Cooper-esque vocal tone kicks things of in fine style on the brilliant "If My Truth Is a Lie," and he backs that up sweetly with both the "Mr Poison," and then the mid-tempo drift of "Chinese Whispers." Covering themes of religion, money, relationships and fame seeking, this classic rock-vibed album is just chock full, front-to-back with tracks that would have stolen the airwaves thunder from many a "hair band" back in the 80's and 90's!
It continues onward with the Poison-esque "Love Fatigue," and follows that with the title track ballad, "Second Time Around," the lovelorn storytelling of "We Believed," and then both the ball bustin' "It All Comes Back to Rock" ("I've seen you wear Nu Romantic, what's in a name, it's all semantics"), and the free flowing "Simple as That." Bringing this album to a close with the rocker "I Didn't Get Where I Am Today," the power ballad "I Love You More," and rounding the album out with the on fire "Better off out of It (Than Worse off Dead)," Danter is obviously a highly gifted solo artist, such is the quality of the songwriting, the vocals, and instrumentation, but is he a man (lost) out of time; musically?
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