I am writing this review not really having planned it, however, a few days ago I found myself listening to “Reach” the new CD from melodic rockers Tyketto while I was reorganizing my office before the new year began. Now admittedly, I was a fan of Tyketto from way back when their first CD came out and I was eagerly anticipating the new CD mainly because Chris Green was the guitar player for this CD and ever since finding out about him from C.J. Snare on the “Rubicon Cross” CD and having Chris on my radio show “Live From Music City” a few time, I was completely blown away by his body of work including his old band “Furyon” from England.
That being said, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Tyketto hadn’t put out new music in a few years and even then I wasn’t familiar with their last release. I hadn’t even heard about it. Would Danny Vaughn still have those amazing pipes from before? Would the hooks and soaring melodies which are a trademark of Tyketto’s songwriting from the yesteryear still be prevalent? How would the mesh of new musicians gel in the new songs? Could they capture the former glory of “Forever Young” or “Wings?” So many unanswered questions, but I promised I would buy the CD on the day it became available in the US and I did just that. I love supporting those I respect musically as making any money in this industry is enormously hard as is getting any real buzz about your music. Unfortunately, I didn’t really get a chance to sit and listen to the CD until a few days ago and I played it over and over again all day and night while I rearranged everything in site. I was completely enthralled in the music and didn’t even realize how long I had been listening to it.
I was completely shocked at how good the CD as a whole was. There literally wasn’t one weak song in the whole package and there are 13 songs on there! The hooks and melodies were most certainly still there. Vaughn sounded like he hadn’t aged a day and still brought huge vocals in a powerhouse style we rarely here anymore. The musicians sounded like they had been playing together their whole life. It was like there completely in lock-step with each other with every beat, every note and every musical idea was from a unit instead of one or two musicians with other people just playing parts meaning there is a real defining energy to this project. Not one song was lacking a hook. Not one. You could literally remember and sing back every song after hearing it just once. How effing often does that happen? Almost never.
I have a really hard time picking highlights for the CD as the whole things is so damn good it’s ridiculous. But here are the ones I guess stand out a bit more than the rest to me and I do mean barely at all. “Reach” is a big, bombastic, all-out hit single. It switches between mid-tempo acoustic versus to huge choruses that create an impressive dynamic range. “I Need It Now” starts off with a plodding drum and bass rhtym highlighted by guitar swells and glissando effects promptly moving into a funk like single note melodic line for the verses. Then it takes off into a four-on-the-floor straight ahead rocker and a nice vocal breakdown section. “Tearing Down The Sky” starts of with a fiery little guitar line that breaks into a syncopated guitar rhythm Ala “Forever Young”. Flowing, clean guitars fill the verses into heavy, forceful choruses that run into a face-melting solo. “The Fastest Man Alive” is a straight ahead rocker that is pushed by a funky finger picked clean rhythm guitar. They chorus is of course a hooky, powerful section with huge chords that allow themselves to breathe but never losing steam. ”Remember My Name” starts with a swampy feel of a clean almost “dobroish” sounding electric guitar that sucks you right into the muck and jumps right into a catchy, funky verse section. The chorus captures a huge hook with “Love is easy, but living is hard” supported by massive back ground vocals. “Sparks Will Fly” starts with a scratchy guitar funk rhythm switching into a more modern sound. The chorus captures a bit more of the Tyketto of old with the huge back ground vocals done in a way that just takes you back to their first CD. Of course how could it be Tyketto withohut the trademark Danny Vaughn ballads such as “Letting Go” and “Scream.”
Danny Vaughn has a way making versus almost as hooky as the choruses he writes which makes Tyketto’s songs transcend typical melodic schlock rock we are used to hearing from bands of that era. Every second of a Tyketto song comes through with purpose while still meeting all your needs as a listener. I can’t say that about any other band from that era including massively successful bands like Journey except maybe Toto. When you listen to this CD, it’s like Tyketto never had to adjust to the changing musical landscape. They do what they do and probably better than anyone else which allows them to always be themselves. Authentic, melodic hook writing behemoths that don’t cower to trends or expectations. This is who they are, take it or leave it, but they will still kick your ass and sound fucking amazing doing it. Which makes you wonder how so many people missed this band as they have always been a stellar group.
Musically “Reach” is a home run. It’s got incredible vocals, ripping guitars, melodic keys and a very tight, solid rhythm section that drives the bus home song after song. “Reach” captures not only the “feel good” sound of the 80’s rock that makes you want to roll down the windows of your car blasting it as loud as you can while driving down the Pacific Coast Highway, but also melds in today’s modern rock edge to bring together a very focused and driving melodic rock sonic landscape that should capture anyone’s ear and transport them to a new musical frontier that has been very hard to find in an age of average garage band rock and pop cotton candy fluff with little to no talent anywhere in sight.
To my own fault being a guitar player, I always single that out a bit more and I have to say that Chris Green never fails to impress. His work on this CD is impeccable and down right fucking awesome. Green is a guitar player that knows all the rules and throws the book away while being able to play effortless, melodic passages and fire-breathing solos. Green never sacrifices harmony or melody and not a lick or note is out of place while his technique so slick that his guitar sings lines that take your breath away while making you feel like you are climbing the heavens. Which is an absolute perfect match for the way Vaughn sings. It’s like they were born in tandem with different instruments accomplishing the same things. Chris Green is a monster guitar player and should be in your top 10 to watch period. I literally can’t think of another player to come out in the last 25 years that is able to blend incredible rhythm chops, melodic lines and crazy ass roller coaster solos so well into modern rock songs that keep that heavy edge and at the same time that ear candy melodic content that you sing over and over again in your head. For those interested Chris Green also just released his first instrumental CD “Unveil” a few weeks ago. Do yourself a favor and check it out here: http://www.chrisgreenmusic.com/
In conclusion, let me just say that Tyketto’s new CD “Reach” does exactly just that. It reaches a musical landscape that has been lost for far too long. It is a tour de force of hard rock, catchy melodic hooks and a showcase of immense talent from all the musicians involved. Don’t wait, don’t hesitate. Go buy this CD right now and spread the word that Tyketto is back and better than ever.
Well done, Tyketto. Extremely well done.
10 out 10 stars
Danny Vaughn – lead vocals
Michael Clayton Arbeeny – drums, percussion, vocals
Ged Rylands – keyboards, vocals
Chris Green – guitar, vocals
Chris Childs – bass guitar, vocals
“Reach” Official Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RubUAYE0HYc
“Kick Like A Mule” Official Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMneTtAf2Uo
Classic Tyketto – “Forever Young” Official Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2vG-zlvvk0
“I Need It Now” Official Audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0pc2FGMzkM
“Big Money” Official Audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI9hl48HaxM
“Scream” Official Audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqOZcfa7rD0
Purchase Reach Here:
Frontiers Records: http://www.frontiers.it/album/5334
– Amazon: http://radi.al/ReachAmazon
– iTunes: http://radi.al/ReachiTunes
– Spotify: http://radi.al/ReachSpotify
– Google Play: http://radi.al/ReachGooglePlay
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