Da Vinci
Back in Business

Release date: November 15th 2006
Label: MTM Music
Provided by: Zink Music
Distribution: Bonnier/Amigo
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Scandi AOR / Melodic Hard Rock

Rating: 92/100
Cover artwork rating: 78/100
Reviewed by: The Jack

Date: November 7th 2006

Do you remember back in the day when EUROPE ruled the airwaves? If so, you might also remember other scandinavian acts like DALTON, TREAT, SKAGARACK & FATE?  

Predominantly hailing from Sweden and Denmark, these ultra melodic bands with their giga hair-do’s became pretty popular with their listener-friendly approach to and interpretation of traditional AOR-formulas.  

But amongst all these Swedish/Danish bands, there was a hidden force waiting to be unleashed…. That force was also known as DA VINCI!  

Hailing from Norway they fit into the geographical area of scandinavian music and their sound was, arguably, the very essence of the subgenre.  

Their first album, titled DA VINCI, was a so and so affair, showcasing a rather brilliant potential., which was, sadly, overshadowed by EUROPE and TREAT in particular. Bands that had taken charge of creating hit songs of the Scandi AOR sound.  

DA VINCI disappeared in the vast amounts of cliché bands even before they had a chance to show what they were capable of.  

Their great capacities which I’m hinting at above were not put to life before the band released this, their second release called ”Back in Business”. Unfortunately too late to capture the high chart positions…  

They could really have paved the way for a lot of acts, had they only been around a couple a years before with this album. In other words, this album is a classic of the genre!  

Superb production, driving guitars, keyboards grandiosos and those naive, but VERY catchy melody lines.  

With tracks like ”9 & 10”, ”Millions Like Us” or ”Touchdown”, anyone with an inclination to ”haunting” melodies (the ones you’ll never forget once you’ve heard ’em!) ought to hunt down this album. It should be a mandatory part of your collection!  

Now re-released from MTM CLASSIX with an additional bonus track we’re finally able to enjoy this pearl anew!