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?
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.
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
driving guitars, keyboards grandiosos and those naive, but VERY catchy
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!