Ted Poley - ‘Beyond The Fade’ (Frontiers Music srl) Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Prince   
Monday, 09 May 2016 04:00

Ted PoleyNow Ted Poley should need no introduction to the melodic rock lovers of planet Earth. As the voice of Danger Danger, Bone Machine, Melodica and a solo artist in his own right, Ted releases his first solo album since 2007's 'Smile' on May 13th called ‘Beyond The Fade’.

 

Ted, together with producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Edge of Forever) and with songs written by the Vega duo of James & Tom Martin, has released one of THE AOR highlights of 2016.

 

The material here is classic AOR/melodic rock, which suits the voice of many a late '80 early '90s wet pantie. This guy could sing anything and it would result in a wet dream for me! I just love THAT voice.

 

However, as with most great singers, they need the material to back up the voice and thankfully the eleven songs contained here are amazing. Clearly James and Tom have done an outstanding job with the songs. Not only that, but the production is everything a melodic rock record should be in 2016 and more too. Every song here, including the ballads, have me punching the air in delight. Hell, I've even been doing Ted's trademarks knee drops. Ted's voice is akin to a nostalgia filled epiphany.

 

One of the highlights for me is Ted's duet with Issa on 'The Perfect Crime'. It is right up there with Issa's duet with Steve Overland. This song has it all, the voice of an angel together with Issa's sultry tones is to die for. Another ballad in 'We Are Young' is the stuff of legends too. Ted sings his heart out, as he does throughout the entire album, but there is just something special about this song and the Issa duet, that I would happily pay the full price just for these two songs.

 

 

In saying that though every song here is amazing, from 'Let's Start Something' through the Tony Bruno/Joe Lynn Turner penned 'Hands Of Love', to the last notes of 'Beneath The Stars'. Ted has potentially released the best album of his solo career. The heartbreak that Ted can command at ease on 'Where I Lost You' is nothing short of breathtaking. Same goes for 'You Won't See Me Cryin' which whenever I hear it comes complete with my fists bumping the air and copious amounts of air guitar!

 

Now Ted, how about some long awaited UK tour dates? This album, as with your solo back catalogue, begs to be heard live!

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