Dirty Passion - 2010 - Different Tomorrow
I recieved Different Tomorrow, the debut ablum from Dirty Passion. To record this album, the Swedish foursome signed up with Denomination Records, which is a sub-label of Transubstans Records.
1. This Is The Way
2. 1,000,000 Voices
3. Rockin' In The Night
4. Different Tomorrow
5. A Trip To Paradise
8. We're All Gonna Fall
9. Selling Your Soul
10. Without You
They certainly peaked my attention after reading the bio on dirtypassion.net. Supporting for Saxon, Y&T, Towers of London and touring with Faster Pussycat and Enuff Z'Nuff is a nice resumé for a young band like this.
These guys really seem to be confident and I can tell you right away that their confidence is justified.
Different Tomorrow is nothing more or less than a classic hard rock album. I can't help thinking of Europe, especially Emil Ekbladh's voice reminds me strongly to Joey Tempest, and that's quite a compliment if you ask me.
Also the broken-down guitar rhythms is a thing we hear a lot on this album. But to be clear: this is not a Europe clone; implying that wouldn't be fair, they clearly did a huge effort to make Different Tomorrow a great debut packed with mid-tempo rockers.
"This Is The Way", a very appropriate song title to kick off this album. The opener really show that this is the way a rock band should sound. Strong guitars, simple but catchy guitar melodies and a chorus that forces you to sing along.
The next song, "1,000,00 Voices" is immediately the single they chose for a video clip, you can watch it on their website. It shows the band rocking in front of a million marshall speakers. A very good choice, this is one of the highlights of this album. It brings out all the strong features of the band, especially the guitar melodies and a truly fantastic guitar solo lifting this song.
Let's skip ahead to the fourth track, "Different Tomorrow", the title track from this album. Here you really hear how well drum and bass support the song. Nothing fancy but together they fill up all the gaps and glue the whole to a solid piece of music. "Different Tomorrow" has a nice flow working to a musical climax, breaking down very nicely.
"A Trip To Paradise", for me personnaly this is the highlight that I was waiting for. It stands out from the other songs on the album, but not overly so that it would not fit with the rest. This one really builds up slowly to the end and here the bass and drum really shine. The rythm section really keeps stenghtening the song behind the guitar solo, these things make me a happy reviewer.
'Hey! You! You say i'm a liar'. I would by lying if I said this song isn't worth mentioning. "Liar" rocks, it's catchy, it's all I want in a song.
After reading all this you probably think: no ballad? Of course there is a ballad, a classic hard rock album always ends with a ballad and Different Tomorrow is no exception. "Without You" is cheesy and overloaded with emotions, as it should be. Emil does a real good job driving this song vocally. If you like rock ballads you certainly will love this one, but I mostly skip that kind of songs.
To make something of a conclusion: if you like classic mid-tempo hard rock you have to get this album. I really hope to hear some more of Dirty Passion in the future. They're not as dirty as their name implies, but they made a very nice debut with a lot of catchy songs.
Written by Gregoire