Charming Grace - 2013 - S/T
- Everytime You Touch My Heart
- The Way You Feel Inside
- Shining Light
- Just Take My Hand
- Close Your Eyes
- Still Dreamin'
- The Sound Of Your Heart
- Everybody's Broken
- The Answer Was You
- Run Away
- Through The Stars
- Endless Flame
- Bring Back My Life
- Leave A Light On
Duets... as I recall, this is something quite horrible which found its way to the charts in the 80’s. Duets are a way to fill a soundtrack when there is a spot or two left to fill or to revive an artist’s career that’s dead in the water. So I was not particular rooting to review this international recording project, Charming Grace. The project was thought out by Pierpaolo "Zorro" Monti (drums - Shining Line, Lionville) together with Davide "Dave Rox" Barbieri (lead vocals & keyboards - Wheels Of Fire) and Amos Monti (bass - Shining Line, Lionville). The idea behind the album was writing songs in the classic AOR style of the 80’s and recording them as duets.
And I have to admit, although it doesn’t work for every song, when it works it turns to nearly perfect. Excellent examples of dueling voices are opener ‘Everytime You Touch My Heart’ (with Nick Workman from Vega), ‘Shining Light’ (with David Forbes from Boulevard), ‘Close Your Eyes’ (with Michele Luppi from Los Angeles and Secret Sphere), plus two powerballads ‘Still Dreamin’ (with Thomas Lassar from Crystal Blue) and ‘The Answer Was You’ (with Bente Smaavik from Perfect Crime and Blonde On Blonde).
However as mentioned earlier, this concept doesn’t always work as it should because some voices are just not compatible or the song itself is slightly below par, but all in all it’s a record that rabid followers of AOR / melodic rock music surely will enjoy.
Davide "Dave Rox" Barbieri: lead vocals, keyboards
Amos Monti: bass
Pierpaolo "Zorro 11" Monti: drums
David Forbes, Bente Smaavik, Thomas Lasser, Henrik Launbjerg, Kimmo Bloom, Moon Calhoun, Jeff Paris, Nick Workman, Stefano Lionetti, Michele Luppi, Josh Zighetti, Gui Oliver, Jesse Galante: lead and backing vocals
Sven Larsson, Peter Friestedt, Roberto Priori, Mario Percudani, Stefano Lionetti, Mario Manzani, Steve De Biasi, Stefano Zeni, Andrea Lanza, Carmine Martone, Matteo Serra, Tom Martin: guitars
Boris Matakovic: saxophone
James Martin, Alessandro Del Vecchio: keyboards
Michael Carrata, Franco Campanella, Tomas Borgogn: backing vocals
Last Updated (Friday, 10 May 2013 12:04)