David Saylor (Push UK, Wild Rose) is back! And he’s brought with him his best and most accomplished album yet! Following on from last year’s Kiss of Judas EP (now sold out) Saylor returns with “Strength of One”, a collection of eleven AOR/melodic rock gems which again showcases his awesome voice, production skills and song writing talent. The step up in quality from his last offering is obvious from the opening guitar riffs of “Welcome to the Show” – Saylor means business as he welcomes listeners into his AOR paradise!
In terms of song writing Saylor has again upped the ante! Compelling lyrics, catchy melodies and choruses that listeners will be humming throughout 2014! This album is packed with this! One noticeable aspect is the use of guitars. Beautiful, tasteful solos wrap around almost every song. One play and listeners will be transported back to 1986/87. Guitars come courtesy of six string wizards Brett Hammond, David Mark Pearce and in particular Nik Lloyd. Where have these guys been all our lives? The solos, riffing and general sonic textures sit perfectly on every song be they up tempo or ballads, hard and heavy or soft and light! These guys are up to the task and whatever the requirement lay it down perfectly.
And then there is Saylor’s voice. Bringing a Terry Brock style rasp to all tracks on offer it sores up there with the angels. It just keeps getting better. Filled with emotion it conveys the pain and the sadness of lost love on some tracks whilst on others celebrates the joy of living life to the max. Yes – I can tell when this man is in pain or smiling purely through his voice! A genius!
Accompanying Saylor in the studio aside from Brett, Nik and David are Romany May, Cristian Antonio, Suzi Ashby, Rob Hewins and Georgia Florence of backing vocals, Paul Pryor on bass and from The Val: Gabrielle De Val Koenzen (guest vocals) and Alfonso Samos (guitar).
Strength of One (AOR Boulevard Records) will be released in May 2014 with a strictly limited pressing of 1000 copies. Like its immediate predecessor is it sure to sell out and become a collector’s piece. NB – a strictly limited number of copies of David Saylor – City of Angels and Push UK – Strange World are available from AOR Boulevard Records.
CD Promo Clip – Listen Here: www.youtube.com/watch?v =mJYVa_lAklQ&feature=youtu.be.