Review: Ted Poley – Beyond The Fade – Frontiers Music – Release: Out Now

Review: Ted Poley – Beyond The Fade – Frontiers Music – Release: Out Now.

Best known as lead vocalist for the legendary melodic rock masters Danger Danger, Ted Poley is also an accomplished solo artist, having released two acclaimed releases, “Collateral Damage” (2006) and “Smile” (2007). The story of “Beyond The Fade” starts after Danger Danger’s acclaimed performance at Frontiers Rock Festival in Milano in 2014, when he and the label developed the idea to work on some new music. The next step was to speak to producer Allessandro Del Vecchio and with a band he put together, they performed at the second edition of the Frontiers Rock Festival. A few months later, Ted came back to Italy to finish the vocals on the album.

Ted Poley is:
Ted Poley – lead vocals
Allessandro Del Vecchio – drums, keyboards, backing vocals
Mario Percudani – guitars
Anna Portalupi – bass

 

Beyond The Fade
Ted Poley‘Let’s Start Something’ kicks off the album and brings us pure commercial sounding ear candy! The songs are penned by the brothers Tom and James Martin (Vega) and all have that early Danger Danger touch, but are more in the vein of his previous solo albums. Don’t get me wrong, these are all good songs but aren’t the major singalongs from the first two Danger Danger albums. His voice has stood the test of time and still has that little raw edge. Mario lets his guitar roar on every track and the keys from Ale are as always not dominant but boost the sound!

But I must take back some of my earlier words, because ‘Hands Of Love’ could have easily been on those early Danger Danger albums! What a catchy tune to sing along to during the chorus! Mr. Poley continuous with a smooth ballad and gets help from the wonderful Issa. The keys are more present on ‘Stars’. This song builds up to the chorus and is one of my favourites because of its driving feel!

‘Higher’ is a highlight for the fans of pure melodic sounds and layered vocals. ‘Where I lost You’ introduces a more modern sound and ‘We Are Young’ is pure AOR with awesome keys in the background. Ted picks up the pace with the mid-tempo ‘Sirens’ before he closes this uplifting album with a sensitive ballad that slowly transforms in a pure rock ballad!

Conclusion:
I must admit that the spark wasn’t there at first, but this album really grows on you. If you want a boost of your mood, just put on this album and you’ll start to smile instantly. This album sounds good and fits Ted’s voice in an excellent way. But sorry Ted, the album from The Defiants (with Danger Danger buddies Rob Marcello and Bruno Ravel) sounds a bit better to my melodic ears. But hey, you can’t win ‘em all, right? But I’m hoping to catch some of this tunes during this year’s edition of the H.E.A.T festival in Germany!

Score: 4 out of 5
 

Tracklist:
1. Let’s Start Something
2. Everything We Are
3. Hands Of Love
4. The Perfect Crime
5. Stars
6. Higher
7. Where I Lost You
8. You Won’t See Me Cryin’
9. We Are Young
10. Sirens
11. Beneath The Stars

Links:
Ted Poley Facebook
Frontiers Music

Text by: Rik Bauters

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