Boston native, David Vaccaro returns in 2008 with his second output called New Machine. On this release he gets a little bit of help from former MSG front man, Robin McAuley, who sings on four tracks on this disc.
Vaccaro wrote and plays the majority of the music on this disc. While New Machine may not be a true band offering, it certainly sounds like it is.
Robin McAuley does a fine job on the songs he sings on, in fact his presence really gives the songs on New Machine a lift.
Exit Sign is a really good opener and shows off Vaccaro’s six string talents.
Somebody Like You has a cool 70’s rock vibe about it.
The Stake is a cover of the Steve Miller band song. I can’t say that I am familiar with the original, but this song has a cool Foghat style to it.
Disclaimer is a well written, catchy tune about product disclaimers. You have to hear this song to appreciate it.
Time To Move On is a simple but infectious tune that has a Beatles feel to it.
I am not really sure what to make of Desert Run. Some of guitar parts sound synthesized, and mixed with a lead Spanish guitar. This instrumental track is interesting but not essential.
Robin McAuley takes back over the vocals on You Don’t Care. This song has a flamenco style about it, with a keyboard mix. A good song but not great.
McAuley’s final appearance on New Machine is on the song, Tangled In Your Web. This song has a funky groove that gets its hooks into you.
The guitar riff on the song, On Yer Way, reminds me a lot of the Bad Company song, Feel Like Making Love. Vaccaro mixes a little bit of slide guitar in, for this cool sounding tune.
Back to My Baby is a another pleasing rocker, with an upbeat swing. This song has a little bit of saxophone mixed in. All in all, this is an enjoyable tune, and a good way to close out this disc.
The Bottom line: V-Project is a solid disc, with some very good guitar work, and excellent vocals by Robin McAuley. This disc is not too hard, and not too heavy, but has enough in common with 80’s classic rock to make it listenable for most rock fans. Diehard McAuley fans will want to pick this up. Others may want to check the tunes out before buying.
You can preview V-Project’s music, and purchase their CD, at this link for DMV Music.com
1. Exit Sign
2. Somebody Like You
3. The Stake
5. Time To Move On
6. Desert Run
7. You Don’t Care
8. Tangled In Your Web
9. On Yer Way
10. Back To My Baby
David Vaccaro – Lead and Backing Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards and Drum Machine programming
Robin McAuley – Vocals (Exit Sign, Somebody Like You, You Don’t Care, Tangled In Your Web)
It has been 26 long years since Canadian musician, Aldo Nova, released his first album. His 1982 debut feature material put together almost entirely by himself, with a little bit of help with some studio musicians. On the strength of his hit single Fantasy, this album went all the way to # 8 on the Billboard charts. This album would eventually go multi platinum in the United States.
The sound of this record is pretty common for the early 80’s. It is a keyboard laded pop metal, that reminds me a lot of the early sound of Bon Jovi. Aldo Nova proves to be a very good guitar player. When you hear him cut loose on the guitar, you will wonder where he has been hiding, and why you haven’t heard more about him over the years.
For this listener, Fantasy is the hardest song on this album, and one of the few songs I still enjoy. The rest of the material is more in the line of AOR than hard rock.
Yes, there are some heavy guitar riffs here and there, but I have heard a lot of better material than this over the years. If you are looking for a copy of the tune Fantasy, this is place to get it. While this release may have been somewhat influential to the hair metal scene, It is only slightly above average to my ears.
This CD has been out of print for a while, but was recently remastered and reissued in April 2008. AOR and melodic rock fans may want to check this disc out.
Rating:Out of 10
2. Hot Love
3. It’s Too Late
4. Ball And Chain
5. Heart To Heart
6. Foolin’ Yourself
7. Under The Gun
8. You’re My Love
9. Can’t Stop Lovin’ You
10. See The Light
Aldo Nova is:
Aldo Nova – Vocals, Guitars and Keyboards
Michel Pelo – Bass Guitar
Michel Lachapelle – Drums