I have been a fan of David Reece since the first time I heard him sing with Accept back in 1989. I liked his stuff in Bangalore Choir, and I recently picked up newly reissued Sircle of Silence releases. I had no doubt that I would check out the new Gypsy Rose CD, Another World, which features David Reece on vocals.
I did not hear the first CD by Gypsy Rose, so I didn’t really know what to expect aside Reece’s excellent vocals. What I found is a very solid band that has delivered a very good melodic rock CD.
Martin Kronlund’s guitar work is nicely complemented by the keyboards of Rikard Quist. Unlike a lot of AOR/Melodic Rock bands where the keyboards over power the music, Quist’s keyboard playing is mixed so that it enhances the songs. Although the music of Gypsy Rose is pretty tight, the weakness of the band lies with the song compositions. The songs on Another World are not the strongest I have ever heard. Once again, Reece gives a solid vocal performance, but I don’t think this is his best work by any means. I kept looking for a few stand out tracks, but the songs all kind of ran together for me.
The closing song Hellhammer is pretty good, but it is a reworked version of the Accept tune that was featured on the CD, Eat the Heat, on which Reece sang.
Gypsy Rose isn’t breaking any new ground musically with this Another Word, but it might please some fans of the genre. While Another World isn’t the best disc I have listened to in 2008, it is far from the worst. David Reece fans will certainly want to give this one a look.
To preview some of the songs on Another World, check out the Gypsy Rose myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Final Call
2. Nothing Really Matters
4. When I Call Your Name
5. Don’t Look Back
7. A Little Aint Enough
8. All The Way To The Sun
9. A Million Miles
11. Another World
Gypsy Rose is:
David Reece – vocals
Martin Kronlund – guitar, backing vocals
Rikard Quist – keyboards
Mats Bostedt – bass
Imre Daun – drums