Rick Tedesco - A Light In The Attic
Readers of this site should be familiar with Rick Tedesco through his work with the Dennis Dunaway Project and their album 'Bones From The Yard'. If you don`t have that album you should get it. A follow up album was in the works but was never competed, until now.
What we have here began life as a second DDP album before morphing into a Tedesco solo album instead. All the members of DDP (Dennis, Ed Burns and Russ Wilson) appear on various tracks and much of the album continues on from the style of 'Bones..' but it does miss some of the more off the wall songs that really stood out on the other album. There is a more uniform feel to this collection of songs, less surprises or right turns, as if Rick had a very clear idea of what he wanted the album to be, a Classic Rock album from start to finish, and in that he certainly succeeded.
The CD arrives in a nice gatefold card sleeve, one side housing the disc and the other a booklet of notes and lyrics. All very nicely laid out. Put the CD in the stereo and it opens with 'Fireball' which is a Dennis Dunaway song that rocks along nicely. A bit of a Blue Oyster Cult feel in the verses/chorus (a good thing!). 'See You In Hell' starts with a nice acoustic feel and almost violin sounding keyboard before the band kick in for a midpaced rocker.
'In The End' is a slowburn 'She's So Heavy' type thing, then 'Whore' grinds along nicely while 'Drowning' is an impressive big hair power ballad. 'Night Is Coming' has Rick coming over a little like Bowie in places, vocally, with Ian Hunter guesting on the organ.
'Toy' could be a successor to DDP's classic 'Khandahar' with it's eastern/kashmir groove and manic guitar breaks. 'Bottomless Well' is a bit of an epic which allows Rick to again let rip on a big guitar solo, something he surprisingly refrains from doing on much of the album. Don`t get me wrong, there are guitars everywhere, but many of the lead lines are structured melodic lines rather then the shredding you get on most guitarists solo albums.
'You', a midpaced radio rocker, is followed by 'Church of Sinners' bringing the record to an end with a bit of metallic crunch and even a bit of James Bond-ishness towards the end.
All told the album is a great slice of Classic Rock but one can`t help wondering how different it would have been if it had remained a DDP album. This really does the record a disservice, but it is impossible not to compare it with it's spiritual predecessor. Generally there are more similarities in style then differences, and maybe what is slightly lacking here is the input from more then one vision. But then that's what solo albums are all about, allowing the artist to present songs the way he sees them without the intervention of others.