The­ory Of A Dead­man

Wake Up Call

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Albums - Mal­colm Dome

Ma­ture melodic rock, but not enough im­pact.

There are times on this al­bum when the Cana­dian band The­ory Of A Dead­man make their mark. Tracks like Echoes and PCH are laid-back, beau­ti­fully ob­served paeans, and suit Tyler Con­nolly’s singing style. The cover of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game, with its or­ches­tral mo­tifs, works re­mark­ably well.

How­ever, for much of this al­bum the band seem to be coast­ing a lit­tle, at­tempt­ing a style some­where be­tween Al­ter Bridge and Su­per­tramp. The prob­lem is that it’s a lit­tle cosy. The pro­duc­tion, by Martin Terefe, is man­nered, never stretch­ing any­one. The gui­tars of Dave Bren­ner and Con­nolly are too of­ten buried in the mix.

The song­writ­ing sug­gests there is a qual­ity al­bum in them that’s wait­ing to take flight, but the end game never lives up to the clear po­ten­tial the mu­sic car­ries. On some­thing like Time Machine or G.O.A.T. you just want the band to let rip, which could be emo­tion­ally stir­ring.

Over­all, this is too light­weight.

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