Tyketto
Dig In Deep


4.5
superb

Review

by BlackLlama USER (40 Reviews)
August 9th, 2012 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tyketto return with their original line up in tow to release a stellar album for AOR and early 90’s rock fans around the world. Sounding as if they found a time machine back to 1991 the band puts out a devastatingly brilliant release.

The music scene was an odd place back in the early 90’s. The earthy stripped down tones of grunge were finding their way into the mainstream and the over indulgent, alcoholic mess called glam was being taken out back to be put out of its misery. So what was a hard rock band to do? You had veteran acts like Poison that tried to embrace some form of alternative sound (ala Native Tongue) or others like Skid Row that tried a harder angle. Sadly, lost in that shuffle were many outstanding releases of quality, album oriented rock. Tyketto released Don’t Come Easy in 1991 and after some mild success were quickly shuffled off into the bargain bin with a pile of other rock bands. It is sad really, as Danny Vaughn and company really put together an excellent album. If you haven’t heard it yet you should take the time to download (the release was quite rare and expensive to find on the secondary market) or seek it out somewhere. It will serve as a great primer for what you are about to experience.

I was surprised when I received word that the original Tyketto lineup was not only back touring, but planning on releasing a new album. For years, many rock acts from the time period have continued on, releasing sub-par offerings every few years (I’m looking at you Danger Danger!). I was reticent to purchase anything from a band that hasn’t had a quality release in over twenty years. Still, Don’t Come Easy was one of those CD’s that I could put on, no matter what mood I was in, and listen from front to back. I was blown away after the first 2 minutes of listening to Dig In Deep. The initial blast of the first track Faithless almost sounded odd to me. It had been so long that I’ve heard a song played in standard tuning that I had almost forgotten what it sounded like. Once the vocals kicked in, the smile could not be wiped from my face. Danny Vaughn has a tone that was build for radio friendly rock. I find it hard to compare him to anyone, take bits of David Coverdale, Bon Jovi and Gary Cherone and add just a little bit of a harder edge and you may come close. Excepting the first track (which is the heaviest on the album) the tone is pure guitar rock. Many of the songs are framed with excellent acoustic work and then layered with a more distorted tone. Guitarist Brook St. James has chops enough to keep up with any of the 80’s guitar heroes (listen to the opening solo to The Fight Left in Me). Equal portions of hard rock and blues blend masterfully into a performance that shouldn’t be missed. The rhythm section of Jimi Kennedy (bass), Michael Clayton (drums) and the addition of keyboardist Bobby Lynch serve as a constant reminder of what skilled musicians can do best. They set the stage for the excellent guitar work and songwriting, but are present enough not to fade into the background entirely.

Dig In Deep is an experience that most people have not had. You can press play on track one and the next thing you know the album is finishing up with the bitter sweet and aptly named track This Is How We Say Goodbye. Certainly, this is not a perfect release, some of the song, while individual in their lyrical content and solos start to run together using a similar structure. While the overall sound of the music is excellent there are some tracks that suffer from over-production. The title track is the worst offender in this regards as it features excessive use of layered, heavily produced vocal harmony. That is no reason to pass this one up though. I would recommend the track Monday as a great starting point, it’s a catchy mid tempo song that is reminiscent of Butch Walker in its catchiness. This is a great release that people should take a moment to listen to. It’s sad that in the music scene we have today, this will be overlooked once again. Still, I will be happy adding another album to my collection that I can unabashedly play on repeat over and over and over and over……



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BlackLlama
August 9th 2012


1699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I hope my writing did this justice. I don't think a lot of people will care about this one, but hopefully those that do enjoy my take on it. Please, any editing suggestions (or pointing out of mistakes) are always welcome!

Digging: Pitch Black Forecast - As the World Burns

ZedO
August 9th 2012


1096 Comments


hm sounds interesting, is there a stream?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2012


6222 Comments


Well written review, pos.

When i was making the Tyketto band page for Sputnik, I had little to none hope that anyone would write anything about them.

Guess I was wrong :-D.



hm sounds interesting, is there a stream?

I have found this link:

http://songs.to/#!pl=a3a7439e539fb25eb2c106b353a143acfaba9262

The first song to be heard is the eponymous one, if you want to listen to the rest of them, right-click your mouse to the song title and choose "Play".

Digging: Seduced (AT) - The Proclamation

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2012


31401 Comments


When i was making the Tyketto band page for Sputnik, I had little to none hope that anyone would write anything about them.


Where's the bio at man?

Digging: Objekt - Flatland

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2012


6222 Comments


Where's the bio at man?

There's a really good article at wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyketto

I just uploaded it at "Edit band information".

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2012


31401 Comments


No! Never use wiki

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2012


6222 Comments


No! Never use wiki

Why? The article is detailed enough.

If the article isn't appropriate, the mods will dismiss it.


Edit: The article in wiki is taken from the band's official site - http://www.tyketto.de/seiten/index2.htm




On another note, I'm listening to the stream and this is indeed incredibly catchy...

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2012


31401 Comments


Yeah but the mods aren't going to read the entire thing (let alone know that it's from Wiki). MX doesn't want us using the site because a) it might not be reliable (we joke about it a lot, but a lot of the stuff on Wiki is actually wrong) and b) even if it is credible it's still not official, thus it actually ends up being a (mild) case of plagiarism. Does the band not have an official site with a bio?

Edit: sweet, but my point still stands. Always check official sources first

ZedO
August 9th 2012


1096 Comments


thanks brother man Voivod for the link...

... we joke about it a lot, but a lot of the stuff on Wiki is actually wrong

haha agreed, I can pay my friend with only a pack of cigarette and a can of beer so as he creates a wiki-page for me and writes all bulshit about me :D




BlackLlama
August 9th 2012


1699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ZegdO the entire album has been upped to YouTube as well.

@Voivoid - I remember catching these guys opening for Nelson when I was about 13, went out and bought Don't Come Easy the next day. Had they released that in 87' and this and 89 they would have been huge.



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