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Joey Summer - One Bite From Paradise

Joey Summer
One Bite From Paradise
by Rebecca Miller at 04 June 2012, 2:50 PM

Joey Summer was born in Rio De Janeiro, came from a Greek background, and this album carries a lot of influence from West Coast USA upbeat rock. Quite a mixture, but is the music good? It certainly has it’s moments, I can tell you that. Unfortunately, these moments aren’t sustained for any period of time.

“One Bite From Paradise” is very much an album of two halves. We’ve got the first half which starts with the intro (“OBFP”), a spoken word introduction over some atmospheric keyboards which segues nicely into the first track, “One Bite From Paradise”. It’s all very upbeat, and harder Rock with some good solos and vocals from all involved. The we have the second half, which strays very much into ballad territory starting from “Addicted To Your Love”. At this point it starts going very eighties (well, more than it already was), and you can just imagine if there were a video for any of these songs, there’d be a lot of fist clenching – not that this is a bad thing, of course. Then the last two songs – “The Prize Of Love” and “No-One’s Gonna Hurt Me Anymore” - pick up the energy of the first four songs (yes, I know I said two halves, but there’s 6 songs of each style, they’re just…scattered, so ha) and I think this is where he does best. I would have been very happy with a whole album full of the up tempo songs. Maybe a ballad or 2 to shake things up a bit, but in my honest opinion, half of the album is a bit too much, especially since they’re all lumped together.

So whilst the album starts and finishes well (they were my favourite parts, anyway), that little bit in the middle just didn’t really do much for me. There are awesome guitar solos, and Joey does sing well, but I would have liked to see a little more range from him, or at least bring someone in who could sing some different parts – it was all a little seamy, if I’m honest. And this is probably just me, and it’s completely trivial, but I always find it really odd when songs don’t have a definitive end and just fade out until the next track starts – something that was prevalent on this album. No, it didn’t lessen my enjoyment, but when you’ve got a song like “From Miles Away” that fades out just as it’s getting to its best moment (some brilliant guitar work) – it’s a little bit disconcerting. That’s not to say that there isn’t some very good musicianship on show here, I just feel that the talents available could have been put to better use. Although it is extremely admirable that Joey Summer covered a lot of the instruments himself, a man of many talents you could say. Another thing that bugged me was the production – it sounded quite muddy, but I don’t know if that was just due to the quality of the mp3 file, or if it’s the recording.

I think the best way to describe “One Bite From Paradise” would be middle of the road. It had its moments, sure, but it never really grabbed me enough that I wanted to give it repeated listening. It’s certainly not bad, by any stretch of the imagination, but I just couldn’t get myself excited about it. 

3 Star Rating

1. OBFP (Intro)
2. One Bite From Paradise
3. Running Through The Night
4. No Margin For Error
5. Addicted To Your Love
6. From Miles Away
7. Heaven To Earth
8. That’s What I Am Waiting For
9. Sailor On The Moon
10. It’s Only Your Love
11. The Prize Of Love
12. No-One’s Gonna Hurt Me Anymore
Joey Summer – Lead And Backing Vocals/Guitars/Keyboards/Bass
Daniel Lumas – Keyboards/Backing Vocals/Bass
Geraldo Abdo – Drums 
Record Label: Perris Records


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