So here it is, the long awaited album of the three ex-Tyketto members Danny Vaughn, Jamie Scott and Michael Clayton Arbeeny, together with newcomers P.J. Zitarosa (guitars) and Kyle Cummings (Keys). A lot of people had hoped for a new Tyketto album, but it isn't. Sure, a song like Is That All There Is? could have been on Don't Come Easy or Strenght In Numbers (and probably would have ended up as one of my favorite songs, just like it does here) but I would be telling lies if I'd say that the band hasn't changed, matured as they say. In other words, they've partly drifted away from the Tyketto sound, hence the namechange. For some people this will be disappointing, others will love it. Fact is that we haven't been able to grow with the band for the simple reason they haven't existed for the last couple of years. Personally I like, no love this album. Bad Water has a threatening The Good The Bad and The Ugly kind of intro after which the song turns into a heavy slowbanger. The already mentioned Is That All There Is? is my absolute favorite of the album. What a monster! They don't come better than this! Every verse, every chorus, every single thing about this song breathes class. No wonder Maximes went completely nuts when they played this song at Z2000... Healing Hands has a more or less Tyketto feel as well, although not as overflowing. The gospel choir would have been unthinkable during the Tyketto period. Handful Of Rain is a beautiful muggy ballad, driven by an acoustic guitar. We're talking about one of those songs on the album that hasn't got that Tyketto feel but it's a damn good track as well. Less good, and my least favorite track on the album is Stone Monkey. I really don't quite get why this song's on the album. The jazzy influences make me kind of nervous, but I guess the Vaughn guys themselves love it as they even played it live in Wigan. Fortunately it's short. On Shadowland the quality goes up again. This one could have easily been on Strenght In Numbers. It's midpaced, catchy, hookladen and whatever clichés you can think of. Great tune! The title track opens with just Danny's vocals over a piano. Again a beautiful track that continues almost completely acoustic, with great basslicks from Jamie Scott, probably one of the best bassists around. On Paradise Ain't Home Danny pulls his harp. No surprise the song - without being country - has got a real cowboy feel to it. This counts even more for Gandy Dancer, on which the opening bars have the same sound effects as Bon Jovi's Ride Cowboy Ride. The Voice almost ends the album. Again a slow, almost balladlike song, but just too loud to be called that. The song that really ends the album is a strange hidden track about doing about everything to get to know a girl/woman. Soldiers And Sailors On Riverside is a very good album, if you give it a fair chance. Comparing it to Tyketto is as inevitable as it is unfair. Inevitable because three of the members played in that fabulous band, unfair because they changed their name, to state that something had changed. So being unfair, I'd say that the main difference between the two bands is that P.J. Zitarosa is a complete different kind of guitarist than Brooke St. James. Brooke's crunchy riffs are what I miss most on Soldiers.... But the songs have changed as well and therefore I think everyone that thinks we're talking about the new Tyketto here, should take a listen to this album before buying it, just to avoid disappointment. I don't think people should be disappointed because most of the songs are very good. It just takes some time to get into them. I can honestly say that it has grown on me immensely since I got it and I will judge it like that as well. It's a shame about Stone Monkey otherwise this album would have gotten the full score, but just like the Two Fires album it won't make it. Better luck next time! Or was this a one-off?