This is an amazing band and this first album might be their best, although they recently came back with a stunner, "Reach". The songs are all catchy and memorable although not boring. The singer is one of the best in the genre. I just saw them on tour and they are also very nice guys, which does not hurt (only 2 left from this original lineup though). Tyketto is as good as, if not better than, the likes of Whitesnake and Def Lep etc, so go for it. MUST HAVE album for any heavy rock fan.
Its 1991 and rock is becoming diluted with mediocre bands sounding tired and dated. Grunge is just around the corner. Danny Vaughn and co didn't read the script and hit us with their debut offering 'Don't Come Easy'.
A band with good melodies and a hard edge to their sound. This CD even now excites me when I play it. Opener 'Forever Young' starts as it means to go on, great riff and sing-a-long chorus. 'Wings' is a solid track, 'Burning Down Inside' slow tempo to start but a foot stomping chorus.
'Seasons', 'Lay Your Body Down' and 'Strip Me Down' are cheeky numbers that use a touch of blues for flavour but still have some thought into their arrangement. 'Nothing But Love' is a good pop rock ditty, 'Walk On Fire' another riff monster to air guitar to!
'Sail Away' ends the album with an up-tempo accoustic/electric mix that will have you singing along long after the record has finished. That leaves the ballad 'Standing Alone'...
Before I go on let me say this; this band is a tight unit who know their craft and play to a high standard, which is obvious throughout the album. Danny Vaughn's vocals take this to a whole new level, what a voice. Full of emotion and he comes to the fore on 'Standing Alone'.
This song could be about any young man's broken heart with lyrics that paint an all knowing scene... 'Staring out the window/ Like I'm waiting for a change/ As if I stared long enough/ I'd see it when it came'. We've all been there!!
This album will not dissapoint those who like a hard edge to their rock. Vaughn's vocals are a joy and worthy of mention in those lists of the top 50 best singers. I was lucky to see these guys live and Mr. Vaughn was superb in the flesh too, consumate professional.
If you already have their second album 'Stregnth In Numbers' this is the better purchase. Add 'Don't Come Easy' to your collection, its a classic!!
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I don't like giving albums five stars. In my book there are plenty of 'good' ones out there but not many 'exceptional' ones. 'Don't Come Easy' however makes it into the latter category as one of the best hard rock albums ever made. So why, you may be asking haven't you heard of Tyketto and why isn't 'Don't Come Easy' as common in peoples' CD racks as 'Slippery When Wet'? Well, as another reviewer has pointed out, Grunge was just around the corner and despite considerable critical acclaim for the album the time just wasn't right for this kind of release.
Fortunately you can still get hold of the CD and appreciate what a whole generation of rock-lovers missed first time around. This really is a terrific album kicking off with the hard rock thumper 'Forever Young'. The band are as tight as you could possibly wish and Vaughn's vocals are exceptionally clean and powerful - indeed these are attributes which translate into making the band such a great live act. A great start then and the band don't let up - there really isn't a single 'filler' track on the album. Even so, for me the stand-outs are 'Standing Alone' - a great ballad - 'Walk on Fire' - a great acoustic intro before a huge riff kicks off a massive rocker - and 'Nothing But Love' - another rocker with a solid bass line and one of the best live songs I've heard.
You'll be getting the impression I like this album a lot. So will you. Buy - then see 'em live!
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