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Dante Fox – ‘Six String Revolver’

posted 7 Jan 2018, 13:06 by Paul Woodward

(AOR Heaven)

Review by Woody

Dante Fox are notorious for having long gaps between albums so it was a shock when ‘Six String Revolver’ was announced hot on the heels of the amazing ‘Breathless’ opus, but as a long-time fan of The Fox I was obviously delighted. This album is a collection of re-recorded and re-worked songs from their first two albums and it contains five songs from 1996’s ‘Under Suspicion’ and five from 1999’s ‘The Fire Within’.

I tend to be very sceptical about re-recorded releases sometimes they feel unneeded and in many cases, turn out to be pointless. On occasion though they are beneficial and noticeably changed or improved like Newman’s re-recorded debut album, thankfully ‘Six String Revolver’ falls into the latter category alongside Newman.

These songs have been dusted off and polished up to give them a brighter more current production and style. The uninitiated would see this album as a natural successor to ‘Breathless’ as the Fox have updated these songs to blend even more seamlessly with the band’s current sound and delivery. The most instant and obvious change is the vastly superior production but it is also clear from the get go these songs have been worked on again from the bare bones with some songs featuring minor subtle changes and others featuring dramatically reworked guitar riffs or other instrumentation. The Keyboards for example are far more intricate than previously, less fluffy perhaps but with a few more hooks than previously recorded. My long-time love affair with the original version’s does make me sometimes yearn for the rawer version but there is no denying that these new versions are vastly superior in every way – sentimentality can be a bit of backwards drag!

Sue Willett’s vocals as always are warm, satisfying, comforting and powerfully emotive. Sue is without doubt one of the most emotive singers I know and she gives these songs an added emotional punch that many other singers could only ever dream of emulating.

If you own these songs already you still need to purchase ‘Six String Revolver’ as it’s amazing what Sue and Tim have done revisiting these songs. Keeping them familiar and sticking to each songs core essence but also improving on them and every alteration intend to give the song a greater impact. If you’re new to The Fox – then only a fool wouldn’t purchase this classic collection of cult British AOR – now with added panache!

Track Listing: Firing My Heart / Lonely / Under The City Lights / A Matter Of Time / Still Remember Love / Lost and Lonely Heart / Remember My Name / All That I Need / I Can’t Sleep / How Do We Learn About Love

Album Rating: 9/10

Woody’s Essential Track: How Do We Learn About Love

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