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Da Vinci - 2017 Ambition Rocks
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ARTIST: Da Vinci
ALBUM: Ambition Rocks
YEAR: 2017
SPONSOR: Germusica


LINEUP: Gunnar Westlie - guitar * Dag Selboskar - keyboards * Erling Ellingsen - vocals * Roy Funner - bass * Bjørn Olav Lauvdal - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Return (Intro) * 02 Vicious Circle * 03 Curious Sensation * 04 I've Come All This Way * 05 See You * 06 Rocket Of Fame * 07 Angel * 08 Storm On The Horizon * 09 Little Lonely * 10 Soul Survivor * 11 Painted Lady * 12 You're Mine * 13 Touch Of Humanity


WEBLINKS: www.davincitheband.com | Da Vinci FB Page

It's a new album by one of Norway's favourite AOR bands, but there's a catch. It's not quite the same band from the era we remember them the best, but still, the music here is pretty decent, all things considered. Da Vinci sound a bit different without original singer Lars Aass not being in this version of the band, and that might be a showstopper for some of you. However the two key guys here (Westlie and Selboskar) create an environment which is more than welcoming for the old-school AORsters here at GDM. I won't regurgitate what I wrote about this album preview a few days ago, you can read it here: click here...

The Songs
Some songs worked better than others, and I spent a bit of time playing this back to back, over and again. 'The Return (Intro)' kicks off in Aldo Nova mode, a la the helicopter whirring, but then the synths are set alight on 'Vicious Circle'.. Da Vinci are on their way. Indeed the keyboard work from Dag Selboskar is very entertaining, and more than makes up for any loss. Just check out the ivory work on the next pairing 'Curious Sensation' and 'I've Come All This Way'. The first ballad 'See You' reminds me of Bad Habit in their prime, some great vocal harmonies on this one. 'Rocket Of Fame' is well-crafted stuff, so too 'Storm On The Horizon' which surges nicely and features some intricate synth work. My favourite track is the bouncy-castle melodic rock of 'Soul Survivor', with a chorus that sticks out. 'You're Mine' is a half decent ballad, and the galloping closer 'Touch Of Humanity' also appeals with its modern arrangement, like a mix of Toto, Houston and Sonic Station. Nice way to finish up.

In Summary
'Ambition Rocks' sounds more like a typical modern day project, rather than the overblown hair outfit from the 80's. I know I keep bleating on about it, but the true point of difference with Da Vinci was Lars Aass. I know he's been out of the biz for years, but still, any mention of this band automatically drags his name into the discussion. Despite that, there's a lot to like about this new version of the band, and from my perspective, the album is definitely up there in the 2017 year-end lists. I'm a bit early with this article, the album is not due out until August 25th, but grab it when it's out!

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