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Tony Mills - Vital Designs

Ola Gränshagen Format: Album
Release date: 2008-05-26
Label: Phoenix
Genre: Hard Rock
Producer: Tony Mills
Artist discography


Tony Mills, singer in the slightly legendary British band SHY and these days fronting TNT, released this solo album in early 2008. “Vital designs” is a rather diverse adventure, although in a very positive way. I’ve always liked his sort of semi-clean and semi-hoarse singing and he’s just as good as ever. And when he mixes the styles you won’t get bored with this album either. Take “A Conspiracy” for example, which is a tune that makes me think of TOUR DE FORCE or ROX DIAMOND. In other songs it’s more progressive, like “Give me a reason” and “Action”. Those moments are not far from late 80’s QUEENSRYCHE but slightly more AOR, and maybe even a hint of TNT. The most surprising thing about this album however, is that a couple of songs make me think of Canadian band CINEMA FACE. That’s not a band you think of every year! But when you hear the harmony vocals in “Exclusion zone” or “Neurotic”, it’s actually close to the true crazy theatralic AOR/pomp of the aforementioned Canadians. This is a really strong CD. The production could have been better, but I’ll settle for this for now.

Tracklisting 1. A Vital Design
2. Give Me A Reason
3. A Conspiracy
4. Say It One More Time
5. Exclusion Zone
6. Miles From Nowhere
7. Neurotic
8. Action
9. Tears In Lisbon
10. In For The Kill
11. God Called My Name
12. Sunniva
13. Glory Days


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