TURN THE PAGE
Released 2003 (Front Row Seat)
01. I’d Give You My Life
02. Say A Prayer
03. Love Is Not A Sin
05. Take It Or Leave It
06. I Wanna Know Why
07. My Heartache Ways
08. Ain’t It Sacred
09. Can’t You See
10. Doesn’t Really Matter
Jerry Gabriel – vocals
Mike Robson – guitar and backup vocals
Chris Tanaka – guitar, keyboards and backup vocals
Pernu – bass
Rob Nellis – drums
Lance Crane – drums (3, 4, 5, 6, 9 & 10)
Diane Williams – backup vocals (3, 4, 5, 6, 9 & 10)
Nina Williams – backup vocals (3, 4, 5, 6, 9 & 10)
Nancy Hughes – backup vocals (1, 2, & 8)
Don Ghio – percussion (2, 4, 5, 6, 8 & 10)
Bill Krodel – piano (4)
Engineered by Bill Krodel, except tracks 1, 2, 7 & 8 engineered by Mike
Robson and Chris Tanaka.
Usually a four-octave range means the listener is going to be bombarded with high pitched wails that serve no purpose other then to show off a vocalist’s pipes. Thankfully Tower/Joshua Perahia vocalist Jerry Gabriel realizes that there is no need to reach pitches only audible by dogs, and to focus on the actual songs instead. With his combination of David Coverdale and Geoff Tate, he has helped Tower release an exceptional melodic album.
“I’d Give You My Life” starts things off with an over-the-top majestic rocker, showcasing Mike Robson and Chris Tanaka‘s experimental guitar dueling. “Love Is Not A Sin” is a groovy (with a haunting guitar) rocker that sets things up perfectly for the beautiful ballad “Rain”. “Rain” shows how powerful Gabriel‘s vocals actually are, as he explodes with emotion. “I Wanna Know Why” has a Bonham feel at times, with so many different sounds being incorporated into the mix — while the ballad “My Heartache Ways” reminds me of XYZ.
A couple songs are too funky for my liking, and don’t really seem to fit with the rest of the album. But overall Turn The Page is a great release — dark, haunting and melodic. For more information visit Tower‘s official website or Front Row Seat.