Dennis Churchill Dries – ‘I’
AOR Heaven (2015)
Reviewer: Paul Nicholls
Once you have a successful interview in the can with an artist , it’s very easy to become gushing and lose your objectivity when asked to review the album that artist has on release. On this occasion I can happily say that not withstanding our interview , I wholeheartedly love this album .
From the opener ‘Heard It On The Radio‘ , a track with its feet firmly embedded in everything that made the 80’s radio rock essential listening when cruising around with the car windows open , your girl/boy friend at your side , Dennis leaves you in no doubt that this is no ‘Contractual Obligation‘ album . No , It is in fact a return to magnificent from for a man for whom tragedy has struck not once but twice , almost ending his career .
Track two , ‘I‘ lays Dennis’ heart bare , sung from the soul , it is a call to anyone that has ever doubted themselves in a world of peer pressure and approval.The song should be a rallying call to the uncertain , Believe in YOU .
Dennis’ voice is throughout in fine fettle , having lost none of its power and tone over the years , in fact the years have added a distinct amount of “Gravel” that puts me in mind of Jimmy Barnes . Yes , I really DID say that!
Ably assisted by Paul Sabu on Guitar and production , who after a few quite hard albums ( for which he has received a degree of flak) returns to this stereo sounding wonderful and the Paul Sabu who delighted us before , both tuneful and unpredictable in his soloing . A true partnership made in heaven? Quite possibly , as Paul’s guitar and Dennis’ voice complement each other so well , it’s an experience that both surprises and also reassures that Rock Music is NOT dead ( sorry Mr Simmons) .
Before I lead you to believe that this is an out and out rock album let me inform you that there are more different shades on offer here than a Dulux sample sheet .
From the thumping chest pounding ‘Unbroken’ to the heartfelt and touching ‘Pieces‘ ( played on piano , which I’m reliably informed is merely a touched up demo , yes it was THAT good), this album truly does have something for every rocker out there ( as long as you can appreciate finely crafted songs , played and sung to perfection) .
From the ashes of White Sister and Tattoo Rodeo comes a great album ‘I’ which Dennis himself sees as therapy for the past tragedies . If this is Therapy I’m going to patent it and retire on the proceeds .
Available now at all good outlets , you collection needs this album