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Album: Long Way Down
Label: Frontiers Records
Release Date: December 5th 2014
“Long Way Down” tracklisting: Feed The Flames; In The Name Of The King; Dirty Little Secret; Bad Reputation; Stay; Somewhere In Oslo; Long Way Down; Spend The Night; Love Falls Down; Ticket To Yesterday; Dirty Angel.
THREE LIONS frontman Nigel Bailey makes a powerful impression with “Long Way Down”, the debut album from his solo project BAILEY. Within a few seconds, opening song “Feed The Flames” brings to mind the likes of Thin Lizzy and UFO, and if you’re a fan of those bands, and of the golden era of Rock in which they were at their peak, then you should find plenty to enjoy here. Nigel’s voice is melodic and powerful, with a raw edge, a description which applies to the sound of the album as a whole. Overall, it’s definitely Hard Rock, but with enough guitar muscle to border on Metal territory in places (“In The Name Of The King” and the title song spring to mind), and boasts the added attraction of vocal melodies run through with a healthy shot of AOR. In addition to Mr Bailey’s usual vocal and bass duties, he also turns his hand to guitar here, paired up with Mario Percudani, and they make a very effective partnership; passionate solos and soaring twin leads pepper the tracks, these harmonies in particular providing more musical hooklines alongside the catchy riffs and vocal lines. Here’s hoping Nigel takes these songs out on the road and establishes his namesake project as an ongoing band.