Doing business as DBA is keyboardist Geoff Downes (The Buggles, Yes, Asia) and internationally known singer, songwriter, and producer Chris Braide. Both highly respected artists have better than 30 years in the music business. Their association is not by chance as both have wanted to work with the other for quite sometime.
DBA:: Sunday News radio edit.
The result is their debut album Pictures of You. Expect Downes' immense keyboard layers creating lush atmosphere and ambience and Braide's smooth, nearly wistful, vocal style complimenting the former. The music is rather gentle stuff, basically AOR melodic rock. Some songs can have more spunk like Road to Ruin, maybe The Superfortress, and parts of the Sunday News Suite. Some songs are simply light and ethereal, like Live for the Moment and Sky Sailor.
Despite, Downes' background Pictures of You probably shouldn't be cast as progressive rock. However, the four part Sunday News Suite might come close. While not diminishing the other stand alone songs, it's the most interesting and entertaining song of the album. Songs That Can Heal is a very close second. Production and mix are superior making Pictures of You, overall, a simply fine sounding album. Although if you're not big on what's largely compositions of voice and keyboards, you might come away unsatisfied. Let's hope the Downes Braide Association is not just another one-off project, also. Quite recommended.
Talented musicians Geoff Downes and Chris Braide become DBA and offer Pictures of You, a delightful album of lighter AOR melodic rock.
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