From The Inside, the collaboration of vocalist Danny Vaughn (Tyketto) and producer Fabrizio Grossi, created quite a stir among melodic rock quarters with their debut disc in 2004. It was a sleek, stylish, and musically consistent project that impressed and entertained. For a follow up in 2008 we have 'Visions.' The previous adjectives are worth casting again particularly regarding the production, musicianship, and the passion of Vaughn's vocals. However, where the first work was brilliant, rising above others in the field, the sophomore release falls short, yet only slightly, of the first.
Three attributes carry the entirety of 'Visions.' The first is the clarity and vibrancy of the production probably due to Tommy Hansen's (TNT, Pretty Maids) mixing skills. The second blessing is the brilliant contributions of Jimi Bell on guitar whose fret work blisters with genuine enthusiasm and the power and passion of Danny Vaughn's vocals. As for the former, the guitar work is striking throughout, but most impressive on 'Making Waves,' 'Listen to Your Heart,' and '21st Century.' The same could be said for Vaughn, yet I found his greatest moments to be on 'If It's Not Love,' 'Light Years,' and 'Love Is No Stranger.' Finally, the songwriting is coherent and consistent throughout. But within this last characteristic comes the flaw. I was grooving along through the first seven songs when the consistency began steering towards ordinary. In the other words, though hardly boring in its parts, the latter songs of 'Visions' muddled into some monotony. Only the last song, 'Telemetry,' picked things up with it's outstanding vocal arrangements and heavier melodic rock riffs.
Don't get me wrong here: From The Insides's 'Visions' is impressive and entertaining, yet not quite as magnificent as the debut. Even when traveling through what I thought were more shallow parts, I was still more pleased at breadth and depth of their melodic rock as compared to many of their contemporaries. 'Visions' is a solid work that melodic rock fans will enjoy. Very recommended!
- Craig Hartranft
From The Inside's 'Visions' is impressive and entertaining, yet not quite as magnificent as their debut. Even when traveling through what I thought were more shallow parts, I was still more pleased at breadth and depth of their melodic rock as compared to many of their contemporaries. 'Visions' is a solid work that melodic rock fans will enjoy.
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