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A pretty run of the mill Hard Rock album.

Well, what a mighty mash up this is! Not only legendary vocalist Paul Sabu, but also stalwart of the British Rock scene Vince O'Reagan, late of Legion and many other projects and groups. Let's be frank here, I like both musicians (even if some would like to burn O'Reagan at the stake) and was looking forward to seeing what could be produced. The result? A resounding "nothing special"... oh dear.

First up, the matter of Sabu's vocals should be addressed, because he doesn't sound all that good. Every song sounds like he's one note away from rupturing his vocal chords, and that once great voice now has absolutely nothing to make it stand out from any other gruff-voiced singer on the circuit. It's not terrible by any means, but it just doesn't soar, and as a result the songs don't either.

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The songs themselves are a rather pedestrian bunch; the usual chest-beating Power Rock that O'Reagan specializes in, livened up at times by seriously widdly guitar. The production is a bit messy which doesn't help, but even so, there's nothing that especially stands out or sticks in your mind. It really is the guitar solos, such as the one in 'Tell Me Why' (probably the strongest track here) that are the only thing that makes the album come alive.

I'm loathed to pour any scorn on two such talented blokes, but Coda just doesn't work to any degree that justifies investment, emotionally of monetarily. In the end, it's a pretty run of the mill Hard Rock album that should really have been released on Zzzzzzzzzz Records, not Z Records.

Alan Holloway

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