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'Runaway' won't change the world, but for fifty-four minutes it'll make it a little bit more fun.

There's been a bit of a buzz about this lot for a while now, the youngsters from New York having made a big impression with an independently produced EP and a few live shows. Tempt is made up of vocalist Zach Allen, guitarist/keyboardist Harrison Marcello and drummer Nicholas Burrows, joined here by bassist Max McDonald (who doesn't appear in the photos), but there are a few more names involved that will pique your interest.

Despite their young ages and not being Scandinavian, Tempt dish out simple, old-school Melodic Rock like they were born to it, and have had the sense (or guidance?) to work with people who know the genre inside out. Producers Tag Gross and Billy Strauss have worked in various aspects of the music business (Strauss was an engineer on Bruce Springsteen's 'Born In The USA'), with some tracks produced or co-written by ex-Bon Jovi collaborator Jack Ponti, whilst the album was mixed and mastered by none other than multi-platinum producer Michael Wagener. Catchy riffs, pounding drums, big layered harmonies and melodic guitar solos are the order of the day, nothing ground-breaking, just well done radio Rockers like 'Comin' On To You', 'Paralysed' and the infectious 'Aamina'. The killer AOR of 'The Fight' has that 'Shot Through The Heart' but curiously isn't one of Ponti's co-writes, but his collaboration 'Love Terminator' carries a serious punch and has a killer bridge. He also had a hand in the Dokken-esque riffs of 'Dirty One' and the power ballad 'Time Won't Heal', the latter alongside the band, Fredrik Bergh and Harem Scarem's Harry Hess.

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'Runaway' is big on enjoyment if not originality, Allen's rawer than usual vocal making 'Under My Skin' sound even more like Ratt than it already did, whilst 'Use It Or Lose It' and 'What Is love' channel a little Mike Tramp despite the former's sub-Cinderella riff. The rapid-fire 'Sapphire' is the heaviest song and the title track is the lightest, with Allen's lower register giving 'Fucked Up Beautiful' a more modern feel. The refreshing thing about 'Runaway' is that it's well produced without much of the cluttered sound and lack of dynamics that many similar releases have had in the last couple of decades.

Overall, Tempt and their alumni have taken the time and talent to make a great sounding album, 'Runaway' won't change the world, but for fifty-four minutes it'll make it a little bit more fun.

Phil Ashcroft

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