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Get Ready To ROCK! has been around sixteen years now, almost as long as I have been reviewing, and over that time I am always surprised and delighted at the many musical discoveries I have made along the way. The latest to impress is this album from Dan Miraldi, a musical cocktail of rock n roll beats, power pop melodies and some damn fine tunes.
The album has been in the making since 2015 and Dan Miraldi gives a good summary of what the album is about – “Alphabet City 2 AM is different from my other albums in that the songs all come from one specific time and place. It’s a record about modern dating in New York City. It was written within the span of a year, between the fall of 2015 and 2016. It just took me a while to find the time to finally finish recording it.”
Songs like opener ‘Woke Up Naked’ and ‘She Knows’ have blissful choruses, big melodic hooks and in the case of ‘She Knows’, recall Butch Walker. Dan Miraldi has a smooth vocal that suits ‘Chelsea Girl’, with its harmony vocals recalling Jellyfish, ELO – those bands who just ooze class when it comes to creating memorable pop rock songs.
Bit of an 80′s vibe on the synth drums on ‘Living Out Loud’, again a gentle tune, full of melody and the lyrical content keeps within the album’s theme of modern dating. Any of the songs on here would be ideal on a power pop/pop rock playlist.
‘Every Day Of The Week’ would be a hit in an alternate universe where mainstream radio played songs that weren’t plagued by auto tune. Lots of piano, a big chorus and nice bit of rock ‘n’ roll twang on the guitar, what’s not to like?
Dan Miraldi’s ’Alphabet City 2AM’ is one to savour, a perfect mix of upbeat pop rock and mellower, reflective songs. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
On Sunday 28 July 2019, David Randall celebrated his 600th show. “Assume The Position” started in June 2007 on UK City Radio before transferring a year later to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. The show includes tracks played on the first show plus Upton Blues Festival highlights, new music and the regular features “Live Legends” and “Anniversary Rock” which this week celebrates the Island Records label 60th anniversary.
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Power Plays w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)
BEFORE FIRE Dead Eyes (indie)
SCOTT & MARIA Never Give Up (indie)
CORELEONI Queen Of Hearts (AFM Records)
BERLIN Transcendance (Cleopatra Records)
PHIL CAMPBELL These Old Boots (Nuclear Blast)
PHIL LANZON Blue Mountain (Phil Lanzon Ditties/Cargo Records UK)
Featured Albums w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 SOLEIL MOON Warrior (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 ROXY BLUE Roxy Blue (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS Dragons (Magnolia Music/Thirty Tigers)
Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)
JAMES STEVENSON Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over (2013)
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