Daylight Robbery - Falling Back to Earth (Solar Flare)

UK hopefulls plunder the past with mixed results...
Release Date: 
13 Oct 2014 (All day)

UK hard rockers Daylight Robbery return with a new album, Falling Back to Earth, that once again brings their slick package of mid-eighties influenced Brit rock/AOR to the ears, all he while bringing back MEMORIES of the glory days of this type of stuff without really stirring you into any sort of affirmative rock action whilst listening.

That sounds a bit negative, but the TRUTH of the matter here is that, whilst everyone in this band is on the money instrumentally or vocally, Falling Back to Earth just ain’t quite good enough to start any sort of Daylight Robbery bandwagon a rollin’ just yet.

However, listeners of a certain age WILL revel in a lot of the material here; Paradise is Lost is pretty solid stuff, whilst the excellent Samarah Never Sleeps and Fallen Star both highlight the impassioned vocalisin’ of frontman Tony Nicholls. On the flip side of those two nuggets, less successful is the attempted heavy rocker Redlights, which just comes across as something UK AOR hopefuls Tobruk might have recorded and cast aside in 1985 – although guitarist Mark Carleton does contribute a pretty neat solo on the track.

In fact, Carleton’s playing is a HIGHLIGHT throughout the album, coming across kinda like a less bombastic version of Dare/Ten/Asia man Vinny Burns; Always tasteful but with a quick fingered style that’s genuinely excitin’ to listen to, the man might well be a bit of a star in the making.

But for the many positives I'm gettin' from this album, Daylight Robbery are fighting a losing battle from the start with Falling Back to Earth I’m afraid. If people want to hear this kind of music in 2014 then Uriah Heep have already released a pretty good version of it, and Micky Box and company have the benefit of being on AOR speciality label Frontiers to give their record a bit of a push. Daylight Robbery, self funded all the way, don’t have any of that Oomph behind them and seem DOOMED consequently to failure. Which is a shame, ‘cos there’s a fair bit to like if you’re a fan of latterday Magnum, Airrace and bands of their ilk – go on, show your support for a bit of roots music! I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.