CUSTOMIZED Review

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"Listening to the debut album by Liverpool based Torino you would never believe the line-up has only been settled since April '87. What they have come up with is very commendable, tight sounding disc full of Melodic Rock in the vein of U.S. megastars Bon Jovi and Autograph. The band centres around Stuart Fox (vocals) and Brian Mckeown (guitar), with this pairing responsible for writing most of the material on offer. The line-up is completed by the solid rhythm section of Brian Dixon (drums) and Paul Diamond (once a member of the infamous Rox, on bass) who, whilst never really contributing anything out of the ordinary, provides a tough backbeat from which the vocals can really pour on the power.

The first time I played the album Bon Jovi sprang to mind but the more I listen to some of the tines ("Never Surrender" and "Call Of The Wild" in particular) the more thy sound like Autograph songs (which is no bad thing).

Best cuts have to be "Out Of The Fire," with it's neat keyboard intro and amazing guitar solo and "Dance Crazy", a definite live killer which comes across as an amalgam of "War Machine," (Kiss) and "Dancing On Glass," (Motley Crue).

On tracks like "Somewhere," and "Take My Heart Away," the guys really hit the commercial nail on the head though. Surely if they could get some airplay with these songs then stardom would only be a matter of time away.

Special mention should also be made to the cover version of "Steal My Thunder," which was originally recorded by the brilliant Export (main man Steve Morris actually produced "Customized") and especially to the backing vocal contribution from Tony Mills of Shy who contributes way above the call of duty.

Overall an album which the guys can be justifiably proud of and one which should see them getting their feet firmly in the Melodic Rock door!"

7/10

 

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"This must be the closest thing you can get to a British Bon Jovi, they even look the part. These guys from Liverpool really give it some stick. "Take My Heart Away," is a scorcher; "Surrender" is a real tear jerker. That's all the qualities of AOR/Glam rock, and these boys will rock your socks off."

4*