From The Inside
From The Inside
Frontiers Records
FRCD 199
· Produced By: Fabrizio V.Zee Grossi

· Running Time: 48.09

· Release Date: August 30

· Released: EU

· Musical Style: Melodic Rock

· Links: Frontiers Danny Vaughn
Songs: 94%
Sound: 98%
From The Inside is another project release that features a prominent melodic rock voice, coupled with a selection of familiar-ish tunes, plied together by the deft musical hand of one Fabrizio V.Zee Grossi.
Previous projects have seen the featuring of Kelly Hansen, Mickey Thomas and Joseph Williams.
The voice in question here is none other than superstar Danny Vaughn. Danny is most loved for his role in Tyketto and has been winding his way back to classic melodic rock via Vaughn, but this project is definitely the closest he has come to the much loved commercial melodic rock sound of Tyketto.
As expected this is a classy collection of tunes, which is a little different than the Mickey Thomas project Over The Edge, as it also includes a few new tracks by Vaughn.
Fabrizio is a great musician and arranger and brings out the best in the artists he works with. But there is no substitute for original material and that is why this album's best moments are the new tunes.
Some of the covers are great, but a couple don't work as well as they have on past projects.
Track By Track:
The uptempo feel good melodic rocker Nothing At All is almost classic Tyketto and would certainly fit either of the Vaughn releases. The self-penned track is classic Danny Vaughn, with the vocalist in top form, complete with soaring chorus and memorable vocal hooks.
Suddenly is a rocking version of the pop anthem Desmond Child and Andreas Carlsson wrote for Leanne Rimes. It's one of the best songs of the album. A song born for the full rocking AOR treatment - this is a great little anthem. Fight For Love is more in the Vaughn vein – a moody, musically layered mid-tempo rock track with that brooding quality Danny sings so perfectly.
Losing Game is one of two tracks written by the popular Swede Martin Stenmarck. This track is a dark and dramatic, slow to mid-tempo rock track, which follows in perfectly from the previous track. Very well interpreted by Danny who makes it his own.
Damn is another track that fits the Vaughn mold and features a very soulful performance and some well placed harmony vocals. A slower track that is cool, but maybe doesn't quite fit the quality level of some other tracks.
Stop is the second Stenmarck track included (originally from his album One). This is a uptempo, feel good pop rocker, which comes at a good time in the album, breaking up the mood a little. Once again Danny makes it his own.
Relentless is another mid-tempo rocker in the same vibe as the rest of the album, but it doesn't stand out as a truly memorable track. The original track can be found on LRB's Playing To Win album.
Blessing In Disguise does, however, really does the trick. This is when Danny Vaughn is at his very best – belting out his own tracks. I'd love to hear more story-telling tracks like this, especially ones with such great hooks. A wonderful track that takes me back to the Strength In Numbers album.
Is Anybody Watching Me is more pure brilliance. Looks like the second half of the album is blowing away the first! Quite possibly one of Danny's best ever tracks – there is more soul and passion on this track than one can take in on just one listen. Another sign that Danny's new material could be some of his best songwriting yet. More please.
Always is an uptempo rock ballad of sorts – it's another great soulful pop rock track that highlights Danny at his very best.
Danny's interpretation Amanda Marshall's pop ballad Beautiful Goodbye is haunting. The song was written by David Tyson and Christopher Ward – Tyson being a popular name in melodic songwriting circles. This is one of the best tracks included – almost as if it was made for Danny to sing. The sparse arrangement allows his voice to shine and carry the listener away. More classic music and definite proof that the second half of the album is utterly essential.
The CD adds the bonus Nothing At All video and a Danny Vaughn Video Interview, both of which you will have to judge for yourself, as these things aren't included on promos.
The Bottom Line
This is a gem of a record and one that all Danny Vaughn fans will want and will appreciate. I can't imagine any negative reviews in response to this set of songs. I can only anticipate fans will want to hear more new original material from the classy songwriter and masterful performer. This is a wonderfully passionate and soulful performance, which others would do well to emulate. Essential for fans of passionate, traditional melodic rock.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
· Tyketto - Strength In Numbers
· Tyketto - Don't Come Easy
· Vaughn - Soliders & Sailors By Riverside
· Vaughn - Fearless
· From The Inside

Line Up
· Danny Vaughn: Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars
· JM Scattolin: Guitar
· Joachin Cannaiuolo, Masayoshi Yamsuka: Drums
· Fabrizio: Bass, Keyboards

Essential for fans of:
· Danny Vaughn, Tyketto & Vaughn
· Perfect World, Over The Edge
Track Listing
· Nothing At All*
· Suddenly*
· Fight For Love
· Losing Game
· Damn
· Stop
· Relentless
· Blessing In Disguise*
· Is Anybody Watching Me?*
· Always*
· Beautiful Goodbye*
--*Best Tracks

14/10/05: Baltasar -
Rating: 100
Much more I heard the CD, more I like It... It´s a masterpiece... Very good songs.

26/11/04: Steve Cresswell -
Rating: 90
Good songs are good songs and a great singer is a great singer. This album is choc full of cool melodic rock tracks, most of which I've not come across before to think of it as merely a 'covers' kinda album, and Danny Vaughn's own tracks stand out for me as some of the best on the CD. The guy is an awesomely talented songwriter, but above all else he's just got an outstanding voice full of character, passion, harmony and power. For me he's one of those kinda singers like Richard Marx or Steven Curtis Chapman who can make an average song sound fantastic and with this album there's barely an average track in sight.
Alnum highlights? 'Nothing At All' is 10/10 for me, 'Suddenly', 'Losing Game' and 'Damn' are stonking too and the final 4 tracks from Vaughn's own songwriting reportoire are great, other than the final track 'Beautiful Goodbye' which is different, fits well in that position at the end of the album, but really does nothing for me at all.
Great album and if you like Tyketto/Vaughn then definitely, definitely buy it cos Danny sounds amazing and the tunes are top-dog!!

18/10/04: Steve Moore -
Rating: 90
Good album... but why crucify a great song... "Beautiful Goodbye". The original version sung by Amanda Marshall is just simply superb... Danny's version just doesn't cut the mustard.

08/10/04: ken ahl -
Rating: 95
Andrew i couldn't agree with you more on this release.
Dannys voice is amazing.the song sellection is greatas well.
My fave is the Rimes cover, suddenly.

25/09/04: Figge -
Rating: 68
Ok, I've given this CD some time now. I thought I had missed something....or that it would grow on me.

But....WHAT DO PEOPLE SEE IN THIS ALBUM. I don't get it. So standard, boring and not very well done at all. Danny has an ok voice for sure, but it doesn't save this album mostly containing covers of average pop/rock songs.

Standard and very average is my verdict. :-)

23/09/04: Mike R -
Rating: 92
I think this is one of the stronger melodic realese this year. I have read some of your rewiews here. And I am not so much about this cover songs on projects either. I think it´s a simple thing to do a record. But the point is how you do that, the different with Danny Vaughn is that he have done this songs to his own. Not just a copy, thats the big different here. Vaughn´s voice is amazing on this record, and you can not miss that´s songs that Danny Vaughn have written here is amazing. I think its a good mix of some covers and new material.
From the inside shows how you do a project record! This if very good. Strong production and strong songs!

21/09/04: Arjan -
Rating: 70
Great songs and Danny Vaughn is always a pleasure to listen to.The sound is a bit thin (but that seems to be normal in melodic rock these days !!!)

11/09/04: Horacio -
Rating: 75
From the Inside is a good album but sincerly, I was waiting for more. Danny Vaughn´s tallent is enormous and I love both his work in Tyketto and by himself. In fact, although Tyketto´s "Don´t Come Easy" is a classic, nowadays I enjoy more his albums as Vaughn as for me, they show a nearly perfect evolution of Danny as an artist. Back to From the Inside, I have to say that my fave songs from the album are not the original ones. I find Nothing at all, Blessing in disguise and Is anybody watching me? as "more of the same", with a lack of the passion Danny use to give us. I feel these songs are more like a "well, I have to write something heavier" but not meant from the heart. Anyway, it´s just my perception and as I said, my standouts go for Fight for love, Losing game, and Beautiful Goodbye. This last track specially show us why Danny is one of the best singers out there: he sings with heart and soul.

08/09/04: WardyS3 -
Rating: 70
I actually feel my rating is a little generous as in its entirety this album doesn't do a whole lot for me. The covers are okay but just don't stand up to the original tracks that Danny has provided himself. Regardless, it's still enjoyable listening and I hope that Vaughn is heading back to his melodic roots from here, his Vaughn albums okay but always highlighted by the more Tyketto sounding tracks, so fingers crossed we get a new Tyketto album soon. The interview Andrew did with Danny recently was superb and hints at the possibility however it wouldn't be a full time project. Who cares? Bring it on.

Sorry, got carried away, but for the record From the Inside is excellently performed and there's no arguing it's a decent release.

08/09/04: colin gladwin -
Rating: 95
Best album of the year by far, Dannys voice is awesome as usual the songs are fantastic it makes you wonder what it takes to get music like this onto the radio and into the charts This album is a must for any fans of AOR Get out and see Danny with the original lineup of Tyketto in november you will not be disappointed

06/09/04: Dan -
Rating: 90
Ever since hearing the sample of the opening track "Nothing at All", I couldn't wait to hear this release. And for the most part, this is an excellent cd. It took a few listens to really digest some of the songs, and except for "Relentless" and "Beautiful Goodbye", there really isn't any bad tracks on the album.

29/08/04: Freddy De Keyzer -
Rating: 75
Great and fantastic AOR/melodic rock release indeed, but only a 75 rating !!!!! And rightly so !
How good the voice of Danny might be or how great the musianship on this CD is, fact remains that there are more covers than original material on this disc. And I can't appreciate that at all, I even have no respect for it !
If this was been a totally original release, it would have had a rating of 90, but it is for a great part a covers album (and the originals are better ! ALways !). Don't understand people don't notice that fact !

29/08/04: Mark -
Rating: 95
A superb and underrated talent - what a voice! The songs are great here and this is for me the AOR release of the year so far.

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