Track Listing
Afterglow
How I Got This Way (2)
Creepin' Up Slowly
Forest For The Trees (3)
Afraid To Fly
Saffron (1)
This Time
Enemy
Skin
Happiness Without You
Stronger
Wait
Madrigal

(*) Best Tracks

Discography & (Rank)
Imaginate (1)
Garage Mahal (2)

Buy it if you liked:
SR-71 - Now You See Inside
TaxiRide - Imaginate
Butch Walker - Left Of Self Centered

Line Up
Jason Singh
Tim Watson
Tim Wild
Andy McIvor
Sean McLeod
TAXIRIDE
Garage Mahal
Warner Australia
Produced By: Fred Maher & Taxiride
Running Time: 47.15 Genre: Nu-Breed
Release Date: Out Now Released: AU
WebLink: Taxiride LabelLink: Warner Australia
93%

Aussie rockers Taxiride are a talented bunch of guys. They certainly know how to write a great song and although are almost classic rock in vibe, are one of the hot shot nu-breed bands around currently.
Their debut was half stripped back acoustic, half sweet pop rock.
It seems that the band have benefited from the touring and constant living together that followed the massive success of the debut.
Because this album is far more a cohesive band effort and flows effortlessly from the opening track to the closer. It's tighter; it's far heavier and will appeal more to fans of great melodic hard rock.
The four guys are all singers and the harmonies and vocal hooks on this album are some of the best in any form of melodic music in recent years.
They remind me of what Nelson might be like if they were 10 years younger and twice as heavy.
Importantly, the songs on Garage Mahal are even better than on their debut - catchier than ever and hook filled from the opening note.
The guys have a flair for including different vibes within their songs and within their album as a whole. The use of effects and a super high quality production helps them include classic rock, 70's funk, 80's pop and today's contemporary modern rock within their songs.
But strip it all back and it's plain and simple, these are classic freaking great rock songs.
The opening trio of Afterglow, How I Got This Way and Creeping Up Slowly are just some of the best commercial rock songs you will hear.
Forrest For The Trees is also a cool retro rocker with a Zeppelin-esque vibe.
It's surprising how heavy these guys have got between albums yet the layers of harmony vocals seem to soften the delivery. It's a cool effect.
First thing you have to do when you buy the album is throw on track 6. Saffron is one of the finest 'holy crap' songs you will ever hear. You know what I mean you get to the chorus and go 'Holy crap, how good is this??!!'
The soaring multi-layered chorus and feel good riff will make this track a contender for song of the year. Nu-breed or old breed, there won't be many that don't appreciate this.
Utterly essential if you are a fan of nu-breed melodic rock and well worthy of a purchase for anyone else. It might just be the catalyst to get classic rock fans into the new millennium.

The Bottom Line
Another hot shot nu-breed release. Tighter, better produced, rockier and catchier than their already great debut, Taxiride will attract attention with this release.
Just when you though nu-breed had a chance of running out of steam, 2002 comes along and these guys are as the head of the line as far as must have modern rock releases.
You'll need an appreciation for the nu-breed sound, but this is still classic rock at heart. If you liked the modern edge to Harem Scarem's Weight Of The World - try this out as your next step.
Another great example of the classic melodic rock sound being carried forward.
Ok artwork, good value running time and no complaints with the track order, although waiting until track 6 for Saffron is almost criminal!

Additional Ratings
Songwriting
93%
Attitude
95%
Production
98%
Sundries
90%

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