Da Vinci – Da Vinci [1987]

PhotobucketCountry Norway         

Style AOR

Rating 86/100

Band Members Bjorn Boge – Bass, Vocals, Dag Selboskar – Keyboards, Vocals, Gunnar Westlie – Guitar, Vocals, Jarle Maloy – Drums, Lars Aass – Lead Vocals

Tracks 01. Lookin’ For Love (3:33), 02. Dreamin’ (4:27), 03. Tarquinia (5:35), 04. Corina (3:38), 05. Look At Me Now [Intro] (0:29), 06. Look At Me Now (4:08), 07. Forever in My Heart (4:00), 08. She’s A He (4:00), 09. Young Desperado (5:12)

Profile This is the self-titled debut album by Norwegian melodic rock/AOR band “Da Vinci” originally released in 1987, re-issued in 2006 by “MTM Music”. The line up features lead singer Lars Aass, guitarist Gunnar Westlie, bassist Bjorn Boge, drummer Jarle Maloy and keyboardist Dag Selboskar.

Upon first play one notices the over-produced rhythm section which dominates the rhythmic of the album from the first song to the last. The second characteristic of “Da Vinci” identifiable early on is their melodic orientation. The guitars, complemented by the keyboards, provide the majority of melodies found on this debut not to mention a range of masterful solos. Equally important, as you would expect, is the contribution of singer Lars who can handle just about every vocal melody whether he sings over a keyboard into or leading the band into an intense chorus on top of all instruments.

One could roughly describe “Da Vinci” as a subtler version of “Europe”, baring the same thick production but at the same time relying very little on riffs, which is quite remarkable for a rock band by any standards. Clearly, melody is the name of the game for “Da Vinci” and the more one moves along the track list the bigger the melodies and the more intense the performance becomes. Standout tracks include “Forever in my heart”, “lookin’ for love”, “Dreamin'” , “look at me now” and the power-ballad “Ain’t no goodbyes”; to be fair each and every of these songs could be regarded as classic of `80s AOR baring the flamboyance of melodic hard rock coated with the subtlety of adult oriented rock. Fans of the genre as well as collectors should definitely grab “Da Vinci”s debut album provided the opportunity.

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By Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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