David Glen Eisley – Stranger From The Past [2000]

Country USA          Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 86/100

Band Members
David Glen Eisley – Vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, Stephan Ellis,Chuck Wright,Ricky Phillips – Bass, Craig Goldy – Guitars, Pat Regan – Keyboards, Ron Wikso – Drums

Tracks
01. The Return (2:10), 02. Stranger From The Past (4:50), 03. Can’t Call It Love (5:24), 04. Run Run Run (4:07), 05. Sing Brother (6:06), 06. Don’t Turn Away (4:57), 07. Who You Tryin’ To Fool (5:09), 08. Stranger In Love (5:04), 09. Can’t Wait Forever (5:27), 10. When It’s Over (4:49), 11. Olivia (4:20), 12. Waiting On Heaven (5:03), 13. Departure (0:29)

PROFILE

“Stranger from the past” is the debut solo album by American singer David Glen Eisley, originally released in 2001. Amongst AOR fans Eisely is recognized as the singer of the `80s melodic rock band “Giuffria” having fronted them on their two studio albums, before the outfit re-formed into “House of Lords”.

Over a decade past the issuing of “Stranger from the past”, one finds that the release is still amongst the greatest come-back albums to be issued by `Frontiers Records’. The main reason contributing to the album’s appeal is that David revisits the sound that made him popular during the early-mid `80s as opposed to experimenting or trying to sound modern. In fact “Strangers…” features material drawing musically upon both “Giuffria” and “House of Lords”. “Sing Brother”, “Don’t turn away”, “Olivia” and “Stranger in love” belong in the first category being keyboard driven, while substantially smoother in terms of productions and arrangements. The rest of the album comes very close to the pomp melodic hard rock sound of “House of Lords” (referring to their post-millenium works); “Run Run Run”, “Can’t wait forever”, “When it’s over” along with the title track could have easily found home on a “House of Lords” album.

The consistency in style between this solo effort and the two bands is hardly surprising when considering that David reunited with original “Giuffria” members, guitarist Craig Goldy and bassist Chuck Wright who retain the standards of the group in terms of arrangements and performance. David for his part is stellar, as expected, delivering once again forceful, masculine and convincing vocal performances making the compositions all the more climactic. Overall “Strangers of the past” meets the standards of the “Giuffria”/”House of Lords” musical legacy, lacking nowhere in comparison-Indeed a must-have for fans of the bands referenced above.

By Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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