Diving For Pearls – Diving For Pearls [1989]

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Style AOR

Rating 87/100

Band Members Danny Malone – Vocals, Guitars, David Weeks – Bass, Jack Moran – Keyboards, Peter Clemente – Drums, Yul Vazquez – Guitars

Tracks 01. Gimme Your Good Lovin’ (4:18), 02. Have You Forgotten? (3:39), 03. I Close My Eyes (3:30), 04. New Moon (4:06), 05. Never On Monday (4:04), 06. You’re All I Know (4:48), 07. Mystery Me (3:27), 08. I Don’t Want To Cry (4:05), 09. Keep Our Love Alive (3:53), 10. The Girl Can’t Stop It (3:42)

Profile The late `80s and early `90s is full of stories of melodic rock bands that could have, should have, made it big, but were largely overlooked. Neverland is one, as is Tyketto. And then there’s Diving for Pearls. By all appearances, the NYC-based band was just another bunch of long-haired party rockers, but once their self-titled 1989 debut starts playing you know you’re in for something special.

It’s hard to pin down Diving for Pearls’ sound. There are elements of radio-friendly melodic rockers Bon Jovi and Def Leppard, but the songs on this album aren’t as party-oriented or shallow. This is smooth melodic rock with real heart and soul, and at its heart you can hear the influence of AOR bands like Journey and Cheap Trick as well as traces of `80s pop like Simple Minds and Glass Tiger. It’s a fantastic mix of sounds. There are plenty of rocking songs on the album, but it’s the slower, more romantic songs that really stand out. As love songs go, tracks like “I Don’t Want to Cry” and “I Close My Eyes” are as good as it gets. The prominent keyboards and Danny Malone’s powerful vocals tend to steal the show, but there’s also some really impressive guitar work here.

It’s a shame this band didn’t catch on, because they were definitely more than just another “hair band,” and had great potential. We all know how the early `90s treated the melodic rock bands though. Diving for Pearls was another casualty of the alternative rock wave, though they live on in the hearts of the die-hard `80s rock fans. If you missed this band the first time around, do yourself a favor and pick up this album, especially now that there’s such a nice reissue available.

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Reviewed by Justin

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