Romeo’s Daughter – Romeo’s Daughter [1988]

Country United Kingdom          

Style AOR

Rating 87/100

Band Members Craig Joiner – Guitars, Vocals, Leigh Matty – Vocals, Tony Mitman – Keyboards

Tracks 01. Heaven In The Backseat (5:02), 02. Don’t Break My Heart (4:14), 03. I Cry Myself To Sleep At Night (4:47), 04. Wild Child (4:41), 05. Hymn (Look Through Golden Eyes) (3:10), 06. Velvet Tongue (6:05), 07. Stay With Me Tonight (5:05), 08. Inside Out (4:06), 09. I Like What I See (3:40), 10. Colour You A Smile (5:02)

 Profile “Romeo’s Daughter” is the self-titled debut album by the female-fronted UK melodic rock/AOR band, originally released in 1988, re-issued by “Rock Candy” records in 2008. The line up features lead singer Leigh Matty, guitarist Craig Joiner and keyboardist Tony Mitman.

“Rome’s Daughter” is vocal driven, adult oriented rock with electric guitars and keyboards, mostly supporting Matty’s voice which carries all the core melodies on this debut. Regarding the overall performance, it is very true that “Romeo’s Daughter” stands far form the exaggerative, overblown `80s rock sound (with the exception of the huge drum sound). On the contrary, their debut seemed tailor made for the airwaves, complying to the principles of radio-rock at the time.

Most of the album moves from standard-tempo to mid-tempo AOR featuring two ballads in “I cry myself to sleep at night” and “Stay with me tonight”. Still the more up-beat rockers of “Romeo’s Daughter” tend to leave a lasting impression namely the opener “Heaven in the backseat”, the video single “Don’t break my heart”, “Wild Child” and “Inside out”.

Though often regarded as a landmark in adult oriented rock by the genre’s enthusiasts, the “Romeo’s Daughter” debut is not too far from standard radio-friendly melodic rock, clearly prioritizing vocals over technique and instrumentations; still it should provide a genuine musical experience for fans of female fronted melodic rock in the style of Robin Beck and Fiona Flanagan.

Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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