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Tandym – City Out of Time [1997]


RATING: 78/100


Jay Saffold – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Jimmy Baughman – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Scott Goodfellow – Vocals, Keyboards


01. City Out Of Time, 02. Can’t Blame The World, 03. Don’t Walk Away, 04. Jericho, 05. Annie, 06. Love Walked Away, 07. Symptom Of Reality, 08. I’ll Wait, 09. All In You, 10. Lovin’ For Granted, 11. The Busdriver


Tandym play what is best described as a mixture of straightforward rock, hard rock and AOR. The closest comparison I can think of is UK act Passion Street. This is AOR, but approached from a traditional rock perspective. I’ve got this idea that Tandym grew up listening to traditional hard rock, but somewhere along the line the band decided to go for a more melodic approach. However you describe it, they’re the sort of band that will appeal to Mood Swings readers.

Listening to the album, it is certainly possible to hear why the band have already won a couple of song writing competitions. The band keep the interest levels up by mixing ballads & uptempo numbers along with the mid-tempo tracks. “City Out Of Time” (a mid-tempo track that at first sounds like a low-key start but has you saying “yeah, not a bad start” by the end) kicks of the album well. My vote for best song on the album goes to “Annie”, which is one of the songs that won them a song writing award. Other highlights include “Can’t Blame The World” (featuring some nice piano parts), “Symptom Of Reality” (a good chorus) and “I’ll Wait” (a mid-tempo rocker that reminds me of BOC-style AOR).

Tandym have put together a very respectable debut for themselves.

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