Almost four years after their debut album From the Inside return with this, their new release, Visions (Frontiers Records, 2008). Once again Danny Vaughn (Tyketto) and Fabrizio Grossi (Starbreaker, Glenn Hughes) team up along with guitarist Jimi Bell, drummer Peter Lobo and Eric Ragno (keyboards) to produce a melodic rock album laden with impossibly catchy, melodic hooks and radio friendly songs.
Danny Vaughn, of course, shot to fame as lead singer with Tyketto and on Visions delivers one of his most potent performances yet. He had just completed a tour with Journey and the experience clearly left its mark. When he got to work writing new songs for the album with Grossi and Ragno he was able to continue that vibe and produce song after song of melodic quality. Between them they wrote half the album with further tracks being written by Tom and James Martin (House of Lords) and Joey Carbone who contributed the excellent “Love Is No Stranger”.
From The Inside seem able to tap into a seemingly bottomless well of melodic rock material. Combine the excellent song writing to the effortlessly effective voice of Danny Vaughn and musicianship that totally compliments the material, and you have all the makings of a memorable album. Visions not only builds upon their well received first album but manages to propel the band forward onto an altogether higher level.
From the impressive opener “Light Years” all the way through the twelve tracks on the album they manage to maintain a staggeringly high quality. Fabrizio Grossi’s production is spot on and the set list is well paced with songs of love, life, and relationships getting going or going bad. Songs such as “Making Waves” and “Visions” give Danny the perfect platform to illustrate why he is such a highly regarded vocalist. “If It’s Not Love”, “Listen to Your Heart”, and “Love Is No Stranger” sit together perfectly each complimenting the other. The latter contains a `smooth Jimi Bell guitar solo which is the definition of how melodic rock should be played.