1. No Where To Go
2. You Don’t Need To This Anymore
3. Waiting For Rain To Come
4. Soldier Of Fortune
7. Travel Through Time
8. Fly 4:15
9. This Is My Time
10. Without You
11. Outside Looking In
Release Date: 20 April 2012 – Escape Music
Mike Walsh is back ! After nearly ten years multi talented Mike Walsh is starting again with his new project Departure. Again he ordered a first class vocalist for his new album „Hitch a Ride“, Andi Kravljaca of Silent Call. In this former albums there were Ken Michaels, Dave Baldwin and Timotheus Lewis…also masters of this genre.
Duey Ribestello Drums
Ryan Walsh Bass
Mike Walsh Gituar/ Keybords
Andi Kravljaca Vocals
All starts with „Nowhere to go“. A well done opener that points with catchy melodies and keyboard inputs. Also the two follow up’s has to be counted into the category, likeful AOR songs to shake your legs. The vocals of Andi Kravljaca fits best and can be highly remembered. He owns a big, variable voice. Also the guitar solos of Mike Walsh are totally listenable. You can hear out his multi talent.
„Soldier of Fortune“ is a brilliant rock song. Showing the knowledge of every single musician. Andi’s voice appears harder here…all is in a well line, vocals, solos, tempo changes.
„Luvsick“ is a real ladies song, ha ha. A little overloaded with sugar but for me as a girl a great song.
The perfect track for partys „Roses“ is a wonderful love song that is appearing a little harder. That’s the right sing for that.
More atmospheric song comes with „Without you“. If I listened to it, I thought I will know the song from somewhere…but I can’t remember.
„Hitch a Ride“ is a classic AOR album. Those who like Journey, Saga or Kansas cannot do anything wrong with this release. I liked the first rockin’ part of the album more than the second which is a little to silent and doesn’t really kicks your ass .
You can hear the class of the musicians for sure but the last little thing for making „Hitch a Ride“ an upper class album is missing. As I said….the rockin’ parts are the best. But they are reduced to radio orientated 3 minute songs. The second parts are a little longer. It would have been better if this parts were changed in their length.
Summary….AOR lovers will like that album and we will find that album hopefully in their CD racks. And that’s the only thing that counts.
Review by Angel
1 No Where To Go 5:14
2 You Don’t Need To This Anymore 3:39
3 Waiting For Rain To Come 4:46
4 Soldier Of Fortune 3:51
5 LuvSick 3:10
6 Roses 4:52
7 Travel Through Time 4:14
8 Fly 4:15
9 This Is My Time 4:16
10 Without You 3:47
11 Outside Looking In 3:31
Release Date: 20th April 2012 – Escape Music
Mike Walsh: Guitars, Keyboards
Duey Ribestello – Drums
Ryan Walsh – Bass
Andi Kravljaca – Lead Vocals
Produced by Mike Walsh
Mixed and Mastered by Martin Kronlund at JM Recording Studio Gothenburg,
Departure is the brainchild of American Multi-instrumentalist Mike Walsh who
has a vast experience in the music industry. Over the years he has worked on
numerous projects, such as Mark Thompson-Smith (Praying Mantis) and Dean
Fasano’s Message. Mike has also worked with Bon Jovi over the years as well
as having produced, scored, written and arranged several New Jersey Bands.
To ice the cake Mike has had the privilege of playing alongside such greats
as Glen Burtnick and Aldo Nova.
In 1998 Mike gave us “Departure” (ESM028) which featured Ken Michaels on
vocals and with special guest Dave Rosenthal (Red Dawn). This debut caught
everyone’s attention as it combined the sounds of Saga, Journey, Toto and
Tour de Force. The pressure was on to follow it up and so came “Open Your
Mind” (ESM050) a year later with Dave Baldwin (Tradia / Voices / Solo) on
lead vocals. Dave brought in a more pomp rock element and the band sounded
more like a hybrid of Styx and Kansas. The album was beautifully arranged
and boasted huge guitar solos, and immense layered keyboards. Dave Rosenthal
once again guested on keys and also Duey Ribestello (Joe Lynn Turner) joined
in on drums. At this time Departure were gaining popularity and their brand
of melodic rock soon spread. At the end of 2001 the third Departure CD
“Corporate Wheel” (ESM082) was released and, once again, Mike used a
different vocalist, namely Timothy Lewis, a man who had an unbelievable
vocal range. Mike’s guitar and keyboards were simply awe-inspiring and it
really put Departure into the melodic rock hall of fame. “Corporate Wheel”
has often been regarded as their finest release.that is..until now!
To follow these three masterpieces would prove to be very tough and it has
taken a decade to unleash a fourth CD “Hitch a Ride” onto the eagerly
awaiting melodic rock community. But boy it is worth the wait..a release of
epic proportions. Andi Kravljaca (Silent Call) has taken to the mike stand
to deliver an outstanding vocal performance. The calibre of his vocals
coupled with fine musicianship brings us a powerful array of tunes that
stand out as Departure’s most powerful outing to date. Songs like “No Where
to go”, “Soldier of Fortune” and “Roses” are just simply forces to be
Departure are back with a vengeance, there is no finer way to start 2012