Title - 'Incognito'
Artist - Duane Morano
For those not in the know, songwriter and guitarist Duane Morano has just released his stunning debut album, Incognito.
This quite pulsating album of 13 brand new tracks also comes fully enhanced by the fact that it features a slew of guests such as: Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss, Extreme’s Pat Badger and Kevin Figueiredo, The Firm/Blue Murder’s Tony Franklin, Firehouse’s Michael Foster and Bill Leverty, XYZ’s Terry Ilous, and Tyketto’s Danny Vaughn.
1. 'After The Love'
2. 'Cookie Jar'
3. 'Love Is A Lie'
4. 'Face The Fire'
6. 'Don't Believe You'
7. 'Barely Breathing'
8. 'Kid Gloves'
9. 'I Want Love'
13. 'Sincerely Yours'
On an album that began its creation via the now-defunct Pledge Music website, you would think that the hardest part of putting together an album such as this would be trying to get musicians from different bands spread across the country to come together at the same time!
But as it has been told by Morano, that wasn't an issue as they all came running the moment he opened up his studio doors and man, what a ringing endorsement that is for any album to have!
A masterful guitarist and expert composer, Morana opens with 'After The Love' (featuring the vocals of Danny Vaughn) and backed by both the throbbing guitar work of 'Cookie Jar' (Bryan Cole) and the Terry Ilous-sung 'Love Is A Lie,' the album (and the catchy choruses) instantly have you hooked for the day!
Chock full of late '80s and early '90s rock riffs and vocalizations, Incognito is the musical fix you always knew you needed for those of us that grew up to the originators of that era, showcasing all that and more to the max on the Vaughn-sung duo 'Face The Fire' and 'Giovanna.'
One of the stand out cuts here is also a tribute to the power and range found within Cole's vocals on 'Don't Believe You' which is followed seamlessly by another Vaughn pairing for the thunderous 'Barely Breathing' and the old-school rockin' funk of 'Kid Gloves.'
A couple from Ilous are up next in the form of 'I Want Love' and the only true ballad of the album, the almost-acoustic 'Hearts,' with the era-atmospheric 'Manhattan' (featuring Dan Michaels on vocals along with the guitar power of Nita Strauss) backing them up.
This quite wondrous debut album then comes to a close with 'Why' (Ilous), before rounding out with the ferocious 'Sincerely Yours' (Cole).
Highlighting the need for music like this in our times, Morano's guitar shred moments are restrained, sure, but guided and cultured nonetheless.
In closing, his group of assembled musical avengers here on Incognito are the most perfect additions to his cause, but it has to be noted that if a debut album can be as good as this, then Morano's sophomore has a lot to live up to!
"I had known Bill Leverty for a great many years so he was in from the beginning," Morano explains about how the album came to be. "Back in 2016 I was having dinner with Bill and was asked if I was ever going to unshelve a CD I started working on years ago."
"After some thought I finished a few of the tracks in my studio and sent them to Bill to be mixed. As we listened to the mixes it became clear to both of us I needed to get rid of the programmed drums, find a bass player instead of a guitar player trying to play bass, and get someone that could sing what I was struggling to attempt!"
"Changes needed to be made so that was when Bill suggested his drummer Michael Foster so I gave him a shout.”
Discussing some of the album’s highlights, Morano says: “Nita Strauss' solo on ‘Manhattan’ was a pick up your jaw off the floor moment. Bryan Cole’s vocals on ‘Don’t Believe You’ grabs elements of rock and blues with a touch of soul and delivers one of the best performances I’ve ever heard him do."
"The way Michael Foster and Pat Badger really cement and play with the groove on ‘Kid Gloves’ is really cool too.”
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