Anton Darusso was born and raised in Moscow, Russia where he studied piano at one of the best music schools, as well as taking private singing lessons. At the age of just seventeen, he moved to Costa Rica where he continued his studies. This was his second album as Darusso, following on from ‘Medicine For The Soul’, and was released in 2017. Apparently the concept behind this was to create music which is not about any particular genre, but about incorporating many different styles of music, and pulling them together with a melodic rock background. It took me a little while to realise what this album reminded me of, mostly because it was more about the feel than the music itself, and that is classic Dan Reed Network. Anton has a great voice, but I feel I also have to make a special mention of Xenia and her contribution to “Sorry” as it is simply outstanding.

This is a well-crafted album which the likes of Talisman would have been pleased to have been involved with, as it is one solid hook-laden monster after another. There is enough variation so it doesn’t cause a reaction due to too much sugar, but one would never think that was from a Russian living and recording in Costa Rica, as this is way too American. I’m a little surprised this is the first time I have heard it, and fans of solid AOR/melodic rock really should seek this out.

Rating: 7/10


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