Mark Tiddy - Escape This Town

Published Wednesday 23rd February 2011
Mark Tiddy - Escape This Town
Mark Tiddy - Escape This Town

RATING 4 4 4 4
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 102411-17344
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Ian Webber

This free download set of 17 tracks is the first project put together by Mark Tiddy, a youth worker based in East Yorkshire. With a vision to see more Christian music in the UK he has drawn on his musical talents to write, record and produce this album. With a melodic, British rock feel, the majority of the tracks heavily feature guitars and keyboards. There are however a few cuts that veer into a heavier, punk-influenced sound. Mark has written some strong tunes and plays them skilfully. I was also impressed by the production on most of the album, except the hissing on the cymbals which grated on quieter tracks. Although there is musically a large variety on offer, the overall effect of the album is let down greatly by questionable vocal pitching while some of the lyrics at times lack maturity. Mark sounds at his best when he returns to an edgy delivery with the angry "All Fake And Just So Selfish" or "Pleading Insanity" where a maniacal delivery drives the music with energy. My favourite sounds include the guitars on "Something So Unbreakable" which are reminiscent of Nirvana. There is certainly talent here, but for future projects I would encourage Mark to seek out a better vocalist.

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