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Java - 2017 Change Of Heart




ARTIST: Java
ALBUM: Change Of Heart
LABEL: Escape Music
SERIAL: ESM306
YEAR: 2017

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LINEUP: Rosella Santoro - lead vocals, keyboards * Martin Latham - guitar * Rob Deegan - bass * Darran Bridge - drums

TRACK LISTING:? 01 Forever And Ever * 02 Change Of Heart * 03 Helpless * 04 For Those Who Love You Still * 05 Hellraiser * 06 Can You Get Enough * 07 You And I * 08 You Really Do Know * 09 This Is The Time * 10 Mama's Boy

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Background
Escape Music have seen fit to release an album of material from a London based band who operated in the 80's. They were called Java, long before coffee beans and computer code became famous, but probably not as famous as the Indonesian island. During their run, they were mostly a four-piece female fronted melodic rock band, but they never landed the big record deal they were hoping for. In hindsight, I always wonder why record labels never signed some bands, who then broke up after all their hard work which amounted to nothing. Java were one of many bands to come away empty handed, despite the promise and the talent.



The Songs
Java recorded much of this material during 1987, and we are now hearing these songs thirty years later. The obvious comparisons are bands/artists like Romeo's Daughter, If Only and Lee Aaron. The musical elements are top notch, including lush keyboard parts and some stunning guitar work from Martin Latham. There are ten choice cuts here, and I enjoyed most of them, as there was a lot of variety and solid arrangements. From the rollickimg opener 'Forever And Ever' to the stirring closer 'Mama's Boy', there is much to investigate and enjoy. Highlights for me appear in the middle, with a rousing cover of The Sweet's 'Hellraiser' and the immense 'Can You Get Enough' being the picks of the bunch. Rosella Santoro has a vocal similar to Swedish goddess Tone Norum, while Latham's guitar work is top notch.


In Summary
With Java getting so close to that elusive deal, the band's downfall was bought about by the departure of Martin Latham, who was an integral part of the Java sound. Listening to this album all these years later it's plain to see there was some definite talent here. In a live context Java were pretty decent too. A great shame for its time that Java didn't get over the line, but kudos to Escape Music for getting behind this album release, after being locked away in a closet for thirty years.


Videos
Java - 2017 Forever And Ever


Java - Promo Video




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