TARA’S SECRET – Tomorrow The World [remastered 2018]
UK band TARA’S SECRET existed from 2003-2010, releasing in between two delicious Melodic Rock / AOR albums impossible to find nowadays (I’ve seen a copy at eBay for over $200). So now they decided to remaster 2018 both CD and make it available again for all fans of the genre.
“Tomorrow The World” is their debut album, a collection of classic, ’80s inspired songs mixing Melodic Rock & AOR.
Formed from Burton on Trent band Fuse, Tara’s Secret played their first gig supporting a Blondie tribute band at Robin 2, Bilston in 2003. After some line up changes, they recorded a demo titled ‘Spectrum Wheel’ at a Hednesford studio which opened some doors for them, and the band sat back down and churned out another album, “Tomorrow The World”, recorded at Magnum’s Mad Hat studios.
Reviews rolled in from all over the world, 3 label offers and great support from both ARFM and Fireworks magazine.
Gigs all over, support slots with ACT, Jadis, Y&T, Dante Fox, etc, and a most memorable performance at the UK Journey fan club event in Yorkshire.
The album starts off with “Drive Me Home”. It begins with Van Halenesque Jump-like keyboards and lyrics including lines like ‘rock you like a hurricane’, ‘don’t stop believin’, ‘livin’ on a prayer’ and ‘rock on the radio’ – you get a clue where this British band might get their influences from.
I like this song partly because of the impressively clever lyrics using some of our favorite song titles, although of course it still has to be a good song musically, and it is. It has a bit of a British AOR sound circa 1987 as well, and I like it.
On this 2018 remastered reissue the original second track titled I Believe was discarded, and the number which follows is “Summer Days”. I guess its title says all, isn’t it? Melodic Rock with sweet vocals & guitars.
Then “King Of Meville” put the pedal to the metal with a hard rocking tempo. However the synths are all over and the harmony vocals are really well done. Johnny Trowbridge sings with much more muscle here, akin 80s MEATLOAF.
We shift gears again with “The Storm Inside”, an elegant AOR tune with dynamic midtempo verses which at places brings to mind BON JOVI first album. “Love Shy” has that kind of ‘action movie’ atmosphere and again an AORish touch recalling AFTER HOURS.
“Train of Love” is a straight melodic rocker with a strong chorus, “In Movies” is catchy with slightly LOVERBOY-like harmonies, while “Shepherd’s Warning” is a fine semi-ballad comparable to BRONZ.
I find a FOREIGNER influence in “Fantasy Girl”, then closer “The Light” is a great ballad arranged around very good harmony vocals (most members contribute), synths and melodic guitars.
On their first album “Tomorrow The World” Tara’s Secret put together their influences, mostly from the ’80s, and the acts mentioned above are a good reference for the music packed here.
Self-produced / released, “Tomorrow The World” never was the best sound record in the world, and this fresh 2018 remaster has noticeably increased the sound quality.
It’s classy Melodic Rock / AOR, it’s really good stuff.
You’ve seen it first here, at 0dayrox
01 – Drive Me Home
02 – Summer Days
03 – King of Meville
04 – The Storm Inside
05 – Love Shy
06 – Train of Love
07 – In Movies
08 – Shepherd’s Warning
09 – Song For Ellen
10 – Fantasy Girl
11 – The Light
Johnny Trowbridge – lead vocals
Richard Beardsley – guitars, vocals
Craig Chapman – guitar, keyboards, vocals
Steve Boltwood – bass
Glyn Styne – drums, vocals
BUY IT !