(06 June 2001) The debut 'solo' album by Rudi Buttas (Pur) entitled
R.U.D.Y.'s Journey (SB Records (Germany) 4019 1 0919919 4, 2001) is
comprised of 14 pop-oriented rock tracks. Joined by Michael Sadler
(Saga) and other various artists, the album is extremely well produced,
highly accessible and will naturally attract a broad listener base. It
is reviewed here because it features the stunning vocal contributions of
Musical Discoveries featured artist Michelle Young
(review) who played early demos of
the material to our editors over a year ago. She sings lead on four
of the album's tracks and contributes to several others.
Musical Discoveries readers should note that Michelle also sings a
stunning duet and has vocal work included throughout the July 2001
Magna Carta progressive rock
Original Cast Recording: Leonardo - The Absolute Man. Her
long-awaited second album Marked For Madness is scheduled
for release in September 2001.
R.U.D.I.'s Journey opens with the upbeat and rocking "Long Day's
Journey" sung by Michelle Young. We were instantly reminded of her work
with American Flyer. The producers mixed the level of Michelle's vocals
way up so she's out in front where she belongs. Supporting instrumentals
and Michelle's accompanying harmonies work extremely well. Michelle's
soaring 80s rock style drives the texture of the track "Mona." Her
power, range and obviously well-trained style work well against the
rocking guitar-based arrangements.
Michelle's evocatively sung lead vocal in "Harder Day" includes
layers of backing harmonies and richly produced supporting instrumentals.
Various styles within the song were vocally reminscent of her debut
album Song of the Siren as well as demos of her forthcoming
follow-up Marked for Madness.
We especially enjoyed Michelle's duet, vocalise and harmony vocals
accompanying Mike Sadler in the gently rocking ballad "One More Chance."
In another ballad entitled "Peter Pan," Michelle takes the lead, singing
in a style similar to her most recent solo demos, supported this
time by Mike Sadler. The lush vocal arrangement includes a soaring
lead and richly produced backing harmony layers. The two vocalists
compliment each other quite well.
Sung by Mike Sadler, the album's signature tune "Radio" appears in
both single-edit and a longer version. Upbeat and a highly accessible
classic rock track, it has a tremendous hook and is likely a certain
favourite once it hits the airwaves. Another highly accessible rock
track, "Friends" is similarly arranged for Mike Sadler's vocal lead.
Backing harmonies include contributions from Michelle Young. Other
ballads on the album include the heartfelt "Breath of Life" sung by
Mike Sadler, and "Blindman" sung by David Hanselmann. He also sings the
soft and accessible rock tune "Fly."
R.U.D.Y.'s Journey is a very enjoyable rock album of broad appeal
with vocal contributions from both male and female singers. Certain
highlights for Musical Discoveries' readers are the stunning tracks
sung by Michelle Young. Further information, photos and soundbites are
available at Rudi's official
website. Available currently
amazon.de (Germany), this album is worth a trans-Atlantic journey
and quite clearly is a must listen!