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After a lengthy hiatus, former Accept vocalist David Reece has become one of the hardest working musicians in rock. On the follow-up to 2009's Damage Control, Tango Down recruited Reece to replace the departed Alex Barbeiri and welcomed bassist Chris Konys back into the fold. The result is a very satisfying melodic rock album that sounds more like classic Bangalore Choir than that band's current Metaphor release. Identity Crisis is all about over-the-top harmonies and an endless supply of guitar hooks -- not unlike label mates Farcry, partly thanks to the flawless production of Bombay Black's Ty Sims. One thing I noticed right away was how Reece's voice has steered Tango Down into a more melodic direction, simply because he is more of a traditional rock singer than the gruffer Barbeiri. It's not a huge change, as the Tango Down blueprint is still clearly visible, but the slightly mellower direction means the band is a bit more accessible this time around. Of course there is nothing 'mellow' about the opening "Crying To Me", a hard-hitting number that instantly sets the tone with Reece battling the powerful guitar riff for supremacy. "Dream Child" is more of the same before "Blame" slows things down slightly and succeeds with a huge sing-a-long chorus. After a couple of predictable mid-tempo tracks the disc fires up again with the KISS inspired "Hearts Catch Fire". Ending this impressive album is "Magic Pudding", a pulsating rocker that puts one final exclamation point on the whole affair. Identity Crisis is a strange name for this release, because I honestly think Tango Down have finally found their true identity. Hopefully David Reece sticks around long enough to expand on what the New York band have created here, although considering their track record with frontmen I won't hold my breath. For my money this is exactly the type of music Reece's voice is best suited for, and in turn has resulted in the pinnacle of Tango Down's short career thus far.

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  • Audio CD (September 26, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD Baby
  • ASIN: B009JI49II
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Great driving pace.
Kevin
The production would have to be the best production I have ever heard on a Kivel Records release.
Gaz
If you enjoy AOR or good rock you will enjoy this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on October 2, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Tango Down Identity Crisis Review
Alright I promised you a review and rather than just say GREAT, I will break it down track by track. Listened to this 7 times in last 24 hours.
Cryin' To Me- Good opening track. Pulls you in and let's you know to hang on for a ride.
Alone-Love it! Great driving pace.
Dream Child-Ratt intro feel. Awesome song.
Blame-Love the lyrics. Took me about 3 times through to get into it but now I sing along.
Corners of My Mind- Best song on album. Coolest solo and overall vibe.The solo grabs you, pulls you in and really makes sense. This is up for song of the year for me along with Bleed and Scream by Eclipse.
Enlighten Me-Good guitar, lyrics and pace. Grabs you from the first note.
Back To Life- Love it! Absolute great song as well.
Hearts Catch Fire- Early to Mid 80s KISS feel. Love it.
Calling Out- Really cool and driving guitar captures you right away. Great solo again that makes sense.
Magic Pudding- Most bluesy rocker. Okay. Have seen people raving about it. This one will have to grow on me.
Overall, this is a 95/100. Solid production, tracking. A must buy for sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 29, 2014
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It’s been a while since I last picked up a Tango Down album (2005’s Take 1 to be exact), but the buzz surrounding their 2012 album Identity Crisis was strong enough that I figured the band might be worth another listen. Apparently the last few years have seen the departure of not one but two vocalists – Phil Naro and Alex Barbieri. Now the band has none other than David Reece (ex-Accept, Bangalore Choir) in the frontman spot, which definitely caught my attention.

Along with an upgrade in the vocal department, Tango Down has improved measurably on the songwriting side with this album. They’ve always been rock-solid in terms of musicianship, but now the vocals and songwriting are at the same level, and it’s a wild ride. They bring together everything I love about the old “hair metal” days, but maintain a good, solid melodic rock feel throughout. There are some bluesy moments as well. “Dream Child,” “Hearts Catch Fire” and “Cryin’ To Me” are highlights, but with the possible exception of “Magic Puddin’” I enjoyed the whole album quite a bit.

If you’re already a fan of the Kivel Records lineup – particularly bands like LaValle and Adriangale – you’ll definitely want to grab a copy of Identity Crisis. Beyond that, fans of Whitesnake, Thunder, Tangier and of course Bangalore Choir really ought to give Tango Down a listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gaz on October 30, 2012
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Okay, I'll begin by talking about the new vocalist, Mr David Reece from Banglore Choir/Accept fame. I have two small issues with Mr Reece - 1) Everytime I read about the Hard Rock industry I hear that he is singing for another band (ie Gypsy Rose, Reece/Kronlund, Bangalore Choir, Tango Down, Powerworld)...now I understand that a guy has to make a living, but seriously, find a band and stick with it !!!! 2) I just don't enjoy the songs he writes, I'm not saying that he is a bad songwriter I am just saying that I personally don't enjoy the songs he writes, in my opinion he should stick with singing and let other guys write the songs. This all said, the guy is an amazing singer!!!!! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, the Bangalore Choir debut is a hair metal classic and I love his work with Accept. I would rate this guy one of the best Hard Rock singers of all time.

On to the new Tango Down album, I have their other work and I have always enjoyed their stuff even if I found it to be a little unpolished and at times (dare I day) a little amateurish. Well that has changed, there is not one single issue with this CD, the cover rocks and so does the songs. "Alone", "Corners of My Mind", "Enlighten Me", & "Hearts Catch Fire" are CLASSICS. "Corners of My Mind" is just pure class and one of the best songs I have heard in many years. "Hearts Catch Fire" has Mr Reece sounding like Paul Stanley from the 80's/early 90's. The simple fact is that there is not one filler on this album. The production would have to be the best production I have ever heard on a Kivel Records release.

If you like Hard Rock then you will LOVE this album, a must own !!!!!!
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Tango Down - Identity Crisis was released in 2012 and is their third project on Kivel Records. The band consists of David Reece - Lead Vocals (Accept, Bangalore Choir, Stream & Sircle of Silence); Scott Rif Miller - Lead Guitar; Chris Konys (No More Johnny) & Keith Bam Bam Michaels - Drums (Livesay). I'll cut to the chase, this is a masterpiece. Well written songs and great musicianship. Probably the best CD of 2012. This is the first appearance by David Reece and he really adds dimension to this band. My favorite songs are Back to Life, Corners of My Mind & Calling Out. If you enjoy this music, check out their new album called "Charming Devil". Unfortunately as of October 13, 2014, David Reece has left the band and will be touring with Ez Livin' and future projects.
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