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T Clemente Band – Lost In Time
http://www.tclemente.com

Rating: B+

Bay Area axe slinger Teddy Clemente has pretty much been flying under the radar, at least on a national level, for the better part of his career, but after one listen to his latest release Lost In Time, one gets the feeling that his fortunes could be changing very soon.

Keeping many of the key ingredients intact that made his last full length effort Illusions the strong effort that it was, Clemente has once again turned to fellow San Franciscan, multi-instrumentalist, producer & arranger Robert Berry, to help him carve out another solid slab of melodic classic / hard rock. Veteran drummer David Lauser (Sammy Hagar) is once again back behind the kit, as is vocalist Tom Duell, albeit in a more reduced role this time around. For the lead vocal duties Teddy has wisely turned the mic over to Amanda Dieck and man does this woman hit the ball out of the park with each and every song. Her majestic sounding voice is just brimming with arena rock power and coupled with Teddy’s endless arsenal of scorching riffs and melodic solos on hard rock nuggets “Retaliate”, “Sacrifice”, “Take The Shot” and “Time To Get Away”, it is nothing less than a perfect match. What really works here is just how well the metallic crunch of the above mentioned songs blend in seamlessly with the softer and more reflective compositions “So Far Away”, “In My Heart”, “Dreams” and one of my personal favorite tracks on the album, “Children And Their Future”.

What it all comes down to is that Lost In Time gives the listener such a diverse and well-rounded listening experience, that not only serves to highlight Clemente’s obvious skills as a guitarist, but more importantly, reveals his distinct flair for writing, top notch rock anthems that stick in your head long after the music has finished. Pretty hard to top that, don’t you think? 

By Ryan Sparks

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