Song Review by Andre Avanessian
Don't Look Back
Having listened to Darryl Jackson's bold and courageous symphonic metal offering "Don't Look Back" a few times now, the word "epic" most certainly springs to mind. With an imposing feeling of both scale and grandeur, "Don't Look Back" offers listeners an absorbing experience that's powered by a bold sense of creativity and an exhilarating eye for melody. It's in no way a walk in a park to be able to effectively meld conventional rock and metal styles with orchestral elements, it's a balancing act that requires an acute level of delicacy and even greater attention to detail, and whilst there are a few areas in the mix that could perhaps be very slightly improved upon, I think Darryl has done a sterling job of capturing that grand feeling of awe and wonder that the genre is so synonymous with.
song review by steven azami
What I'm Saying
"What I'm Saying" is an exciting new release from veteran musician/composer/producer Darryl Jackson. The highly skilled multi-instrumentalist not only plays every instrument on this track, he also performs all the vocals and self produced this energetic folk rock number that's tinged with jazz influences and prog rock elements.
The result is a polished and highly focused piece of song craft that features a driving rhythm section and some stellar displays of musicianship, particularly evidenced by the piano flourishes and brilliant guitar leads that perfectly complement Jackson's weathered vocal style.