Ten - Babylon

Year of Release: 2000
Label: Frontiers
Catalog Number: FRCD 046
Format: CD
Total Time: 58:43:00

Babylon is Ten's fifth studio album, and this album marks the return to the sound of their two first CDs. Babylon is a concept album and it also introduces Don Airey of Rainbow, Ozzy, Whitesnake and Gary Moore fame on keys.

Not much to say about this release really other than if you like Ten or melodic heavy or AOR this CD is definitely a must and will most likely go down as one of the best releases of the genre this year. It features all the classic Ten trademarks - Gary Hughes' characteristic songwriting, big guitars and hooks, wonderful melody-lines, harmonies and choruses. Gary Hughes once again proves what a great songwriter he is and he does as great job on vox as well.

The CD balances between heavy rockers, smooth AOR songs and tear jerking ballads. Both the strong production and songs come close to the sound of the two first albums, and adding Airey's haunting keys, this album is nothing short of a masterpiece.

Fans of heavy aor/melodic heavy must get this immediately.

[This review originally appeared November 2002 at the ProgPower Online review site -ed.]

The Stranger / Barricade / Give In This Time / Love Became The Law / The Heat / Silent Rain / Timeless / Black Hearted Woman / Thunder In Heaven / Valentine

Gary Hughes - vocals
Vinny Burns - guitar
John Halliwell - guitar
Greg Morgan - drums
Steve McKenna - bass


Don Airey - keyboards

Ten (1996)
The Name Of The Rose (1996)
The Robe (1997)
Never Say Goodbye (1998)
Spellbound (1999)
Ten/The Name Of The Rose (reissue) (1999)
The Robe/Bonus Collection (1999)
Babylon (2000)
Far Beyond The World (2001)

Genre: Melodic Rock-AOR

Origin UK

Added: January 17th 2005
Reviewer: Bjørnar Bevolden
Artist website: www.ten-online.com
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Language: english


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