||Perfect Change CD (2003)
Dakona music CDs First impressions are everything, and for Vancouver's Dakona, they have good and bad ramifications. Perfect Change is built on the kind of big, bombastic modern rock sound -- courtesy of producers Arnold Lanni and Rob Cavallo -- that should easily lure in disciples of Matchbox Twenty and the Goo Goo Dolls. Still, Dakona's approach is painfully clichéd on "Waiting," the disc's irritatingly infectious leadoff number. Vocalist and principal songwriter Ryan McAllister may be a capable frontman with a handsomeness ripe for VH1, but he doesn't help matters with a voice that's a dead ringer for Our Lady Peace's Raine Maida. "Revelation" and "Trampoline" fare a little better and do have the kind of cavernous choruses that made Creed a household name, but while the songs are well written, they suffer from the same sort of anonymity that kept radio-active outfits of yore like Tonic and Vertical Horizon from having any real staying power. ~ John D. Luerssen
Major label debut on Maverick from the Vancouver-based Dakona, produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day) and Arnold Lanni (Our Lady Peace), features 14 tracks including an enhanced section featuring the video for 'Good (I've Got A Lot To Learn). 2003.
Dakona: Ryan McAllister (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Brook Winstanley (guitar); Shane Dueck (keyboards, bass, background vocals); John Biondolillo (drums, percussion).
Producers: Rob Cavullo, Dakona, Arnold Lanni, Daniel Mendez.
Personnel: Shane Dueck (vocals, keyboards); Brook Winstanley (guitar); Jamie Muhoberac, Arnold Lanni (keyboards).
Audio Mixers: Randy Staub ; Tom Lord-Alge.
Recording information: A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA; Arnyard Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Bob Lang Studios; Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Record One; Sapphire Sound, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada; The Dudio, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; The Warehouse, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Photographers: Frank Ockenfels; Lance Mercer.
Arranger: Arnold Lanni.
Additional personnel: Jamie Muhoberac, Arnold Lanni (keyboards).
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.