TWENTY TWENTY - TWENTY TWENTY: 35th Anniversary Edition (*NEW-CD, 2020, Girder) elite AOR Rock!
- 35th Anniversary Edition
- Produced by Billy Smiley of Whiteheart
- Completely Remastered from Original Sources
- Includes Limited Edition Trading Card with Silver Foil
- First Time Ever on CD
- Superb Art-Rock like STYX or Kansas
- Originally Released in 1985
Lets just get one thing out of the way... can we?
The band mixed an interesting blend of pomp AOR with cool new wave melodies, all wrapped by a very Eighties arsenal of keyboards, synthesizers, synclavier and electronic drums. This Synth-AOR stadium rock band from the 80's would have been incredible to see opening up for Steve Taylor or Daniel Amos during their peek years or even as an opening act for MUSE or The Killers, with one exception... they might have stolen the show. They emulated art-rockers such as Kansas and Styx, as mentioned above, yet oddly enough this band escaped notice from Christian Radio and ultimately Christian bookstores because of one simple fact... the had some rather decent attention on mainstream "Secular" radio and the Christians would have no part of mingling those two worlds "Christian" and "Secular" together.
In the 80's We Bought It Cause It Looked Cool
Remember when we use to buy albums because of the way the cover art grabbed you? No, it wasn't 'just you' that did that, we all bought albums that looked cool, hoping that the music was just as good as the cover.
Well, the cover of Twenty Twenty’s 1985 self-titled debut makes promises. The hair. The lasers. The futuristic band name and when you played it they make good on their uber-’80s promises. Opener on the self-titled “You Are So True” shows off the band’s hi-tech sound big time. Leading with a new wave keyboard line, the song very easily erupts into a definitively ’80s blend of synthesizer melodies and electronic drums. Guitarist Roscoe Meek even adds heroic chugging guitar lines to the mix. But where this album gets really fun is when keyboardist and Twenty Twenty’s go-to arranger Earnie Chaney let’s loose on synclavier and unleashes rapid-fire synth lines. “Security Code” and “War Games” are paired together at the front end of the album and cloak mentions of Heaven in ’80s concepts of technology. Twenty Twenty's music is hi-tech, and considering it was 1985, there's a lot of electronic percussion a la Simmons and Linn drums, and vocoder blasts throughout.
My favorite verse from “Security Code” may be “Alternating and circuit-breaking/ That will never do/ You might think your life’s in sync/ It’s time to troubleshoot” before heading into the chorus that seemingly tells the listener to enter in their security code to the afterlife. On the flip side, “Danger Zone” continues the keyboard mania but not before opening on Meek’s most righteous guitar line on the entire album, a blend of Cheap Trick’s “Mighty Wings” with a dash of Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone.” The song 'He's Still There', will bring to mind all those good vibes you felt the first time you heard the Allies debut album.
Billy Smiley of Whiteheart
The band was certainly in good company for their debut self-titled Twenty Twenty (1985) on Benson/PowerDisc, recorded in Nashville with marathon engineer Brent King (the so-called “Karate Man” who seems to have worked with everyone from Reba to Keith Urban) and fellow Christian band Whiteheart’s Billy Smiley, making Twenty Twenty seem more and more like a proper synthesizer-led stadium rock band.
Twenty Twenty (Self-Titled Debut) Originally released in 1985
- You Are So True
- Security Code
- War Games
- His Fame
- Second Mile
- Love To Go
- He's Still There
- Danger Zone
- You Can Know Them All
- World Premier
Lead Vocals – Ron Collins
Bass Guitar – Gerry McAnelly
Drums – Greg Herrington
Guitar – Roscoe Meek
Keyboards – Earnie Chaney
Producer – Billy Smiley