NEW DAY DAWN
THE COMPANY WE KEEP
New Jersey outfit New Day Dawn showcase a mature rock sound that finds a balance between tough and tender on the well-produced 10-track offering THE COMPANY WE KEEP. Led by the vocalist Dawn Botti, whose strong pipes are reminiscent of a modern day Pat Benatar, this unit portrays all the pop appeal necessary for mass adoration ("Over You", "Daddy's Song"), yet unlike most, exhibit the ability to dig down deeper to hit a more decisively rock vibe ("Paralyzed", "Misunderstood"). Fortified with a bevy of hooks that stick in your head ("We Are"), this seasoned quintet (from Slushpuppy and Latch respectively) exude the virtues of dynamic songwriting and wise composition ("See Me Fall", "Follow"), finding a most comfortable position between rolling out fist-pumping anthems and laying down refined melodic rock with bite.