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Perfect Change

Dakona

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Album Review

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, Rovi

Customer Reviews

First major-label outing from Dakona is pretty damn good.

This is a great first run for Dakona. When you consider that the songs were all written by Ryan and not some team, you begin to see the talent and potential of this group. The reviewer that compared their sound to OLP would do well to realize that they spent a good deal of time with the same producer- so of course there would be similarities. For my money, this is a good, honest album, hopefully the first of many more to come.

Biography

Formed: 1997 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Dakona formed in the mid-'90s when Ryan McAllister and his cousin, John Biondolillo, teamed up with their friends Shane Dueck and Brook Winstanley. Spending their free time rehearsing in an old barn, Dakona played any gig they could get, including opening for a sex therapist, something that surprised McAllister. When he and the rest of Dakona showed up for the gig, they saw a microphone. Believing it was a minimalist band, they didn't think anything of it. When the sex therapist hit the stage, Dakona...
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