Song of the Day, February 23: Broken Promises by Donnie Iris and the Cruisers

IrisCoolToday’s song contains a rare treat. For his second solo album, King Cool, Donnie Iris continued with producer and songwriting partner Mark Avsec. They expanded on their previous musical approach, dubbing their supporting musicians the Cruisers and giving them full credit for their contributions. Avsec built a new wall of sound that fused New Wave, power pop, and classic rock, skillfully weaving Iris’ versatile voice into the mix. One of the finest moments is Broken Promises.

A bittersweet song of love gone by, the song features a solid lyric that gains strength from a band at their best. A chugging guitar propels the early action, with the rhythm section slowly insinuating themselves. Iris turns in a vocal that almost cracks with pain. Then, miraculously, drummer Kevin Valentine turns in that rarest of rock animals, a drum solo that really works. Picking up the emotional intensity, Valentine is melodic and compelling. Avsec slowly adds an urgent keyboard and Iris’ aching vocalizations. The result is an intense, authentic reflection of heartbreak.

Enjoy this amazing song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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