Chart Attack
February 5, 2009

The Romantic Lead is a fabulous concoction of glam rock and bare-faced sexuality. It combines Dante's previous theatric roles in Hedwig And The Angry Inch, Beauty And The Beast and the touring Rocky Horror Picture Show with an abundant appreciation for David Bowie. The result is an abrasive, guitar-driven record that's impossible not to love. The Romantic Lead plays out like the rock operas for which Dante has become known. "A Madness To His Method" is the introductory scene in this 11-act journey, "C Star" is the heavy, sweaty, not-safe-for-work sex scene, and "The Dreamers" is the love scene — or perhaps the heartbreak scene, depending on your interpretation. Like Dante's theatre roles, this record is for the unconventional. Its originality and calibre of talent is beyond admirable, but intended for those with an open mind. If you like it bold and if you love your rock with a dose of opera, then Dante is your new hero.