Title: Too Many GodsLabel: Harmony Factory / Cargo Records
in Space isn’t the latest from the Muppets, no this a new
six piece who are bringing that pomp rock of the late 70’s
and early 80’s crashing back to earth in 2015 with their
debut release 'Too Many Gods’.
band are Greg Hart, Paul Manzi, Steevi Bacon, Dean Howard,
Jeff Brown and Andy Steward and with guest artists Mick
Wilson, Andy Scott, Janey Bombshell, Greg Camburn and Mike
Moran, they are bringing the spirit of bands like E.L.O., Cheap
Trick and 10cc back but with a modern spin on it.
album kicks off with the intro 'Arrival' and arrive the band
do, as the album opens proper with the title track ‘Too
Many Gods’ and instantly you're thrown back to simpler time when
Rock music was just Rock music, no mass genre and sub-genres,
just great melody rich music. When you listen to this one
you automatically think of Jeff Lynne, as it has that sonic
E.L.O. edge about it.
same electro rock feel is continue with ‘Stop’, again
heaven to the ears and joy to the soul. The heavy piano
keyboard of ‘Last Man Standing’ has more groove than the
LP’s of that era, a real foot-tapper.
album continues in a similar vein with the wonderful 'Mr
Heartache', with that big E.L.O. vibe running through this
one. There is an air of 80’s AOR with the excellent
‘Unfinished Symphony’, a real classy track that will have
the die hard Melodic Rock fans in raptures, as with the semi-acoustic tones of ‘Schoolyard Fantasy’, as the AOR
back to the piano keyboard for the wonderful ‘The Greatest
Story Never Told’, this one features Mick Wilson on vocals.
This song starts off as ballad like, but soon picks up and turns
into a full blooded slab of melodic rock that ebbs and flows
between the two styles for seven wonderful minutes.
of the highlights of the album has be the superb ‘Only In
Vegas’, a great mid-tempo rocker that again could have been
penned by Mr Lynne himself, as could the haunting ‘Man In
The Moon’, especially the electro vocal parts. Mick
Wilson takes up the mike again for this one.
band rip it up on 'Five Minute Celebrity' as they bring a
touch of the Tommy era The Who to the mix. A real barnstormer
that just rocks out from start to finish.
The album closes with the gentle ballad ‘Velvet Horizon’, which wraps up what has to be THE surprise album of 2015. This is one hell of a nostalgia trip that you just wont want to end, glorious stuff!
Review by: Barry McMinn
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