Title: ShatteredLabel: Escape Music
were one of the many AOR bands hitting the scene in the late
Eighties when this style of music dominated the airwaves on
radio and TV. Signed by Polydor, this relatively
unknown act that first started as a successful South African
group, reformed to hit it big in the UK without even an
album to their name, which was no mean feat.
toured extensively supporting a variety of acts that
included the likes of Jason Donovan, Richard Marx, The
Monkees and Brother Beyond. It’s a time period that Mick
Devine is keen to reminisce about ...
though they were out and out pop gigs, we loved the crowds
and the noise. We went from pubs to opening to 3000
screaming fans in Southampton. It is a very addictive
adrenaline rush. We got to play all the top venues, which
were fantastic; including Wembley Arena, the NEC, BIC, SEC
and even the Royal Albert Hall. The Richard Marx tour was
definitely the best for us with a more grown up audience we
were able to rock it up and truly be ourselves. It went down
2014 their debut album simple entitled '7' hit the stores to
critical acclaim, now in 2016 Devine & McFarlane, return
with their new opus ‘Shattered', along with the writing
talents of Lars Chriss, Fredrik Bergh, Andy Loos, Kay
Backlund and Jeff Paris. That passion and inspiration
from the debut continues on with this new album.
get underway with ‘Light of 1000 Eyes’, a really great
opener. A true a slice of modern AOR while still
keeping in touch with that mid 80’s sound that made this
genre so great. There's great guitars and a solid but
not over powering rhythm section, all capped off by the
majestic vocal from Devine.
excellent AOR continues with the excellent ‘A Better
Life’, another great mix of the traditional with a modern
edgy twist, before one of my favourite tracks off the album,
the stunning ‘Fight’. This is what this genre is
all about, rich melodies, a big build up to a great
chorus. This is pure AOR gold.
title track ‘Shattered’ is next a bigger rhythm section
mix on this one, a chunky bass line drives this one along,
with one of Devine’s finest vocals on the album.
This one has an air of early Magnum about it.
tempo is picked up a beat or two with the rocking 'Live This
Life’ and another Magnumesque track in 'Pieces of
You’. What AOR album wouldn’t be complete without
a ballad or two, with the first one on the album being the
stunning ‘Broken Dreams’, before we return to the edgier
side of AOR with the keyboard infused ‘High Hopes’
the 80’s the power-ballad was king and Seven have kept
with that tradition with the excellent ‘I Needed Time’,
before rocking things back up with ‘Taking Over’.
album closes with the second of the ballads the stunning
'Last Illusion’. Another song featuring a big
keyboard presence and one that rounds off an overall great
album and one well worthy as a follow up to the long awaited
Review by: Barry McMinn
of 1000 Eyes
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