Title: SynchronizedLabel: Frontiers Music Srl
I first heard of FM way back
in 1989 during a Rock night out at Crocodillo's in
Chester-Le Street, when the D.J. announced that FM were
downstairs waiting to meet people as they had just
finished a local gig and popped along for a quick visit.
Not knowing or caring who they were, I didn't bother and
continued on with my night. Bellendism no.1. Fast forward
2 years and I met the future Mrs. B at the brilliant Rock
night in the Mayfair, and on one of our dates, she gave me
one of those compilation tapes everyone does for their 'newie',
and amongst the usual songs was this brilliant song that
literally stopped me in my tracks as it spoke to me about
what I'd gone through, and when I checked out the song and
who the band were, I felt guilty as hell. The song?
'Frozen Heart' by FM!! Doh! Case of Bellendism
Since that revelation, I've never tired of that
song, whether listening on CD or when I've seen the band
live, which I have now on many of occasions, and have
never been disappointed, so when they release a new album,
it's almost like Mutley growling 'medal, medal medal', cos'
we gotta get it in this household, so guess who got the
'medal' to review again?!
Taking things into the modern
pop/rock scene via piano, a drum machine (of all things!)
and synth, 'Ghost Of You And I' wouldn't be amiss in what
is left of the Charts. It's ballad-based style could be
done by the likes of Lady A right through to Christina
Aguilera, it has that sort of appeal surrounding it, but
could the vocals be done any better than this? I think
not, as Steve nails it when it comes to the emotional tone
that he inherits, and there is none better out there,
simple as that.
READ ALL ABOUT IT ... FM GO COUNTRY!! Yep pardner, Steve an' the boys put on their stetsons, raggy-arsed jeans and hit the slide 'geetar' and 'ol pianah to give us their best take on Country Western/Rock with 'Angels Cried', and why not? Jeez bud, if it's good enough for Steve Tyler to give it a whirl, (and do so well!), then why not FM? They do it without sounding 'twee' like some of the dumb-asses out there who jumped on the bandwagon 'cos it was cool to do', and that just goes to prove just how good this band is, and that's why this is one of the stand-out tracks on the album, 'simples'!
The album comes to the close on the fabulous groover 'Ready For Me'. THE quintessential sound of FM, pure Rock 'n Roll at it's best that we all deserve to have in our lives, and with this barnstormer of a song, we got it, dude! Great way to finish!!! I ask only of one thing now ... forgiveness from FM for past ignorance towards your band, because at my age ... I couldn't put up with a case of Bellendism no.3!!!
Review by: Robb Baldwin
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