eighties the words Super Group were thrown about when great names in
rock came together for albums and tours, today we call them
collaborations and with the internet connecting artists around the globe,
we see more and more artists coming together by file sharing. This is
felt in some genres more than others and the Melodic and Hard Rock
genres have taken full advantage of this new media and put together some
cracking bands. One of the best around today is Shadowman which sees
Steve Overland of FM, Steve Morris from Heartland and Chris Childs and
Harry James both of Thunder come together for the creation of the bands new album
'Watching Over You’.
the bands fourth release in seven years and again shows not only why
Overland is regarded as one of the finest Melodic Rock vocalists in the
genre today, but also with the wealth of talent the rest of the band has
added to the fact Tommy Hansen does the mixing duties again, while Morris himself
handles the production duties. Be prepared for one of the best Melodic Rock releases
of the year so far.
album get's underway with ‘Across The Universe’, a real classy mid
tempoed rocker that instantly sets the quality at its highest level and
from here in there is no turning back as you instantly become gripped.
great rockin’ continues with one of the tracks of the album for me
‘Renegades’. Anyone who thinks the world of Melodic Rock is all pink
and pretty love songs will have to think again, this one rocks big
style as James and Childs lays down a chunky back beat for Morris to
fire it up on guitar and keys, with the cherry on the top of the cake
Overland, who is his normal stunning.
two sublime rockers its time to bring things to bring it down a touch with the
bluesy ‘Cry’, before bringing it straight back up again with three great
tracks one after the other, starting off with the title track ‘Watching
Over You’, the excellent ‘Are You Ready’, which is followed by the
melody rich ‘Suzanne’, where Morris again lays down some great
guitars and a great keyboard middle section.
band bring another slice of blues driven rock with another of my
favourites off the album in ‘Waiting For A Miracle’, another real
meaty slice of Melodic Rock, this time with a thumping bass line running
through it courtesy of Childs, with Morris providing some fine guitar work
don’t know whether it's just me or not, but Steve Overland’s vocals just
seem to have got better and better over the years and where he really shines
on this album is on the likes of ‘Stop Breaking This Heart Of
Mine’ and the outstanding ‘Heaven Waits’, two pure bred Melodic
Rock songs that highlight perfectly not only the song writing qualities of
Overland and Morris, but also the bands all-star line-up.
tempo is picked up a touch with ‘Whatever It Takes’, then turned up another
notch on ‘Justify’, before things get a little funky with the album closer
‘Party Is Over’, which rounds off another great album from the band.
There is however one fault with this album and that is that is has to come to a finish, but that
is easily remedied as it's time to start it all over again and get the
party started once more!
1. Across The Universe
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