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PHENOMENA Psycho Fantasy Escape Music (2006)

After a lengthy gap we have a new Phenomena album, the brainchild of Tom Galley ably assisted by his brother, former Whitesnake guitarist Mel Galley.

The line-up is impressive with vocalists including Glenn Hughes, Keith Murrell (ex-Mama’s Boys/Airrace), Lee Small (ex-Pride) and Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath) backed up by Mel Galley and JJ Marsh (Glen Hughes) amongst others.

The overall album is much, much better than the third Phenomena album which despite guests such as Brian May sounded very disjointed at times and musically not a patch on the first two albums.

‘Sunrise’ gets this album off to a flying start – big guitars and choruses, whilst ‘Killing For The Thrill’ and ‘Touch My Life’ are real driving hard rocker.

Glenn Hughes is on top form as ever and its good to see Keith Murrell back on a rock record (last time I heard about him he was a backing singer for Cliff Richard!).

’60 Seconds’ sees a female lead vocal and a sensuous one it is at that!

Whilst it never quite reaches the classic status of the first two albums this is nonetheless a damn fine album and a must for fans of the previous albums. All the vocalist sound on top of their game and there are some very tasty guitar solos throughout the album.


Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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