SHADOWMAN Land Of The Living |
(Escape Music ESM098) (2004)
This was one I was looking forward to as it features FM vocalist Steve
Overland and guitarist Steve Morris (Heartland/Ian Gillan), backed by
Thunder’s rhythm section of Harry James (drums) and Chris Childs (bass).
Opener ‘Thos Days Are Gone’ is a fine hard rockin’ number with a big FM vibe
and tasty guitar soloing from Steve Morris. Much of the album is not unlike
FM’s latter day blues rock output like ‘Gypsy Heart’ and ‘Waiting For The
Steve Overland shows his worth on the ballad ‘Touched By An
Angel’,just proving what a strong voice he has and the power is still
there. ‘Count Me Out’ is a gentle melodic number and in a fairer world would
be a radio hit. Bonus track ‘If I Had Wings’ is a treat mixing soulful
vocals and big drums and guitar riffs. Extremely well played throughout as
you’d expect from such a talented and experienced line-up.
Not a classic but there are so few CD’s these days that feature hard rock
with the emphasis on melody. If you like FM and Heartland you can’t go wrong
(or even latter day Bad Company) plus you’ve got the Ladder album to come
that also features Steve Overland, from Escape later this year.
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