Ever since FM reunited in 2008, the band has released albums on a steady basis from "Metropolis" (2010) to their 11th studio album "Atomic Generation" (2018). They even managed to enter the British album chart for the first time since 1989 with their 2015 album "Heroes and villains", and fans of FM knows how busy singer Steve Overland is these days with side-projects like Groundbreaker and LoneRider where both bands have new releases out.
So is "Atomic Generation" any good? Well it´s better than their weak 90´s albums but it´s not as great as the first two classics "Indiscreet" and "Tough it out". There are some traditional FM AOR songs on "Atomic Generation" such as "Follow your heart", "Too much of a good thing" and "Black magic" that sounds like a cousin to their 1987 single "Let love be the leader".
But there is also another side to FM on their latest album, just take "Playing tricks on me" that sounds like an unreleased tune by Santana and Rob Thomas. Or why not head over to some classic rock with the Bad Company-like "Make the best of what you got". The guitarmelody on "Do you love me enough" is reminiscent of Bowie´s "All the young dudes" but the rest of the song is actually a nice ballad. My favorite song is the slow song "Love is the law" where Steve Overland is singing his heart out.