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CATS in SPACE - Too many Gods

4.21
Reviewer :
Ola Gränshagen Format: Album
Release date: 2015-10-30 Year: 2015
Label: HARMONY FACTORY
Genre: Classic Rock
Producer: Ian Caple & Greg Hart
Artist discography



Review

Prepare yourself to read about the best album I've heard this year! CATS IN SPACE is a British 6-piece and for once, every positive word in the biography is true. With influences from ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA, QUEEN, THE SPARKS, SUPERTRAMP and THE SWEET they deliver top notch melodic rock. This is AOR meets power pop in the very best of clashes. As if the above mentioned influences aren't enough, you will also find traces of STYX and IT BITES...

The guys in the band are skilled and they've been playing and/or writing for many of the greatest bands in the UK. Singer PAUL MANZI was actually in progressive rock band ARENA for a while, and DEAN HOWARD is known among AOR:sters from AIRRACE. Help is also added by some great musicians, and the most busy one is 10CC member MICK WILSON - he co-wrote five of the tracks and even sings lead on two of them ("Man on the moon" and "Greatest story never told").

So, where do I even begin? This is an album of great variation in style, even though the main focus is on soft and edgy melodic rock. And the harmony vocals! Ah, there's a smile on my face just by thinking of them. As for my own personal fave tracks, there's the majestic aforementioned "The Greatest story never told" with a balladry verse that is hard to beat. The opener (except for the intro) "Too many Gods" is one of the more AOR oriented songs, while "Stop" follows with lots of ELO and SUPERTRAMP in it, including the plinky keys that we all love. I mentioned the harmony vocals, and in "Mr. Heartache" they are really something. More ELO and some SPARKS in this one. I could go on, but let's not spend more of your valuable time. Finally I like to add that there are some crispy guitars on this album; I wouldn't call them heavy but still a little more daring that the average soft AOR bands normally tend to be. And I love it! Buy this album - on vinyl, CD or both!

Tracklisting 1. Arrival (intro)
2. Too many Gods*
3. Stop*
4. Last man standing
5. Mr. Heartache*
6. Unfinished symphony
7. Last man standing*
8. The greatest story never told*
9. Only in Vegas
10. Man in the moon*
11. Five minute celebrity*
12. Velvet horizon

*Highlights


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