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Artist:

Magnum

Album:

Brand New Morning

Year: 2004
Format: CD
Label: Steamhammer
Genre: [AOR/Hard Rock]
Overall Rating: 7.5
Music: 7.5
Production: 8.0


Classic AOR band Magnum has already rocked for 30 years. With their latest album they show that they're still going strong... Brand New Morning was "most enjoyable experience" according to Tony Clarkin (guitarist/songwriter/producer). During its lifespan, Magnum has had many line-up changes... The current line-up consists of guitarist Tony Clarkin (Hard Rain), vocalist Bob Catley (Hard Rain, Bob Catley), keyboardist Mark Stanway (Rainmaker, Little Acre, M3 Classic Whitesnake), drummer Harry James (ex-Thunder) and bassist Al Barrow (Bob Catley, The Jelly Man Projects).

Surprisingly the material on this album was more diverse than I expected Magnum really has tried to modernize their songs (there were even some progressive elements such as time signature changes). However, the quality of songs varies quite a lot... some songs were good, but also weaker 'fill' songs had been included. Fortunately the album improves towards the end (there were some pleasant surprises).

Sounds are somewhat old-fashioned (retro), but otherwise the production is quite good. The mastering has been done well and the mix ain't too bad either. However, this record would benefit from some improvement regarding the mixing.

Fans of Magnum & AOR might find this release quite interesting, but I recommend listening before buying. This album had its good moments, but the occasional mediocre songs degraded the rating.

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- MAGE (17.09.2004)



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LINE-UP:
Clarkin, Tony: Guitars
Catley, Bob: Vocals
Stanway, Mark: Keyboards
James, Harry: Drums
Barrow, Al: Bass
Producer: Clarkin, Tony
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Unavailable
TRACKLIST:
Magnum - Brand New Morning  CD  Cover Image
01. Brand New Morning
02. It's Time to Come Together
03. We All Run
04. The Blue and the Grey
05. I'd Breathe for You
06. The Last Goodbye
07. Immigrant Son
08. Hard Road
09. The Scarecrow
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