Out now on AOR Heaven
Big Life is a new project (there’s that horrible word again) of two lesser UK rock gods, Steve Newman and Mark Thompson-Smith. What matters isn’t the names but the music of course.
Well, it’s a pleasant surprise. Opener “Dying Day” is a solid cut of AOR. Thompson-Smith has an agreeable voice and there is an undeniable energy to the tune. And so it goes, basically. Whether it’s “Better Man”, “I’ll Still Be Here” or “Takin Me Down”, there’s little to find fault with. Well, “At The End Of The Rainbow” isn’t exactly the best song I’ve heard this year.
Don’t expect any surprises or a revolution in AOR. Just an enjoyable album. I am somehow reminded of Overland at times. Production is up to today’s standards, for better or worse too.
Rating – 84%
Review by Sancho