Released by: Escape Music
Release Date: Octber 28th, 2023
Genre: Melodic Rock
Steve Overland – vocals (FM/Lonerider)
Robert Sall – Guitars & Keys (W.E.T/Work Of Art)
Bob Richards – Drums (SHY/ASIA,ATACK)
Chris Cliff – Bass
1. One Touch 4:56
2. Disconnected 4:03
3. Together Alone 3:30
4. How Does it Feel 3:30
5. I Hear your Voice 4:21
6. Last Breath 4:34
7. Really Makes You Wonder 3:58
8. Station to Station 3:25
9. Things Will Never Be The Same 4:47
10. From Now On 3:51
11. Under The Blood Red Sky 4:45
12. Walk With Me 5:09
Steve Overland requires no introduction; the renowned vocalist of FM has been a fixture in the music industry since the early 70s. Although he has left an indelible mark with the British Melodic Rock group, his solo career is equally remarkable. Currently on his sixth release, appropriately titled on Escape Music, his enduring label for solo endeavors.
Overland possesses an unmistakable voice, immediately recognizable in any song where he takes the lead. Smooth and velvety, his vocal style embodies the AOR/Melodic rock essence from the 80s, standing the test of time. Beyond his vocal prowess, his versatility shines, as evidenced by his recent collaboration with Jim Matheos of Fates Warning in the unexpected but excellent project, Kings of Mercia. Let’s dissect some of the new material shall we?
The energy in “I Hear Your Voice” is more electrifying, with a quicker pace and a captivating melodic solo midway. The guitars, skillfully handled by Robert Sall (W.E.T/Work Of Art), exhibit sharpness and exuberance. “Station to Station” introduces a welcomed change in tempo, evoking a heavy Hard Rock vibe reminiscent of classic FM. The ballad “Things Will Never Be The Same” relies on synth keys to set the stage, allowing Overland’s silky vocals to shine once again.
Overall, it’s a solid record with the first half boasting superb melodic rock numbers. However, the latter part loses a bit of momentum, causing a slight dip in attention. Nevertheless, Overland’s vocals remain exceptional, and Robert Sall’s guitar and key work stands out. The production is crystal clear and pristine. If pressed to judge, I wouldn’t hesitate to label this one of the top Melodic Rock/AOR releases this year. For Steve Overland enthusiasts of his solo work, it’s undoubtedly worth exploring, offering plenty to rave about.
Reviewed by: Shadow Editor