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MICHAEL THOMPSON BAND

FUTURE PAST

FRONTIERS RECORDS

FEBRUARY 2012

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Thompson may not be a name you’ve heard before but on “Future Past” he manages to put together a surprisingly nice collection of energetic AOR in the Foreigner meets Michael Bolton mould. ‘High Times’ that kicks us off is the song to download if you want a taste of the album, in truth it does hark back very much to the glory days of AOR in the early to mid eighties, but that, in this case, is rather like complaining a contemporary blues album sounds too much like the greats.

 

 

Songs like ‘Can’t be Right’  have an earthier tone that suits singer Larry King’s (Soleil Moon) vocals beautifully, lifting the songs a little further away from the West Coast AOR of earlier recordings and upping the ‘rock’ quotient.

 

 

In truth whilst this album doesn’t necessarily break and new ground or have that one song that screams classic, it’s a very rewarding listen for those who love a genre that in 2012 appears to be alive and well.

 

 

‘Future Past’ the title song is a wonderfully uplifting moment with some lovely guitar by Thompson. Other favorites include: ‘When You Love Someone’ a great ballad; ‘Here I Am’ with its very contemporary radio-friendly sound; and the soaring and very eloquent ‘Gypsy Road’.   

 

 

It is perhaps the elegant closer ‘Fight For Your Life’ though that really ends the album on a high.

 

 

Michael Thompson doesn’t put a step wrong here in truth, and the production by himself and Larry King is beautifully warm. If you like your AOR with a bit of well worn patina then this should be worth checking out.

 

 

 

By Mark Diggins