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OVERLAND EPIC ALBUM REVIEW 2014

 

OVERLAND - EPIC

ESCAPE MUSIC

FEBRUARY 21 2014

 

 

 

Ahh! The sound of summer! If you love your melodic Rock served up early eighties carefree and shining like the summer sun, Overland both has the Melodies and the lyrics to take you back in time. ‘Radio, Radio’ that bursts first from the speakers is the perfect case in point. It’s the sort of song they simply don’t make any more, the sort of song that you can feel the summer heat coming off of it and the sort of song that makes you feel alive!

 

Steve Overland of course will be best known to most as singer of British melodic rock band “FM”, a band that released so many great albums in the eighties and nineties and are still a going concern today. Here he is joined by Billy Greer (Kansas/Seventh Key), Fredrik Bergh and Billy Trudel. These days Overland’s trademark vocal is smokier than you may remember it but equally as strong as ever.

 

Rockers like ‘If Looks Could Kill’, and ‘Rags to Riches’ are offset by lighter moments like ‘Stranded’ and ‘The End of the Road’ (sounding like the best lighter Foreigner) and then there are songs like the aforementioned summer sizzler ‘Radio Radio’ and the breathtaking ‘Down comes the night’ another harder rocker that will blow you away and set you up for a great finish – positioned as it is mid-album.

 

Overall it’s the sheer quality here that amazes. This sounds like a collection of Melodic Rock’s Greatest Hits rather than a new release. It’s already a contender for Melodic Rock release of the year!

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

OVERLAND EPIC ALBUM REVIEW 2014