LOST WEEKEND - PRESENCE OF MIND (2000, NOW AND THEN)
Paul Uttley - vocals
David Thompson - guitars
Robin Patchett - bass
Jack Himsworth - drums
Kevin Fitzpatrick - keyboards
Continuing in the vein of great UK based melodic rock bands through into the 21st Century are this lot from Yorkshire called Lost Weekend. It's funny, I can pick a UK sounding band from a mile away. Must be something in the air. But whatever it is, the sound has a distinctly British feel, in the much the same way as bands like Little Angels
did. The members all have a history with other outfits from the dim distant past, such as Rhabstallion
, Voyager UK
and Jan Cyrka
, while guitarist David Thompson has ventured further afield with the likes of Nina Hagen
, Steve Howe
and Trevor Horn
. 'Presence Of Mind' is their second effort, and features a new keyboardist Kevin Fitzpatrick. He adds some class to arrangements with his delicate ivory tinklings, though in the main, the music is predominantly guitar oriented. It has the modern cutting edge of a band like Emerald Rain
(Without the Harem Scarem
references) crossed with the hard rock stylings of the aforementioned Little Angels
You get the impression that a lot of hard work has gone into getting these songs just right. In some parts there's still an element of 'paint by numbers' but I suppose thats to be expected with this genre. And for these ears on a majority of the tracks, the effort has paid off. The impassioned 'Kiss From The Heart' is a case in point, as is the punchy AOR parping of 'One Chance'. Thompson's guitar swagger shines through on 'Slipping Through My Hands' though the keyboards get a chance to shimmer on the choruses, where it bears some resemblance to that other UK AOR outfit Walk The Wire
. Straight ahead melodic rock is where songs like 'One Day At A Time' and 'Can You Believe' are at, while there are some keyboard laced efforts on 'This Moment So Long' and the finale 'In Time' which are both pretty good. Then there's the gorgeous 7.25 minute accoustic ballad 'I Don't Want To Be Your Friend'.
A solid album, not earth shattering by any means, but a good consistent effort from a band who I reckon will sound better live. The album cover is pretty cool too, courtesy of Sebastian Kozak. See them soon throughout UK and Europe.
01 Holding On
02 I Need You
03 One Chance
04 Slippin' Through My Hands
05 The Best Is Yet To Come
06 Kiss From My Heart
07 All Hands To The Fire
08 One Day At A Time
09 This Moment So Long
10 I Don't Want To Be Your Friend
11 Can You Believe
12 In Time
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