Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Way better than the first...
Guys she's on Facebook, I...
Maybe Franne was friends ...
Rudy was co-written by Fe...
Great album and excellent...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Redefined ...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Eye Of The...
Keldian - 2017 Blood Red ...
No, I'm changing my mind ...
Code Red - 2017 Heat Of T...
Yeah, I quite liked this,...
Midnite City - 2017 Summe...
Target - 1979 Taxman [yo...
Cher - 1982 Rudy [youtub...
Cher - 1982 Games [youtu...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2015 Articles » Newman - 2015 The Elegance Machine
Newman - 2015 The Elegance Machine

iTunes Google Play Music Spotify Deezer

ARTIST: Newman
ALBUM: The Elegance Machine
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Steve Newman - vocals, guitar, keyboards * Rob McEwen - drums, percussion * Geoff Wootton - backing vocals on 'The Suit (Skyscraper)', 'One Good Reason' and 'Halo' * Mark Thompson-Smith - backing vocals on 'Illuminate', 'Send Us Salvation' and 'Pretender Surrender'

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Suit (Skyscraper) * 02 The Elegance Machine * 03 Don't Stay Lonely * 04 Illuminate * 05 Confess * 06 Halo * 07 Prayer For Apollo * 08 She Walks In Silence * 09 One Good Reason * 10 Pretender Surrender * 11 Send Us Salvation * 12 Scars


WEBLINKS: www.newmansound.com

We've reviewed Steve Newman often enough over the years, and after a long stint with Escape Music, he's found a new home at AOR Heaven. I gotta say, his music is as quality filled as ever. Since his 1997 debut, there have been many highlights, and his new one 'The Elegance Machine' is sure to add to that list. There's no real change to the delivery method, but the songwriting, arrangements and production have ridden the years of development and moved with the times. Sharp incisive guitar-work coupled with some modern synth lines has given 'The Elegance Machine' a clean sound without being sterile. There's warmth to be found at chorus time, which makes this album all the more catchy and AOR friendly.

The Songs
The tracks that catch my ears are the ones where the modern synths add a point of difference, and interest. These include the rather tasty title-track 'The Elegance Machine', 'Don't Stay Lonely', complete with an AOR certified chorus, or the sonic inducements of 'One Good Reason'. Very cool tunes. Let's not forget Newman's bread and butter.. racy melodic rock and then some. In this category, we get the powerful 'Illuminate', 'Confess' with riffs aplenty and the pairing of 'Pretender Surrender' and 'Send Us Salvation'. 'Halo' is something different yet again, an anthemic pulsing tune with a big sing-along chorus. Probably the only song which doesn't quite work for me is 'Prayer For Apollo', the lyrics based on the Apollo Space Mission. 'Scars' finishes up as the album's purest ballad, with piano taking the lead.

In Summary
For me, the testimony of a good album is how often you come back to it, especially during the before and after phase of an album review. In that regard 'The Elegance Machine' holds up rather well. There's a bunch of songs that have been on repeat-play recently, and I'll say this one is surprising good. The cover art has picked up a few comments of dissent out there on the Net. The same cannot be said about the music. Another solid effort that forms part of the Steve Newman musical legacy.

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

This article has been tagged
Tags: Newman 
No Comments have been Posted.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 0% [No Votes]
85% 85% 100% [1 Vote]
80% 80% 0% [No Votes]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
Articles Cloud
Triosphere - 2014 The Heart Of The Matter, Black Rose (UK) - 1987 Walk It Like You Talk It, Avenger (UK) - 1985 Killer Elite, Puzzle - 1974 Second Album, Grand Funk Railroad - 1976 Good Singin' Good Playin', Trouble (USA) - 1977 Trouble, Air Supply - 1977 Love And Other Bruises, Girl - 1981 Wasted Youth, Styx - 1979 Cornerstone, Eloy - 1984 Metromania, Various Artists - 2002 Tribute To Boston, Frehley, Ace - 2016 Origins Vol 1, Evile - 2007 Enter The Grave, Deep Purple - 1973 Who Do We Think We Are, Dixon House Band - 1979 Fighting Alone
Candlemass Quiet Riot Rock Candy Records Osukaru Comedy Of Errors The Tubes X World 5 Rob Frazier Jet Trail Kiss Live Albums Peter Frampton Raven The State Southern Sons Tiles Tycoon Allies Warrant Twenty Twenty John Norum Accept GTS Marty Balin Jefferson Starship Magnum Molly Hatchet Switchblade Vince Neil Motley Crue Stormkro Dynazty Evan Dando Rock Candy Records Ratt Renegade (Canada)
All Tags
Search DDG