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Meadows, Punky - 2016 Fallen Angel

ARTIST: Meadows, Punky
ALBUM: Fallen Angel
LABEL: Escape Music
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Punky Meadows - lead and rhythm guitars * Danny Farrow - rhythm guitar * Felix Robinson - bass * Chandler Mogel - vocals * Bob Pantella - drums, Charlie Calv - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Descent * 02 The Price You Pay * 03 Straight Shooter * 04 Breathless And Jaded * 05 Loaded Gun * 06 Lost And Lonely * 07 Home Wrecker * 08 I Wanna Be Your Drug * 09 Leavin' Tonight * 10 Searchin' * 11 Something Strange * 12 Shadow Man * 13 Shake Shake * 14 Summertime Love * 15 Fallen Angel


The name Punky Meadows should really not need any introduction here on GDM. He is one of the truly iiconic figures from the melodic/hard rock era of the late 70's. He had been MIA for many years after Angel split, but due to a fevered Facebook campaign over the past couple of years and some coaxing from Angel super fan Danny Farrow Anniello (Lords Of Mercy), Punky has finally emerged from the shadows for this his first solo album and the first recorded material from the man in some 35 years.

The Songs
After the brief overture of 'Descent' which, anyone familiar with that famous Angel concert intro will recognise straight away we got into a slew of melodic/hard rock tunes which contain more Angel-isms than Frank Dimino's album from last year. Punky's guitar playing is muscular but also melodic and without the histrionics that are prevalent with some of today's players. Pick of the songs are opener 'The Price You Pay' which really does set the standard for the rest of the album and 'Lost And Lonely' which is something that wouldn't seem out of place on Angel's latter day output and 'Home Wrecker' which has a more sultry groove to it and some nice keyboard and harmony touches too. Other notable songs include 'Shadow Man' complete with its 'We Will Rock You' type drums and suitably infectious chant like chorus, and finally the title track itself 'Fallen Angel', this is an instrumental with added concert audience effects to bolster the atmosphere of the track and sees Mr Meadows giving it his very best. The rest of the band more than play their part on the album, with a tight rhythm section (featuring ex Angel bassist Felix Robinson no less) and the guitars bolstered by Danny Farrow. Being a solo album by a guitarist of course the keyboards never really get in the way but are there rather to add colour and texture to the songs. Vocalist Chander Mogel certainly gives his (considerable) all on the album, but in truth it's taking me a little time to get used to them, but I'm splitting hairs there really. The production is full and meaty, and of course the guitars are well up front in the mix.

In Summary
Angel, like a few others on this site are one of my favourite bands from back in those Glory Days (there's that word again!). I fondly remember buying 'Helluva Band' from The Moody Blues Threshold Record shop back in the day, and from then on I was hooked. So to finally get a solo album from one of that era's most identifiable figures is very welcome. It's been too long really, but hats off to all involved, a strong and highly enjoyable album. Recently Angel has been seen together for the first time in some 35 years, although not playing. They all appear to still get on, so who knows what the future may hold for this most iconic of bands. 'Fallen Angel' comes highly recommended. [word count 504]

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#1 | DEMONAOR on May 21 2016 03:52:31
A good album indeed Malcolm. goodone
#2 | reyno-roxx on May 21 2016 09:23:04
Punky built up a tanning salon business in his time away from the music business after the planned reunion in 87 failed to go anywhere other than an average 3 track demo. He made a fair bit of money when he sold the business a few years ago. It's an Ok album on a musical level, but I can't help feel the vocals are far from being 'classic rock' but more generic. Should've gone with Frank for the whole thing...
#3 | Explorer on May 21 2016 09:50:58
Those are my feelings around the vocals too Dave, something a little more distinctive was probably needed, but it is only a minor niggle.
#4 | sebakozak on May 21 2016 14:22:54
I'd have preferred Frank singing throughout too - maybe next time. I would also love to hear revamped versions of 'You're So Cold', 'Taking Away My Feelings' and 'Hot And Heavy'.
#5 | Explorer on May 24 2016 17:14:01
There's now an official website for Punky over at http://punkymeado.../news.html
#6 | Eric on May 28 2016 22:46:24
Nice review Malcolm. Great to see Punky back!
#7 | gdazegod on June 16 2016 01:55:28
Punky Meadows - 2016 Straight Shooter
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#8 | jeffrey343 on June 16 2016 20:04:40
I'm coming into this album as someone who was unaware of Angel back in the day and still hasn't tracked them down despite the obvious love for them by many of you. So Punky Meadows is pretty new for me.

This is a really good album to my ears. I definitely pick up on the classic sound. And in a genre becoming increasingly filled with non-U.S. vocalists (I'm in the U.S.), Chandler Mogel sounds old-school to me. I've liked him in Outloud, and his voice works perfectly for these songs. And the guitar work on display here is top notch, with plenty of bite. As for the overall sound, I hear elements of Foreigner, Boston, and even some older Rick Springfield, plus a harder edge throughout.

I'm not familiar enough with Angel to speak as to whether Mogel was the best choice, but he certainly works for me. All in all, definitely a very good album.
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