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Seven - 2016 Shattered



ARTIST: Seven
ALBUM: Shattered
LABEL: Escape Music
SERIAL: ESM 295
YEAR: 2016
SPONSOR: Escape Music, Connecting Music Portal

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LINEUP: Mick Devine - lead vocals * Lars Chriss - guitars, drums * Andy Loos - bass * Fredrik Bergh, Kay Backlund - keyboards * Nigel Bailey, Lin Devine - guest vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Light Of 1000 Eyes * 02 A Better Life * 03 Fight * 04 Shattered * 05 Live This Life * 06 Pieces Of You * 07 Broken Dream * 08 High Hopes * 09 I Needed Time * 10 Taking Over * 11 Last Illusion

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Background
This South African originated, but British manufactured melodic rock act are another popular drawcard at GDM. They were (sorta) big around the 1989-1990 era, were signed to Virgin Records, but never released a full-length CD at the time which was a bit of a shame. After disappearing off the map for twenty years, they re-emerged in 2014 for their return CD simply called '7'. Now in 2016, it's only lead singer Mick Devine who carries the Seven flag onward, with the support cast from the '7' album stepping up to the plate; namely three Swedish musos including producer Lars Chriss, former Glory bassist Andy Loos and Street Talk and Bloodbound keyboardist Fredrik Bergh. That '7' album was popular for many, though for me personally I thought it was a reasonable though not quite a brilliant album, however 'Shattered' is a much improved affair and I'm getting right into the groove.


The Songs
For starters, Mick Devine's vocals are just the icing on the cake. Other than a bloke like Chris Ousey (maybe one or two others) is there a voice this well suited to AOR. In fact, the name Mark Free was dredged up from the 1980's memory banks too. There are high-points all across the album. In fact you can put the CD on random-play and you'll strike the jackpot wherever you land. Whether it's the urgency of the opening 'Light Of 1000 Eyes' or the dramatic presence of 'Fight', Devine and the Seven team land some serious blows. 'Broken Dream' and 'I Needed Time' are the pairing that showcases Seven's AOR aspirations. They sound incredible. But mostly, 'Shattered' is at the harder end of the scale, as you can hear on the Journeyesque 'High Hopes' or the hammer-blow of 'Taking Over'. For mine, just take a listen to the immense 'A Better Life' or the galloping hard rock that is 'Live This Life'. Most of these songs are graced with some simply beautiful synths this side of the debut Prophet record. I'm joking right? Well yes, and no, but Fredrik Bergh's ivory handling is definitely superior, but the keyboards are only part of the equation which makes this record so good.


In Summary
We're midway through 2016 and I will go on record as declaring 'Shattered' to be the most definitive AOR album release of the year so far. There are a few other goodies coming up including the new Cry Of Dawn project featuring Goran Edman, Michael Palace, Soren Kronqvist and Daniel Flores (Sept 23 release), which sounds like a winner, but until then, the lucky number for everybody is Seven! You read it here at GDM.


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#1 | gdazegod on July 26 2016 12:14:13
Release date is still some way off @ 23 Sept, so I've gotten this one in early.
#2 | jeffrey343 on July 27 2016 14:17:13
I hope there are some tracks released early. You've certainly made this sound like one I wanna get, and I liked the first one more than you did.
#3 | Cimozzen on August 15 2016 07:13:23
You've got me excited for this one!
#4 | gdazegod on September 01 2016 22:35:06
Seven - 2016 Light Of A 1000 Eyes (official video)
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#5 | jeffrey343 on October 17 2016 15:14:20
Despite my initial gushing, I'm still trying to figure out exactly how I feel about this one. It is very good, with strong songs and plenty of nice touches throughout. I can discern what I believe to be a trademark sound on their two albums - the fine voice of Devine, nice keyboard work, key changes in many songs, a certain rhythmic pattern that appears in several places. But I think this suffers somewhat from the same issue that plagues many current releases - there is not enough variety among the songs. After having this in heavy rotation for three weeks, they still run together more than I'd like. They are all very solid, ranging from very good to excellent, nothing I'd call filler. And it is risky to deviate too much from a certain sound in an album - I think a couple of songs on the debut tried that to detrimental effect. I wish some of the guitar solos had more edge - they don't cut through as much as I'd like.

I have to say the two strongest songs in their two-album catalog are on the first album - 'Shoot To Kill' and 'Still'. They have a sound that did sound unique and distinctive for this day and age. I don't get that as much with this album - it sounds more like another very good album from the 20-teens. And like I said - it is good - Devine has a great voice, and the keyboard work throughout is excellent. This will surely end up in my top 10 for the year, and it'll get a lot of spins. I kinda think I'll end up liking it even more over the coming months and years as I play it more in a regular rotation and the songs start to separate a bit more in my mind. Sometimes these things take time.
#6 | george_the_jack on April 01 2017 20:10:27
I liked ''7'' better. This one pretty much came and went unnoticed.
 
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