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Lionheart (UK) - 2017 Second Nature

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ARTIST: Lionheart (UK)
ALBUM: Second Nature
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Lee Small - vocals * Dennis Stratton - guitars, backing vocals * Steve Mann - guitars, backing vocals * Rocky Newton - bass * Clive Edwards - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Prelude * 02 Give Me The Light * 03 Don't Pay The Ferryman * 04 Angels With Dirty Faces * 05 30 Years * 06 On Our Way * 07 Second Nature * 08 Prisoner * 09 Every Boy In Town * 10 Time Is Watching * 11 Heartbeat Radio * 12 Lionheart * 13 Reprise


WEBLINKS: | Lionheart FB Page

Without doubt, this is one of the more surprising releases of 2017. Not that the band has only recently returned. No they've been active since 2013 at least. I know they have played some festivals and that is why their presence won't be a huge surprise to everybody. The inevitable thing obviously, is waiting for the new album. And in Lionheart's case, 'Second Nature' is that return album. The band were legendary back in the early 80's, and were signed to CBS for 1984's 'Hot Tonight' featuring Chad Brown on lead vocals. But beyond that, Lionheart folded with everyone going off to other projects, though a 2CD set did emerge in 1999 called 'Unearthed - Raiders Of The Lost Archives'.

The Songs
From what I've heard so far they sound in good form. Judging by the advance video 'Don't Pay The Ferryman', which is a Chris De Burgh cover. The first few songs really set the stage. 'Give Me The Light' with its keyboard lines ensures the listener know exactly what's going on. 'Angels With Dirty Faces' is a tougher track, with lead and backing vocals adding appreciably to the final package. The title track 'Second Nature' is also propelled by great energy, including upfront drumming and big choruses. Now, some of the songs here were also on that aforementioned 1999 2CD, though they have been updated in sound and production, and of course new vocals. There are some absoluet beauties too. 'Heartbeat Radio' is gorgeous stuff, so too the piano tapping atmosphere of 'Prisoner', which touches contemporaries Praying Mantis and Grand Prix.

In Summary
It's good hearing the band again, and with Lee Small now in the fold, it looks likely that Lionheart are in for the long haul. The material on 'Second Nature' should appeal to all the GDM regulars. What's not to like?

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#1 | roadrunner158 on September 04 2017 15:43:02
Umm - always thought that 'Don't Pay The Ferryman' is a Chris de Burgh song, not Chris Rea...
#2 | melodiapositiva on September 04 2017 17:09:00
I thought the same, maybe it's a mistake hmm!
#3 | Jez on September 04 2017 19:11:14
Chris De Burgh it is Wink
#4 | gdazegod on September 04 2017 19:17:23
Oops. It is too. Correction made. Obviously, too much caffeine when I wrote that.. lol!
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