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Newman - 2017 Aerial


ARTIST: Newman
ALBUM: Aerial
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Steve Newman - vocals, guitars * Shaun Bessant - guitar, vocals * Dave Bartlett - bass, vocals * Paul Boyle - keyboards, vocals * Rob McEwen - drums, vocals * Mark Thompson-Smith - guest vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Fear Of Flying * 02 Don't Wake The Lion * 03 Can't Stop Loving You * 04 Life To Remember * 05 High Tonight (Aerial) * 06 Vertigo (Leap Of Faith) * 07 Two Sides * 08 I Am Your Man * 09 Always Strangers * 10 Nothing Left * 11 Still Bleeding * 12 You Don't Know Me


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British melodic rocker Steve Newman has been in the game now for two decades. Somehow, saying that seems friendlier than 20 years. Right? Over the course of Newman's journey, GDM has tracked close to all of his releases, refer to the tag below. The material on his 2017 album called Aerial, has been kicking around since 2016, and Steve joins up again with longtime drummer Rob McEwen, and occasional contributor Mark Thompson Smith who provides lead vocals on a couple of tracks.

The Songs
If you've listened to Newman as often as I have, you know what to expect. Catchy melodic songs which sit on the cusp of AOR and hard rock. There's a lot of booming energy kicking in from the start. 'Fear Of Flying' is an enjoyable aerial-nautical romp, but 'Don't Wake The Lion' is Newman with the brakes off and grinding steel. The guitars are phasing in and out, while the rhythm section dominates like a boss! I like the change-up rhythm of 'Can't Stop Loving You', with a chorus that shouts out 'rock disco'! Don't let that be a deterrent, it really is good. Steve reminds us just what a good guitarist he is on 'Life To Remember', with some great riffs and soloing evident. The good thing with 'Aerial' is that there are no ballads. It's just melodic rockers all the way. Highlights reach deep into the album, such as 'Two Sides (To Evolution)', the stomping 'Always Strangers' and the Harem Scarem like 'Still Bleeding'.

In Summary
I have been late getting to this. In fact, I reviewed the Burn (UK) album 'Ice Age' before this one, and that one came out 4 months later than this. Very naughty yes, but I did have excuses, especially since our website went offline for a few weeks. And that's the main reason. Still, this has been a useful catch-up for me, and I'm enjoying 'Aerial' even if it is very late article submission. Merry Christmas Steve!

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#1 | swingkingandy on December 24 2017 16:02:09
a good album with "lion" possibly my favourite song of the year!
#2 | jeffrey343 on January 16 2018 00:13:45
I've somehow stayed off the Newman bandwagon over his career, even though he's put out several very good albums. I've played this one more times than the past several combined. While I don't absolutely love his voice, this one has been a good listen that will get the occasional play. I've revisited some earlier ones as well, with the same impression.
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