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Burn (UK) - 2017 Ice Age

ALBUM: Ice Age
LABEL: Formula One Records
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Steve Newman - vocals * Chris Green, Phil Hammond - guitars * Marc Stackhouse - bass * Barney Stackhouse - keyboards * Julian Nichols - guest guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 Global Warning (Intro) * 02 Irontown * 03 Jelousy * 04 Hate * 05 Sink Together * 06 The Girl Who Wanted Everything * 07 Live Again * 08 Wasteland * 09 Love Song * 10 Twenty Twenty * 11 Punishment Of Lust * 12 Payback * 13 Ice Age * 14 Dancing With The Enemy (Japanese Bonus Track)


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These guys came from the wrong decade of melodic rock/AOR. As we know, the 90's wasn't a great time for our favourite sub-genre of rock, but yet, British band Burn stood like a shining beacon when all other contenders faded away amongst the shadow of flannel shirts and downtuned guitars. Even more astounding, their two albums from 1993 and 1995 came out on their own label: Formula One Records. They disappeared off the map for a decade or so, returning in 2007 with 'Global Warning'. That was the last we heard from them, until just recently, and a further decade later they return with a new album with accomplished singer songwriter musician Steve Newman taking up the vacant lead vocal spot. I have to say, I was very excited when I heard the news that the band were returning. However, upon listening to this album, my excitement wasn't totally reciprocated.

The Songs
Maybe I had gotten used to the vocal of Jeff Ogden, the previous singer, who bought a Bon Jovi like tone to proceedings. The band seemed to thrive in that environment and as a result those two 1990's albums were pretty good. They've lost Ogden, guitarist Julian Nichols and drummer Benji Reid (actually, I'm unclear who plays drums on this album). This one has heavier moments, though the melody is still apparent. Are there highlights? Definitely. For me they sound better when they keep it within the true melodic rock ring-fence. A song like 'Jealousy' is a good example. 'Sink Together' the power ballad provides some relief, though its only brief. An acoustic respite 'The Girl Who Had Everything' is quite good too, while 'Live Again' pumps it up with guitar attitude, another impressive tune. The piano led ballad 'Wasteland' is a poignant tune with no guitars in sight, it's then that the band flip-side into the organ based riffer 'Love Song', another strong delivery.

In Summary
It might take a few plays to get right into the core of the album, but with determination I'm sure this can be achieved. Burn released this album on their own bat once again, with Barney Stackhouse producing. In November 2017, the album saw a Japanese issue, and is due to get a worldwide issue from MelodicRock Records during January 2018 as I understand it. Existing Burn fans won't need convincing, and for Newman fans, at least you get to hear Steve on two albums in 2017. For me, this is a good rather than super-good album. As mentioned, with Ogden not being there anymore, Burn may have lost some of the attributes which made them popular back in the day, but in any case, welcome back lads!

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