Friday, August 28, 2015

REVIEW : Cats In Space / Too Many Gods (2015)

Ladies and gentlemen, the cats are landed on planet earth!! Cats In Space is a new melodic rock act that its mission is to bring to earth its well-crafted music that includes nice melodies, strong performances, memorable hooks and choruses and a 70's, late 80's vibe that will please every rock lover out there.

The cats are GREG HART (Guitars, Vocals, Synthesizer), PAUL MANZI (Lead vocals), STEEVI BACON (Drums, Percussion), DEAN HOWARD (Guitar), JEFF BROWN (Bass guitar, Vocals) and ANDY STEWART (Piano, Synthesizer,Wurlitzer). The list of guest features MICK WILSON (Guest Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Keys), ANDY SCOTT (Guitar, Vocals), JANEY BOMBSHELL (Backing Vocals), GREG CAMBURN (Saxophone) and MIKE MORAN (Orchestra arranger and performer, Piano, Organ). 

As I already mentioned above, the music of Cats In Space includes some extremely interesting things such as great arrangements, a lot of groove, nice melodies and very good performances.

The musicianship is tight and all the songs here are a pleasant ride through Cats In Space world. The late 70's, 80's, vibe surrounds perfectly the final result and gives the extra something and makes "Too Many Gods" a brilliant record from start to finish. The AOR lovers can find for sure some really interesting moments like the super-catchy tune of "Mr. Heartache" or the amazing "Only In Vegas" that both are highlights out of this debut. But wait a minute, the whole album is a true highlight and one of the most unique that I've heard so far. For the real music lovers, this record is a must have, period!

Rating : 9,5/10

Track Listing :
 1. ARRIVAL (Ian Caple/ Greg Hart)
2. TOO MANY GODS (Greg Hart)
3. STOP (Greg Hart)
4. LAST MAN STANDING (Greg Hart/ Mick Wilson)
5. MR HEARTACHE (Greg Hart/ Mick Wilson)
** Guest appearance by Andy Scott (SWEET)
7. SCHOOLYARD FANTASY (Greg Hart) ** CD only
8. THE GREATEST STORY NEVER TOLD (Greg Hart/ Mick Wilson/Ian Edwards) ** Orchestra arranged and composed by Mike Moran, ** Guest lead vocals Mick Wilson
9. ONLY IN VEGAS (Greg Hart/ Mick Wilson)
10. MAN IN THE MOON (Greg Hart/ Mick Wilson)
** Guest lead vocals Mick Wilson
12. VELVET HORIZON (Greg Hart)    

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