Black Swan – Generation Mind

7/10

So good to hear Robin McAuley on a record again. I did have see what he had done since the MSG albums, and it wasn’t much (except for performing with Michael Schenker now and then) . This band sounds like a heavier McAuley Schenker Group (quite difficult not to of course). But I doubt it would be as heavy and fast if it was released back then.

This is a positive surprise and even if the band consists of rock nobilities who’s been around for ages it is not relying on any of their earlier work (Mr Big, Whitesnake, Winger).

A lot of songs have a feelgood touch to them. “Eagles Fly” is a first-round favourite of mine. The high octane and catchy melodies carry on through the album. A perfect fit for Robin’s vocals.

This is an album that kept my interest up for the whole 55 minutes, it says a lot I think of the quality and curiosity of what they’ve been cocking up for us now.  “Crown” feels like the odd one on this album but not so in a bad way. A song that is heavier than the other songs on the album still without losing its frame of work within the band’s frames.

Is it because the off the radar period that Robin’s vocals still sound as fresh as back in the late 80s? He hasn’t had a chance to scream his vocal chords into retirement as much?
How can a man of his age preserve his voice so good? The answer might lie in the fact that he hasn’t really made much vocal demanding records and performances?

And “Wicked the day” sees Reb Beach shine and going for the title “Best song on the album”. The final track “I will follow” is not a cover of U2s song.

 

Artist: Black Swan
Title: Generation Mind
Label: Frontiers Records
Date of release: 8/4 2022
Rate: 7/10
Best Songs: Wicked Day & Eagles Fly

Black Swan – Generation Mind

April 16, 2022

7/10 So good to hear Robin McAuley on a record again. I did have see what he had done since the MSG albums, and it wasn’t much (except for performing with Michael Schenker now and then) . This band sounds like a heavier McAuley Schenker Group (quite difficult not to of course). But I doubt it would be as heavy and fast if it was released back then. This is a positive surprise and even if the band consists of rock nobilities who’s been around for ages it is not relying on any of their earlier work (Mr Big, Whitesnake, Winger). A lot of songs have a feelgood touch to them. “Eagles Fly” is a first-round favourite of mine. The high octane and catchy melodies carry on through the album. A perfect fit for Robin’s vocals. This is an album that kept my interest up for the whole 55 minutes, it says a lot I think of the quality and curiosity of what they’ve been cocking up for us now.  “Crown” feels like the odd one on this album but not so in a bad way. A song that is heavier than the other songs on the album still without…

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