Graham Bonnet Band – Meanwhile, Back in the Garage

7/10

Being one of the most powerful voices in rock, Graham Bonnet became a legend in the late 70’s and early 80’s as his voice pierced through classics such as Rainbow – Down to Earth (1979), solo album Line-Up (1981), Michael Shenker Group – Assault Attack (1982) and Alcatrazz-classics No Parole for Rock ‘n’ Roll (1983) and Disturbing the Peace (1985). Since then, he has remained active and appears here and there on tours, and releasing solo-albums on a regular basis. At the 2015 Sweden Rock Festival, he made two great performances at both a solo-gig and a MSG-reunion-concert. He is now 72 years old, and still going strong, with yet another solo album consisting of the wonderful melodic hard rock sound that made him famous.

Still, his voice is one of the biggest problems of this album. Not that he can’t sing anymore, but the way he is produced. I’m quite convinced they have been using autotune on his vocals, which take away the great power I know his lungs still posess. And on top of that, the production overall seems compressed and way too undynamic. It’s the kind of sound you know should sound great, but there is still something wrong about it.

But in the end, the songs are what matters the most, and this album contains some really good ones. It sounds a lot like the classic Alcatrazz-stuff and that kind of music is right up my alley. When I first listened to the album, the songs didn’t stick out that much through the disappointing production value, but soon they started to grow on me and I got quite invested. At the third listening, I really noticed that this album contains a very solid song material, from the fast title track, throughout the great melodic “The Hotel” and further on through the unexpected cover of Tina Turners “We Don’t Need Another Hero” – which works so much better than you’d ever expect – all the way up to the nice closure “The Crying Chair”. In the end, I began to look away from the mixing issues and embraced the songs to the point where I settled on rating it 7/10, instead of the lower 6/10 I first had in mind.

So in the end, I really found myself liking “Meanwhile, Back in the Garage”. I just wish they’d mixed it better. The songs, the musicians and the voice deserves better. And maybe also shortened it a little. If they had done that, my first impression would probably have been as good, if not even better, than it is now.

Band: Graham Bonnet Band
Title: Meanwhile, Back in the Garage
Label: Frontiers Music
Date of release: 13/7-18
Time: 62,38
Rate: 7/10
Stand out track: We Don’t Need Another Hero

Graham Bonnet Band – Meanwhile, Back in the Garage

July 10, 2018

7/10 Being one of the most powerful voices in rock, Graham Bonnet became a legend in the late 70’s and early 80’s as his voice pierced through classics such as Rainbow – Down to Earth (1979), solo album Line-Up (1981), Michael Shenker Group – Assault Attack (1982) and Alcatrazz-classics No Parole for Rock ‘n’ Roll (1983) and Disturbing the Peace (1985). Since then, he has remained active and appears here and there on tours, and releasing solo-albums on a regular basis. At the 2015 Sweden Rock Festival, he made two great performances at both a solo-gig and a MSG-reunion-concert. He is now 72 years old, and still going strong, with yet another solo album consisting of the wonderful melodic hard rock sound that made him famous. Still, his voice is one of the biggest problems of this album. Not that he can’t sing anymore, but the way he is produced. I’m quite convinced they have been using autotune on his vocals, which take away the great power I know his lungs still posess. And on top of that, the production overall seems compressed and way too undynamic. It’s the kind of sound you know should sound great, but there is…

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