Chris Ousey

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22
Apr

CHRIS OUSEY - Dream Machine (Review)

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content: 
90%
Produced By: 
Lars Chriss
Release Date: 
2016
Released: 
Europe
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Score: 
90
Label: 
Escape
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Veteran British vocalist Chris Ousey already has a wealth of impressive material to his name with such acts as Virginia Wolf, Heartland and The Distance.
His debut solo album was a long time coming, but was everything a Chris Ousey fan could possibly wish for, made even better with the production and musical nouse of the great Mike Slamer.
For his anticipated sophomore solo release, there’s no Slamer, but there is drummer/producer Lars Chriss and he has done a very good job maintaining the big punchy sound of the debut.
 
That album was truly outstanding, so I wasn’t expecting as much from this album, but still hoped it would come close. It does.
While the guitar playing and overall production style isn’t as impressive, the sound is still intact and the voice of Ousey makes it all worthwhile.
 
And there are several more absolutely fabulous songs on offer here. A couple of fillers too, but for the most part, this is a high energy, uptempo melodic rock must-have.
 
Opening with the Deep Purple-ish barnstormer This Is The Life, Chris shows he is still the vocalist we’ve loved since the 80s.
Another Runaway is a classically 80s sounding anthem, with a tasteful moody verse before one of the best choruses of the album.
War is possibly the most aggressive track on the album – fast, furious and packing a powerful punch.
Dream Machine continues the fast pace of the album with a funky twist. Not a favourite, but it depends on my mood how much I enjoy it.
Tearing It All Down is yet another fast flowing track with another great chorus. Classic Chris Ousey/Heartland here.
 
The fun continues with Into Your Dream, featuring another strong melodic AOR chorus over a solid groove.
Moment of Madness continues the blistering pace of this album with another great song. A less impactful chorus, but it still does the job.
Gone Long Gone is one track that fails in the chorus department for me; the verse is more impressive as far as vocal melodies.
Better Time to Come kicks the album back into overdrive, with a fast moving melodic rocker featuring another great vocal and chorus.
 
The slower rocking Eager To Please is perhaps another track that doesn’t have the immediate catchiness of other songs.
Return To Me makes up for that with enough melodies for two songs. Another fast and furious rocker.
Flesh On The Bone is a bonus track that wasn’t serviced to media, so I can’t comment on this one.

What strikes me above all else is the quality of Chris Ousey’s vocals. He truly is a wonder and anyone that appreciated Heartland or The Distance needs this album. Fans of the last album might miss Mike Slamer in the same way I am, but the quality of the songs and vocals ensures that the album repeats the ‘must buy’ status of the debut.
 

 

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Thu
11
Feb

CHRIS OUSEY Launches New Solo 'Dream Machine' April 22

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Heartland/Ozone vocalist CHRIS OUSEY will release his second solo album 'Dream Machine' via Escape Music April 22.
 
Track list: This Is the Life / Another Runaway / War / Dream Machine / Tearing It All Down / Into Your Dream / Moment Of Madness / Gone Long Gone / Better Time To Come / Eager To Please / Return To Me / Flesh On The Bone (bonus track)
 
Chris Ousey: Lead vocals and backing vocals
Chris Green: Lead Guitars
Adam Wakeman: Keyboards
Andy Loos: Bass Guitars
Lars Chriss: Drums
Backing vocals: Ged Rylands and Paul Hume
Tommy Denander: Lead Guitars, Rhythm Guitars and Keyboards
 
Produced by Lars Chriss and Khalil Turk
Mixed and Arranged By Lars Chriss
Mastered by Mike Lind
Executive Producer Khalil Turk
 
All songs by Chris Ousey and Tommy Denander except track 9; Better Time To Come by Chris Ousey, the late Christian Wolf and Tommy Denander.
 
Chris Ousey has had an excellent singing career that goes way back to the times of Monroe, Virginia Wolf, the fantastic Heartland an outstanding solo recording and more recently Snakecharmer. He is nicknamed The man with the golden tonsils and that is a fine accolade indeed for he has earned it. His effortless vocal range has gained him a top spot in the world of classic UK hard rock.
 
Chris has already delivered us a fine solo album in 2011 called Rhyme and Reason with Mike Slamer at the production helm. It was very warmly received by fans and critics alike and featured some fantastic songs.
 
The New CD Dream Machine is an extension of the foundations laid down four years ago: we have huge choruses, great songs and a production second to none. Chris further cements his reputation as one of the UK's greatest vocalists with an effortless performance that will attract new fans to his already strong fanbase. With guests such as Tommy Denander, Adam Wakeman and Lars Chriss the scene is set for a great melodic rock album which will be a prime contender for album of the year. Chris is like a mature wine, his voice gets better with age…
 
 
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