Mars Electric
Fame Among The Vulgar
Atenzia Records
Produced By: Joey Donatello & Jacob Bunton

Running Time: 42.05

Release Date: Out Now

Released: EU

Musical Style: Modern Rock / Nu-Breed

Links: Mars Electric Atenzia
Songs: 84%
Sound: 86%
The new Mars Electric record is one that might not have happened. Dropped from Sony's boutique imprint label Portrait Records, the band could have easily given up.
But adventurous Swedish label Atenzia stepped in and a new record was put firmly on the agenda.
Now my tastes have developed a little over the past couple of years to appreciate more modern rock and all things nu. But I still find that many modern rock records feature poor vocalists and songs that really can sound monotonous. So I'm still wary of some artists and Mars Electric were one of them. I didn't rate their debut as an essential release, but due to better songs, a more energetic delivery and a stronger melodic influence, I rate this album far better.
While I wouldn't recommend his album to anyone that does not have a taste for all things modern, or those that don't like the nu-breed tag, I would recommend it to those that sit on the border, or appreciate something a little different when it is high quality.
Fame Among The Vulgar is high-quality. The production seems a little rawer, a little more in your face and for that matter a little heavier. Rather than appealing to fans of Matchbox Twenty or Rubber like the debut this is better aimed at those into Marvellous 3 or the last SR-71.
The opening track Bemused is a terrific melodic modern rock anthem, while Disco King is pure Butch Walker genius.
Queen Of Suffering sees vocalist Jacob Bunton opening up his range to great effect and the moody ballad Descend is as good or better than anything on radio today.
Elsewhere on the album, Heaven's Gate rocks harder than ever, Did I Say Too Much is pure good fun melodic pop/rock, while Baby's Got a Brand New Life is a melancholy look at the life of Wendy O Williams.
Special note for the great mid-tempo ballad Don't Say Goodbye. Another cool melodic and commercial track that really should be on radio.
The Bottom Line
A very solid an enjoyable album that should rate very highly with all fans of nu-breed and modern rock and might even rate a mention with more traditional melodic rock fans. The material and melodies are certainly strong enough.
I like the fact that there is only 10 tracks all classy numbers, with no fillers added to pad out the album's running time.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Beautiful Something
Fame Among The Vulgar

Line Up
Jacob Bunton: Vocals
Chris Simmons: Guitar
Matt Finn: Drums
Carl Ray Hopper: Bass

Essential for fans of:
Mars Electric
SR-71 - Tomorrow
Track Listing
Disco King*
Queen Of Suffering
Heaven's Gate
Baby's Got A Brand New Life
Did I Say Too Much
Dancing In The Clouds
Don't Say Goodbye
I'm Not Dreaming
--*Best Tracks

25/08/03: Marc Vanway -
Rating: 87
Great cd! I had their first cd and never really liked it. But this one is totally diferent. Much better songs, great production, and massives choruses. I really recomend it to everyone who likes nu-breed music!

28/07/03: Troy -
Rating: 90
This is way better than their first album. Every song is pretty good. My favorites right now are "Disco King", "Queen Of Suffering" and "Don't Say goodbye" although tomorrow that could change because there are a lot of great songs here.

07/07/03: John -
Rating: 90
What a great band, and a great sophmore release. Thank God for labels like Atenzia for noticing real talent. This record has awesome songs and amazing production. It easily stands up to Kevin Shirleys production on the debut disc. Although, like most CD's, it has a few filler songs, it's a great addition to any rock fans collection. Go buy this disc, go buy their debut CD, don't miss out on Mars Electric. Let's hope the bands website is updated soon, it would be good to keep up with them online. Hopefully this disc will get U.S. distribution soon, that would make it easier for fans. Bottom Line: Support Mars Electric, their great, and they deserve it.

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