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Shadowman Different Angles Escape Music
ESM127
· Produced By: Steve Morris

· Running Time: 52.16

· Release Date: March 10

· Released:

· Musical Style: AOR

· Links: Escape Music
90%
Songs: 91%
Sound: 89%
I was initially in two minds about this release – influenced I think by the amount of metal in the market place currently. It seemed just a little too laid back. But then I realized that is the whole point. This is laid back...it's also soulful, bluesy and filled with some glorious old-school AOR melodies.
In between all these European melodic metal releases it is so nice to hear some high quality traditional AOR once again, served up in a finely polished package.
Different Angles is a very apt title for the second Shadowman album. Band principles Steve Overland (FM) and Steve Morris (Heartland) have opted for a slight change of approach this time around.
The more straight forward AOR of that debut has been re-tuned to showcase a bluesier, more laid back direction. The bulk of the material retains the trademarks of the acclaimed debut, but skewers it into a more soulful package and one I must say suits the band very well.
Even the more uptempo numbers are delivered in a soulful spirit. Mood plays an important part in these songs, so the listener must be in a similar frame of mind to reap the rewards of some strong material.
An album that appears very laid back gathers a little extra pace once you get to know it, but overall the material does remain between slow and mid-tempo. Song wise, Learn To Live Without You and When It's Gone It's Gone are two of the tracks which most reflect the sound of the debut, while the soulful Take Me Home is a perfect example of the sultry vocal delivery of Overland and like many of the tracks, steps up a notch during the choruses.
Way Of The World is totally subliminal until the chorus brings a fresh burst of energy to the track, highlighting Overland's pitch perfect vocals.
The album dips a little for a couple of tracks in the middle, but the uptempo AOR of Chains offers perhaps the most urgent track of the album and a nice lift in pace and is followed nicely by the memorable Dreams Die Hard.
Runaway Girl is similarly laid back, but driven almost entirely by acoustic guitars and offers Overland fans something a little different. Some sweet harmony vocals make it an enjoyable track.
The album closes on a high note with another more urgent AOR track that might have been something from the debut.
The Bottom Line
Fans of the debut will be as equally impressed with the follow-up, which for me offers just that little bit more now that the direction is more defined. Perhaps it is the presence of some stronger material, or perhaps it is the added value of timing - being a pure AOR album when there are few others offering the same. Either way, this is a very polished and high quality collection of soulful AOR from one of the best voices in the business.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
· Land Of The Living
· Different Angles

Line Up:
· Steve Overland: Vocals
· Steve Morris: Guitars
· Harry James: Drums
· Chris Childs: Bass

Essential For Fans Of:
· FM
· The Ladder
If you liked this release - also check out:
· The Ladder - Future Miracles
Track Listing
· Learn To Live Without You *
· Take Me Home *
· Cry Wolf
· When Its Gone
· The Way Of The World *
· In The Shadows
· Did It For Love
· Chains *
· Dreams Die Hard *
· Runaway Girl
· Satellite
· Shine On

--*Best Tracks


13/07/06: Axe-Machine - info@hugomusic.net
Rating: 88
I was a bit disappointed by the first record, as after the opening duo of 'Those Days Are Gone' and 'Medicine To Me', it went rapidly downhill. However, this time the guys have returned with a slightly mellower, albeit much stronger album. This is the best Overland has sounded in a while, and tracks like 'Way Of The World', 'Learn To Live Without You', 'Dreams Die Hard' and album highlight 'Satellite' have certainly left me in anticipation of the next record, after I was ready to give up on these guys. My only criticisms? Who thinks Steve Morris is a good producer? Bland as always, although the fiery drumming of Harry James and the smooth vocals of Overland do their best to mask a pretty rough mix.

Terrific return, and definately their best.

02/06/06: rocky - runha2@hotmail.com
Rating: 60
sorry to say this but i agree with a couple of others hete, that this is infact a boring album. we know that Overland & co can do better than this....please get back to the style of your first cd, and espesially the last song......long live FM

27/05/06: Dave M - djmayerfzr@hotmail.com
Rating: 60
Thought that I would give this disc another bloody good listening to to see if it would grow on me. So it's spent a couple of weeks in the car with me and had some serious listening done-Result???? Sorry but it's as it was before just to forgettable i'm afraid. Can't deny he has a superb voice and Morris plays great guitar but this should have been so much better. AOR/M.Rock was and should still be about big choruses, catchy tunes, hooks, big ballads etc. Lets be honest I bet most fans of the genres top 10s would be stuffed full of albums that contain the above. This Shadowman album is safe, predictable and just seems to be missing that special something that the first album had.

28/04/06: jose - joselp2@wanadoo.es
Rating: 49
Boring album,weak songs and no feelings at all.Change Of Heart latest album is in the same vein and is a lot better.

23/04/06: Zok - micke_016@hotmail.com
Rating: 85
Shadowman´s second album is what you can expect, quality all over the record. Steve Overland sings as great as he always do. The first record was realy good, and this one comes pretty close to the "Land of the living" but I feel that its more songs that gets to you on the first album.

22/04/06: Dave - djmayerfzr@hotmail.com
Rating: 60
Oh Freddy....for goodness sake get a life!!!! Every goddamn review I read by you (and yes I read them all just to brighten my day up) makes me want to wet myself with laughter or send to you some shoes and a map of the world as you obviously can't get out much!!!! You REALLY should stop taking things so seriously (including yourself!!)it's only music and, shock, horror, gasp.....music is very subjective, even AOR/Melodic Rock. Just because you like it doesn't make it good and the guy/gal who doesn't like it some raving lunatic who knows bugger all about the genre, you know.."one mans meat is another....etc". So instead of writing reviews based around other peoples views why don't you get your head out of your backside and simply put down what you think, feel and hear about the discs that you are commenting on and give us all a break from the crap that you write!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway now that's done onto the disc in question, it is (in MY opinion!) no-where near as good as the first and ultimately a little forgetable, I'm sitting hear and truly can't remember any of the tunes from it despite playing it on and off for a couple of weeks but can instantly recall at least 5 tracks from the first album. Steve Overland has one of those great voices that most AOR/M.R. fans recognise and love and yes anything he sings he sings well but as an AOR/M.R. album there are better ones out there. For me the true test of ANY album is whether or not I would buy a next album by the same band, for instance I got this Shadowman, 101 South, Dishwalla(check this band out everyone...PLEASE)Harlon Cage last albums based on the previous one, where as I skipped Journeys Generations following the pathetic Red 13 EP and would not get another Shadowman album based on this one. Repeat business guys is down to the quality of the last offering....same in most multi purchase industries.

21/04/06: Henrique Aires - silvano.aires@nextiraone.pt
Rating: 85
I agree totally with Freddy De Keyzer .
This is fine melodic rock/AOR and better than The Ladder, but
not as good as their debut .
Recommended !

21/04/06: Freddy De Keyzer - freddk100@hotmal.com
Rating: 85
My God, Valium, you are using to much valium I suppose to judge this disc and Legume, eat some more legumes and disappear, my friend.
I only conclude that these guys didn't listen to this fine album.
Andrew gave it a 90 rating, these guys a 5 or so !
A real shame for such a talented band.
O.K., FM is maybe better (but only their first discs !) !
Steve has a great voice, no matter in what band the man sings !
This is fine melodic rock/AOR and better than The Ladder.
Not as good as their debut, but worth investigating !

19/04/06: Valium - Valxbyx@poster.us
Rating: 5
well guys i couldn't listen to the songs in this album
fully because i found myself skipping the tracks.
i don't like this album and a score of 90% for this pile
of crap ain't gonna win any crowd. hell even THE LADDER
was better than this poor effort.

not recommended @ all.

08/04/06: Legumo - legumo66@yahoo.com
Rating: 25
Horrible album, boring vocals, annoying arrangement
and music that got no feelings or anything.

BORING!

Steve Overland and FM = THE BEST

Steve Overland and Shadowman = BAD

avoid.


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