FM – Rockville II (2013)

FM - Rockville II (2013) mp3 download


British AOR institution FM originally planned the release of their new recording ‘Rockville’ as a double CD set, but finally each album are available separately. We have presented here the first, now it’s time for “Rockville II”, just released today.

“Rockville II” features ten new tracks including a new recording of the song “High” which was originally made by Steve Overland and Pete Jupp as SO! for their ‘Brass Monkey’ album.

They loved this song so much and wanted to give it the FM treatment, and “High” opens the CD in a really smooth way, easy to the ears.

Now with most second CD’s on albums these days there is a marked decrease in the quality of the songs but not in this case as the band serve up something special, and with songs such as the soaring melodic rocker “Bad Addiction” and the top class AOR of “Guilty”, FM have released some of their best work ever. I even feel that “Guilty” would be playlisted by most of the main commercial radio stations out there.

Another winner is the awesome “Living for The Weekend”, particularly tagged by their ’80s sound out of their early period – but never sounding dated – showing their gifts for writing and composing are still intact.

With the addition of a couple of cuts deviated a little from that line, like the fat guitar riffage of the heaviest track on the album “Runaway Train” or with the unexpected final song “Last Chance Saloon” garnished with some organic bluesy melodious guitars, FM had provided again a full collection of classy songs to give many proofs once again of their sheer talent writing good, memorable songs.

FM and AOR lovers out there rejoice, because this second part of “Rockville” is the perfect listening companion to his predecessor. In fact, I think it’s even better as covers the whole spectrum of the FM style with class.

In reality, “Rockville II” is a real comeback to their childhood’s roots, also the perfect demonstration of the FM creative turmoil.

The faultless production is incredibly warm, organic but very clear and polished in the most elegant way you could imagine.

Highly Recommended.

01 – High

02 – Bad Addiction

03 – Guilty

04 – Desolation Station

05 – Runaway Train

06 – Living for the Weekend

07 – Forever and A Day

08 – Paradise Highway

09 – Brother Take Me Home

10 – Last Chance Saloon

Steve Overland – Vocals & Guitars

Jim Kirkpatrick – Guitars & Backing Vocals

Merv Goldsworthy – Bass & Backing Vocals

Pete Jupp – Drums & Backing Vocals

Jem Davis – Keyboards


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