Almost at the same time as the current Curved Air album, a new sign of life appears from their former violinist Darryl Way. Although "Children Of The Cosmos" was announced full-bodied as "his first prog album in more than 20 years", the twelve songs on this CD clearly fall into the synthpop category. Since Way apparently played all the parts himself and sang them one (there's a guest singer at the start of "Fire With Fire"), he had to make concessions with the arrangements: The drum parts are canned and the bass lines are played on a keyboard. Interestingly, Way is more reserved on the violin and the decision for a violin sound that sounds more like a synthesizer ("Children Of The Cosmos", "Spooks") is not always advantageous. Especially the shallow reggae song "Don't Look Back" (with a quote from Johann Pachelbel's "Kanon in D") sells Way under value and he is far away from innovative sound worlds. After all, the 65-year-old proves at the lively "Summer Of Love" that he can still be a string wipe in front of the gentleman.
Top track: Summer Of Love