TEN - Albion

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Heavy Rock | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 166 / 12-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 7/10 | Label: Rocktopia | Autor: ML

The cover of the new album of the band from Manchester looks at first sight as if it is a new product of Doro from Düsseldorf. More exactly, the busty and fiercely dressed girl on the cover is a bit too young to be the ex-warlock front woman. In view of the very differentiated music, which singer, producer and songwriter Gary Hughes has been offering under the logo Ten for two decades, such a cover unfortunately doesn't provide a leap of faith, especially as Hughes Jolle has been bobbing around with her melodic hard rock for some years now. The times in which they were treated as bearers of hope with albums like "Spellbound" (1999) are long gone. "Albion" with its light pomp and melodic prog parts in the style of Magnum or Asia can score much more points than the whole output of the last decade could. Especially because Hughes really equipped all ten songs with great melodies. Only the production seems too old-fashioned and fuzzy again.

Top track: Albion Born

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