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Superb!

It seems we've been a bit slow with this review, which is a great shame because this album represents a cracking collection of songs that are all steeped in highly memorable songs, melody, excellent harmonies and vocal arrangements, that border on brilliance, plus superb instrumental passages courtesy of Mike Varty (keyboards), Uwe D'Rose (guitars), Steve Gee (bass) and the now departed Dave Wagstaffe (drums).

There's not a weak moment across the twelve tracks laid before you on the two disc special edition (eight on the standard version); I've certainly found myself enamoured with the songs and can be heard singing (or trying to) selections from them at random moments throughout the day.

It's been 14 years between studio albums but the wait has been well worth it as the band has produced something special that is seemingly driven by Tracy Hitchings' spiritual beliefs and her unconventional battle to overcome cancer. The lyrical content is terrific, as is Hitchings' delivery of them, although I suspect she has one of those voices that divides opinion (the exaggerated vibrato she uses does prove a distraction at times) but there can be no argument that she is at the peak of her powers here. Just listen to the seductiveness with which she imbues the two 'Glowing' tracks, 'Friends' and 'Lovers'. Simply stunning!

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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I could easily take up this entire review by describing just one of the tracks because every one of them deserves mention, they are that good, but I'll have to confine myself to teasing you with a few snippets because highlights abound. The title track opens the album in terrific fashion with a Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd) style guitar overlaying a wash of synths, all this before the infectious bridge and chorus burrow into your consciousness from first listen. I even like the saxophone solo. Another wonderful guitar preface ushers in 'Mountains of Anglia'; 'Glowing' mixes power and beauty while 'Personal Universe' is equally gripping.

There is no let-up in quality on disc two either; making it a real bonus rather than a collection of outtakes. Superb!

Gary Marshall

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