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Other reviewers who do not acknowledge the musical genius displayed on this album have some philosophical/emotional prejudice against this type of music. Maybe they can't get the songs out their heads and they are annoyed. You might put this disk in the same category as Foreigner's stuff...but this has a harder edge, and displays much better musical talent.
You will hear these songs played on "soft rock", "adult contemporary", w/ organ, guitar, synth horns and strings etc. But the truth is, it's just great music. Most listeners will recognize many of the songs here, and be surprised that MatM are the ones who did it.
"Silent Running" was probably overplayed on radio in the mid-80s. But its mysterious, futuristic theme is still fascinating, and very "hummable".
"All I need is a Miracle" has a novel chord structure and a grabbing melody--especially in the chorus.
"Hanging by a thread" has a driving beat and aggressive vocals, with a haunting refrain.
"I get the Feeling" is perhaps the least memorable song but it is tolerable--heavy on synthed organ voices.
"A Call to Arms" and "Taken In" are top numbers. Very original works.
This is not a lightweight album, but it is much more accessible than some of Mike Rutherford's work with Genesis...which was also suberb. But this music is supremely likeable. You will listen to it many more times than some of your other "heavy" or "artsy" stuff.
After a long string of successful Genesis albums guitarist and co-founding member Mike Rutherford released this side project Mike and the Mechanics.
Stepping out from the shadow of frontman and lead vocalist Phil Collins, Rutherford proves he's more than just the big tall guitarist of the group.
He along with Christopher Neil (who also produced the album) and B.A. Robertson write some great songs on this 80's treasure. One song was co-written by Genesis bandmates Collins and Tony Banks "A Call to Arms" probably mean't for a past or future Genesis release.
The Mechanics very talented lineup consists of Ace, Squeeze, and solo artist Paul Carrack who shares the vocal duties with the late Paul Young. Rounding out the band is Peter Van Nooke on drums, Adrian Lee on keyboards and Rutherford on guitar and bass.
The disc opens with the catchy sci-fi themed "Silent Running". It is one of many well written songs on the disc. Other memorable tracks on the CD are; "All I Need is a Miracle" and "Taken In".
One of my favorite tracks is "Hanging By A Thread". It is one of the more harder edged tracks on the disc. I also enjoyed "Par Avion". This album is probably the best of the group's later releases.
Rutherford scores big with this release. He succeeds unlike many artist who decide to do solo projects away from their respective popular bands. He has put together a disc with well written and catchy material with very talented musicians. It's a great disc.
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I bought this to replace the copy I had on cassette tape. I really love the way the songs capture the mix of fear and hope of the cold war era. Read morePublished 9 months ago by B.Eastman
Love their music. This is early 80's and has a lot of good songs on it.Published 9 months ago by Carole
Fast shipping, great price, and awesome CD. What more can you ask for?Published 11 months ago by Dale Nugen
Owing to the wonderful mix of artists within "The Mechanics," Mike + The Mechanics is an all-star group within itself. Nobody here was unknown. Read morePublished 12 months ago by By CJs Pirate
Best of mid-80s music when rock videos were at their best! Cd came on time and just as advertised!Published 13 months ago by Harold Gillette