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Tom Galley - The Creator Of Phenomena - 'Awakening' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/5d/1d/94/2261_TomGalleyPhenomenaAwakening_1339003888.jpg Hot

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A good and worthwhile investment, but not what I would consider essential.

Since the mid-80's, Tom Galley has been responsible for being the impetus of spawning a half dozen albums under the Phenomena moniker. Originally based on his short stories of which are all conceptual in nature, these soundtracks have had the luxury of featuring a varied and amazing collection of talent comprised of the highest caliber in the industry. Although designed to be a trilogy of recordings (s/t, II & III) of which the last was released in 1991, it wasn’t until 2006 that the Phenomena project was revived entitled ‘PsychoFantasy’ on Escape Music and only to be followed with ‘Blind Faith’ in 2010. With such a rich history, ‘Awakening' upholds this very tradition and does not disappoint.

The mélange of musicians who perform on this release will be familiar to many a reader of Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia including contributions from James Christian, Mike Slamer, Toby Hitchcock, Ralph Scheepers and Tommy Denander. With an all-star roster like that, what's not to like? Congruent with the lineup, the production, performances and artwork are all first-rate. However, I am not convinced with this collection as the songs simply fail to match the strength of its participants. Whether it is lyrics, verse melody or chorus, a majority of the songs suffer in varying degrees in these areas.

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Although not overly impressed with the songwriting, the album does possess numerous highlights. 'Homeland' featuring Rob Moratti (vocals) and Martin Kronlund (guitars) and 'Going Away' sung by James Christian really gives this album momentum. 'Fighter' with the much revered Terry Brock also makes for a memorable experience. However, it is tunes like 'Reality' and 'Smash It Up' that boast wonderful performances from vocalists Toby Hitchcock and Lee Small respectively, they disappoint from a lacklustre chorus. 'How Long' is another track performed by the aforementioned Lee Small and albeit a great performance, the chorus is repeated ad nauseum.

I find it nearly impossible for supporters of the genre not to be a fan of at least one of the artists featured on 'Awakening.' Coupled with that, the musicians all deliver and shine brightly within the parameters of the songs. However, the songwriting largely misses the mark and ultimately fails to make this album something I will revisit in the future. It is good and worthwhile investment, but not what I would consider essential.

Brent Rusche

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