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This is an album that entertains and enthrals repeatedly.

One of the challenges of being Reviews Ed for this magazine and Rocktopia is deciding what to cover and what to leave out, and for this my final issue as editor the challenge has been greater than ever, in both the sheer quantity of hopeful releases and of their variety. Here is a case in point; submitted with a brief covering letter by the artist himself, this is a self-released album, stunningly presented as a collector's edition in hard book format including embossed silver title and fantastic artwork containing 32 pages of lyrics and imagery, it proudly stared at me and suggested "don't ignore me, please".

And of course I didn't – and couldn't once I'd listened to some of it. It's certainly not our usual fare – but if something that has splashes of David Bowie, The Pet Shop Boys, Ultravox, burlesque, the occasional "poppy" moment or two, the Phantom Of The Opera and other stage musical presentations including Gilbert & Sullivan and no shortage of glam and glitter and all wrapped up with a marvellously melodic vocal performance, great musicianship and a top notch production – then you are getting a little closer to understanding what we have here! It's certainly the surprise package of this issue for me and I am intoxicated by it! So might you be, if you do not exist in the permanent states of either AOR Puritanism or Symphonic Rock (not that I am knocking those of you who are residents of either Universe, as we need you!) and are prepared to explore its charms.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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Described by Reeves as "a sonic threesome between Aladdin Sane, Hedwig and The Phantom Of The Opera" this is one of those albums that delights from beginning to end and through the prerequisite number of listens for this review I have become more and more enamoured with it and 47 minutes in its company seem to pass in half the time! The variety of approach – some songs are performed in character, others are not – enhance the aural experience, and the strength of the material is remarkable. Joined by Sarah Louise-Young on the delightful 'Smoke & Mirrors' and both Benjamin Louche and Adrian Stout on the burlesque-infused 'The Disappearing Man' (listen out for the Singing Saw and Theremin on this one), the rest of the album is magnificently performed by Reeves and his seven musical companions. Further highlights are many: the dreamy, slow ballad 'Gone', the macabre 'Black Tears' and atmospheric 'Behind The Mask' amongst them – but really the whole album just exudes quality.

This is an album that entertains and enthrals repeatedly. Do, please, go and investigate...

Paul Jerome Smith

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