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All pure AOR fans really should prepare themselves for the "Feel Good Record Of The Year".

I had heard a couple of demos by Birmingham-based AOR-ster's Corvus before and while I was intrigued about hearing their album, I wasn't fully prepared for what I was about to hear. I thought "nice little local band, writing and recording my style of music, it'll be a pleasant enough spin" but instead I was instantly levelled by what a catchy as hell, pure AOR album 'Chasing Miracles' is; this easily shows up some of the genre's big boys and their releases from recent years. Corvus to me come across as the British version of Work Of Art, whilst remaining quintessentially British, they do show off their American and Scandinavian influences.

'...Miracles' is, from start to finish, an instant and enjoyable rollercoaster of catchy as hell songs that get you cranking the volume and dancing along. To be honest, catchy as hell is a massive understatement; this album has had a lot of time and love spent on it in every department and trust me, no hook is left unused and it shows in abundance on every single track!

Another startling thing is the supreme level of musicianship shown throughout the band, for most the names here will be unknown but they sure as shit don't play like nobodies. Guitarist John Clews is probably the best known for his time with Serpentine and the guitar work across the entire album is phenomenal. I'm not one for guitar histrionics but Clews has an uncanny ear for the melodic and slips some awesome fret-work into these songs which only increases their appeal. I'm not one for instrumental's either but I absolutely adore 'Retribution' which actually reminds me of Gerhard Pilcher's instrumentals with Melodica.

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Lead singer Ciaran James has a really cool, deep tone and this brings out a great vibe in the flow of the songs. Even in AOR circles, keyboardists seem to remain the unsung heroes of many an amazing song and I have to highlight Nick Jeavon's playing here; he doesn't play fluff or filler, his wonderfully adventurous and varied keyboard licks enhance the feel good factor of all these already "smile-inducing" songs. Lyrically as well, there is some great uplifting and positive messages in there – this album will be getting some serious airplay this summer!

These guys are a real revelation and all pure AOR fans really should prepare themselves for the "Feel Good Record Of The Year". This album is so uplifting you may find yourself floating away as you listen and as you sing along you might just find yourself involuntarily dancing and smiling like a Cheshire cat. I can't wait for these guys to explode onto the scene and hopefully hit the road!

Paul Woodward

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