The Elegance Machine
Release Date August 31st 2015
Label – AOR Heaven
Reviewed by Paul Nicholls
Steve Newman is one of the most highly respected UK rockers out there , his albums always receive deserved attention , simply due to the unfailing quality of the songs .
Taking two years to complete ( yes it really has been that long since “Siren” ) “The Elegance Machine “ marks a welcome return of Newman .
All the trademarks are here again in quality songs , great vocals and melody is as always high on Mr Newmans agenda.
On first listen this album wears a harder edge than “Siren”. Very guitar driven ( Guitars by Steve) yet it does retain those all important hooks that the band is known for with the addition of some quite wonderful keyboards .
The title track has a real driving rhythm , kicked along by the drum work of Rob McEwen , over which the bass and Steves guitar work builds into a real monster track . “Don’t Stay Lonely” has every chance of becoming one of the live bands staples as it has that sing along chorus , hard guitars and screams to be performed from a sweaty stage .
A welcome return to the fold is Mark Thompson Smith ( Big Life / Praying Mantis) who lends backing vocals on three tracks including the rocking “Illuminate”
Geoff Wooton appears on a further three tracks including the wonderful “Halo” co written by Steve and Paul Boyle . The song has an almost U2 feel to the guitars and a 100% fantastic lifting chorus that is going to sound amazing with the audience singing it back to the band .
If you are a fan of the work Steve Newman releases , you are not going to be disappointed at any point here and have you never delved into the aural place Steve calls home … now’s your chance.