Road

The Road

by Mike + the Mechanics
     
 
Following the death of Paul Young and the departure of Paul Carrack, Mike + the Mechanics' only original member, Mike Rutherford, returns with a brand-new lineup for The Road, their first studio album since 2004's

Overview

Following the death of Paul Young and the departure of Paul Carrack, Mike + the Mechanics' only original member, Mike Rutherford, returns with a brand-new lineup for The Road, their first studio album since 2004's Rewired. Perhaps indicative of the talents of their two former vocalists, the former Genesis guitarist has brought in three different frontmen to fill their shoes: Canadian performer Tim Howar, who played Rod Stewart in the musical Tonight's the Night; South African singer/songwriter Arno Carstens, who left during its recording to pursue his solo career; and, most famously, Andrew Roachford, who scored several hits in the late '80s/early '90s with his funk-rock band namesake. It's a shame that the latter's heartfelt soulful vocals aren't utilized more often, as his six contributions are by far the strongest, whether it's the soaring pop
ock of "Try to Save Me," the gospel-tinged title track, or the driving AOR of "Walking on Water." While the rest of the album may provide a few more interesting twists to their trademark MOR acoustic sound, the other two vocalists can't match his impassioned tones. "Heaven Doesn't Care" echoes the anthemic quality of their U.S. number one "The Living Years" with its uplifting children's choir, while "Oh No" is a subtle slice of understated dance-pop, but both are beaten into submission by Howar's overblown tones, which struggle to leave his musical theater background behind, while Carstens appears to sleepwalk his way through the old-fashioned country-pop of "Hunt You Down" and the suitably titled "Background Noise." Even by Mike + the Mechanics' easy listening standard, The Road may be just a little too pedestrian, but there's still enough potential here to suggest that if they promote Roachford to full-time status next time round, they can survive the absence of their two former leading men.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2011
Label:
Sony Import
UPC:
0886978469120
catalogNumber:
7846912
Rank:
50441

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike + the Mechanics   Primary Artist
Peter Adams   Hammond B3
Jamie Moses   Guitar
Christopher Neil   Background Vocals
Mike Rutherford   Bass,Guitar
Toby Chapman   Keyboards
Gary Wallis   Drums
Hazel Fernandez   Background Vocals
Andrew Roachford   Vocals,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Anthony Drennan   Guitar
Mary Pearce   Background Vocals
Ben Weaver   Bass,Guitar
Jamie Norton   Keyboards
Martin Sutton   Guitar
Arno Carstens   Vocals
Harry Rutherford   Drums
Beverley Brown   Background Vocals
Luke Juby   Keyboards
Tim Howar   Vocals,Background Vocals
Hugo Flower   Guitar
George Hewlett   Organ
Barrow Hills School Choir   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Roachford   Composer
Christopher Neil   Producer
Mike Rutherford   Composer,Programming,Producer
Graham Stack   Producer
Martin Sutton   Programming
Harry Rutherford   Programming,Engineer
Sutton   Composer
Tony Smith   Management
Stephen Roachford   Management
Ben Robins   Programming

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