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The Road

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2011
  • Label: Sony Import
  • UPC: 886978469120
  • Catalog Number: 7846912
  • Sales rank: 55,939

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
Dick Beetham Mastering
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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