Thursday, February 23, 2012

Review: Michael Thompson Band “Future Past”

Melodic rock/AOR
Ace studio session guitarist Michael Thompson, who has played for the likes of Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, Scorpions, Vince Neil, and many more, is releasing a new, long-awaited record entitled “Future Past”. Longtime fans of West Coast AOR probably remember his cult classic “How Long” from 1988. “How Long” was reissued in 2007 with 3 bonus tracks, starting a relationship between Michael Thompson and Frontiers Records.

This time Michael teams up with Larry King, the smooth vocalist from the band Soleil Moon. King brings a more rocking edge to the MTB sound but the trademark craftsmanship in the songs that fans would expect have been retained. Beginning with the lead off anthem, “High Times”, the listener is treated to one polished slice of AOR after another. While “High Times” is truly a highlight, my favorite song on the disc is “When You Love Someone” – an absolute winner without a single flaw. This smoldering power ballad draws you in with sultry verses that lead to an amazing chorus. Additional standouts include the upbeat arena-ready rocker “Here I Am” and “Beautiful Mystery”, which sounds like a lost Toto track. “Break Me Down” is also a solid track that grows on you quickly.

MTB’s “Future Past” should be an obvious choice for fans of Giant, Alias, and Foreigner.

Michael Thompson Band – more info.

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