What began as John Lawton & Diana Express with 2012's The Power of the Mind, quickly morphed into Intelligent Music Project I. Now, with more clarity as to the driving force behind it, Intelligent Music Project II, My Kind O' Lovin' is thrust upon us.
The mover and shaker behind IMP is actually Dr. Milen Vrabevski, a Bulgarian musical producer, who has created both the concept for the project and the lyrics that define it. Once more he has engaged vocalist John Lawton (Lucifer's Friend, Uriah Heep), but also vocalist Joseph Williams (Toto) with drummer Simon Phillips (Judas Priest, Jeff Beck, Toto, et al), who also recorded and engineered the album.
The conceptual theme remains much the same with Vrabevski pushing his mantra of the power of positive thinking. His idea is that not only does our mind determine our perceptions, but should be the instrument to better ourselves and our world. The song Happiness may be the best representation of his philosophy. However, it seems odd that, if using his mind he create songs and lyrics to advance the power of positive thinking, Vrabevski did not include a lyric booklet with the CD. Strange.
Also, once more, the character of the music is clear, basic AOR melodic rock, probably leaning towards the UK and European side, rather than the American. It's generally light stuff. But IMP and company can get a tad rambunctious, maybe more so than the previous project, with the edgier rock of No One Can Deny It, People On Fire, or Time To Move Along, by example. Of the more moderate songs, Things We Can't Do is one of the better ones with some moving orchestration. Then there's the songs that start with the brief sounds of birds chirping. Not sure what that's all about.
Overall, however, the music is rather benign, even the harder songs seem gentile, and unpretentious as though the songs could slip by with little notice. My Kind O' Lovin' is like power of positive thinking elevator music. But perhaps this is part of Vrabevski's plan also: get you listening to mold your mind to his philosophy, and so become more happy and content. Me, I'd like my mind to be able to think me up a cheeseburger with bacon, lettuce, and tomato, with a side of fries.
My Kind O' Lovin' is rather benign, even the edgier songs seem gentile, and unpretentious as though the songs could slip by with little notice. It's like power of positive thinking elevator music.
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