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Graham Bonnet Band - Meanwhile, Back In The Garage Music Review

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Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
4.5/5.0

Graham Bonnet is living proof that you're never to old to rock and roll. The legendary vocalist turned 70 this past December, which means he's been active in the music industry better than 50 years. All this encourages me as I'll be turning 60 next month, and still love to rock. Bonnet returns with a new studio album Meanwhile, Back At The Garage with 13 songs, and a live DVD from Daryl Hall's (Hall & Oates) monthly web cast Live From Daryl's House earlier this year.

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Needless to say, this album finds Mr Bonnet in fine vocal form, sounding strong and steady in the context of classic AOR melodic rock. Bonnet has a keen ear for melody and harmony in a song, and equally leads and follows both with ease. As for the songs, well, there's a lot of them, 13 plus a live song from Daryl's House for better than 60 minutes. But you won't be bored.

You'll find some straight brisk rockers with Sea Of Trees, The House, America...Where Have You Gone, and the title track Meanwhile Back In The Garage. That last song features a rather impressive neo-classical guitar line throughout. But Joey Tafolla guitar licks are quite superb across the entire album. Sometimes Bonnet and company will try to trip you up when shifting musical gears. For instance, Man On The Corner begins with some sweet acoustic guitar, suggesting a ballad is coming, but it quickly erupts into a fast rocker. Yet a ballad does come with The Crying Chair, largely featuring Bonnet with acoustic guitar backed by band vocal harmony. With Livin' In Suspicion you get a true AOR arena rocker, with a tasty groove, big drums, and a catchy refrain. The song features live guitarist Kurt James. The final highlight is Bonnet's fine cover of the Tina Turner hit single We Don't Need Another Hero for the 1985 film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

As the saying goes, age is just a number, especially when you're doing what you love. Graham Bonnet Band's Meanwhile, Back In The Garage is another solid album of entertaining AOR melodic rock from the iconic and legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet. Get it. Easily recommended.




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The Bottom Line

As the saying goes, age is just a number, especially when you're doing what you love. Graham Bonnet Band's Meanwhile Back In The Garage is another solid album of entertaining AOR melodic rock from the iconic and legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet. Get it. Easily recommended.

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