Magnum – Breath of Life

Reviewed: April 2002
Released: 2002, SPV
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: JP

This is almost a non-review with my middle of the road rating, and in fact it really is more a public service announcement. As one of the old guys I figure there are still a few people who remember Magnum the UK pomp-rock act. Some praise them to high heaven for being innovators in the progressive scene that is so vibrant right now. Other think they are way past their prime. I’m not going to get into that now except to say, as very casual Magnum fan for years…I’m glad they are still going.

I like some of their old material. I like some songs from the new one. This new record is not metal. This new record is quite dull. The new record is supposed to be dull, they can’t, shouldn’t and probably don’t want to change at this point. It is classic vintage Magnum.

I suppose I should say something about the CD…the cover is bad, the production is good, the lyrics are substandard (for them) and the songs are adequate. Just like I said classic vintage Magnum. Die-hards, get it, non-prog fans look elsewhere, and curiosity seekers…go for it.


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Track Listing:
1. \”Cry\”
2. \”This Heart\”
3. \”Everyday\”
4. \”Still\”
5. \”Dream About You\”
6. \”Breath of Life\”
7. \”After The Rain\”
8. \”That Holy Touch\”
9. \”Let Somebody In\”
10. \”The Face of an Enemy\”
11. \”Just Like January\”
12. \”Night After Night\”

Tony Clarkin – guitar
Bob Catley – vocals
Al Barrow – bass guitar
Mark Stanway – keyboards