Released: 2006, Escape Music/Zink Music
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Tom Galley is a very familiar name within the hardrock scene. Tom and his brother Mel have written songs for Trapeze. Mel went on to play with Whitesnake and Tom started the huge Phenomena project which released 3 albums during the 80’s and beginning of the 90’s. The latest album from the project came in 1992 and some of the contributing musicians have been Cozy Powell, Glenn Hughes, Don Airey, John Wetton, Scott Gorham, Neil Murray etc.
Today after many years of silence it’s finally time for Phenomena to release their 4th album. This time around there aren’t as many famous musicians as before but still we have Glen Hughes, Mel Galley, Keith Murell, Tony Martin, J.J Marsh. The musical foundation is still within epic melodic hardrock but this time the material and music feel a bit rawer and edgier. Mr.Galley is a genius when it comes to creating and writing music, all the 11 tracks are splendid and there’s nothing remotely negative to say about the material.
Also this album is a concept album but if you’re curious about what Mr. Galley writes and sings this time you have to listen for yourself. It’s really hard to choose any favorite tracks but if I have to I’d take the ones with Glenn Hughes. It sounds like Hughes is in excellent shape and it’s hard to remember the last time he sounded as good as this. Glen Hughes is featured on “Touch My Life”, “Higher”, “Crazy Grooves” and “How Do You Feel” so naturally those are my favorite tracks.
Tom Galley has recorded the album in The Garage Mad Hat Edan and The Britannia Row and Spool. The album was mixed by John Jacobs and mastered by Ray Staff. The production leaves more to wish for and unfortunately Tom hasn’t managed to do the album justice. It sounds like an early 90’s production in many ways and the production lies closer to the previous album from 1992 than to the 21st century.
This album doesn’t make any older fans of either the Phenomena project or Glen Hughes and Tony Martin disappointed and as always Tom Galley impresses. The whole album is extremely well thought through and Tom Galley hasn’t left anything behind. The only thing that does not live up to the expectations is the production but that’s all. I have only one thing to say..BUY!