ARTIST:

MAGNUM

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

MAGNUM II

(1979)
LABEL:

SANCTUARY

GENRE:

MELODIC HARD ROCK

TAGS:
Easy-Listening, Intimist, Old School
"With "Magnum II", the band lays the foundations for what will be its glory in the albums to come."
NOISE (31.08.2015)  
4/5
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With "Kingdom Of Madness" Magnum met with an interesting success and in fact wasted no time in offering him a sequel, "Magnum II", in October 1979. Let's quickly move on to this banal track - UFO and Queen had done it a few years before - and also to this unattractive cover. The speed of release is explained by the fact that the tracks were already written and had been played live since the band's beginnings.

Nevertheless, musically Magnum evolves and frees itself from its musical models little by little. Its music is more mature, the melodic work is even more impressive and Tony Catlin's guitar is widely highlighted. All this leads to a brilliant melodic hard rock with a progressive touch, the work on keyboards and piano being of a rare finesse. Finally Bob Catley confirms his vocal talent with a remarkable performance.

And it emerges from these ten songs several excellent songs like 'Great Adventure'. A very rich drawer track, it alternates between acoustic and electric with powerful epic passages and quiet piano moments, and confirms that Magnum creates a strong personality for itself. With 'Reborn', 'Changes', 'The Battle' and 'So Cold The Night', Magnum shows its talent for catchy melodies within songs well served by gorgeous choruses and brilliant riffs and solos. With the ballads 'If I Could Life Forever' and 'Stayin' Alive', he is also an excellent emotional storyteller, with Bob Catley being particularly inspired in style. Finally, the band is again going off the beaten track with a very jazzy 'All Of My Life', deliciously catchy and once again remarkably interpreted.

"Magnum II" is a brilliant confirmation. With this record the band lays the foundations for what will be its glory in the albums to come. A bit forgotten, this album deserves to be rediscovered at its true value as it contains excellent tracks and excels in the melodic research.


More informations on http://www.magnumonline.co.uk/





TRACK LISTING:
01. Great Adventure
02. Changes
03. The Battle
04. If I Could Live Forever
05. Reborn
06. So Cold The Night
07. Foolish Heart
08. Stayin' Alive
09. Firebird
10. All Of My Life

LINEUP:
Bob Catley: Chant
Kex Gorin: Batterie
Richard Bailey: Claviers
Tony Clarkin: Guitares
Wally Lowe: Basse
   
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