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When Empires Burn
Bob Catley
(Now & Then)

Magnum and pint-sized singer Bob Catley is back with another solo album. This one is not a concept album (or near enough) as his past solo efforts have been. This is a straight hard-rock record, which has turned out rather well. Gary Hughes is not around this time around and the songs are thankfully bereft of the pomp that Ten and Magnum are so famous for. There are still hints of his pomp day-job with tracks like ‘Children of the Circle’ and ‘When Empires Burn”. However, on tracks like ‘Every Beat of My Heart’ and ‘Meaning of Love”, Bob and his band sound remarkably like FM and Night Ranger. ?My America? has a very Irish rock-feel ala Thin Lizzy,, Gary Moore or Dare. Unlike like much of his solo material and even the Hard Rain (his post-Magnum) material, this is a fairly approachable CD and does not take a few listens to get into. All in all this is a highly enjoyable CD from a talented singer and performer that demonstrates he is not just a one-trick pony.

Rating: 4

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