CD Review: Former Classic Rock Artists Releasing New Solo Projects
From the west coast comes the sophomore solo release from former Alice Cooper and Flo & Eddie bassist Erik Scott. He released his debut album, "Other Planets" in 2009 and his new album "And The Earth Bleeds" was released on May 8th of this year. Erik's latest love is creating world sounds that incorporates many different aspects of music from around the world, beginning with the Middle Eastern ambient instrumental "Gypsy Mother And The Royal Bastard." The Scottish/European flavor of "Free" allows the vocals of Ana Maria Botero to soar, while Scott's voice on "Loco Amour (If I Could Be Crazy)" mirrors an older David Bowie while the music just eases your mind. The album finishes up with the Gaelic feel of "Run" and the airiness of the epic sounding "The White Mouse." To find out more about Erik Scott and his latest album "And The Earth Bleeds," please visit erikeskiscott.com.
Also returning is the "Intelligent Music Project" featuring Simon Phillips and Joseph Williams from the band Toto and John Lawton, formally from the band Uriah Heep. Their first collaboration began in 2012 and was so well received, they quickly entered the studio to create "My Kind O' Lovin'," their follow-up album. The new thirteen song release certainly lives up to the expectations with a great classic rock single in "Friends," which contains great harmonies and great lyrics. They rock out with the seventies vibe of "No One Can Deny It" and "Get Into Real." The vocal collaboration of Lawton and Williams is the perfect match on the gentle acoustics of "Simple Game" and on grand piano ballad "Things We Can't Do." The build up of "Love Song" is a classic rock masterpiece, while "Step In Learning" sound like a lost Toto outtake from the eighties. The album closes with the guitar driven, six-and-a-half minute epic feel of "Conclusion." To find out more about this latest project among these great artists, please visit www.mykindoflovin.com.