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Newman - Siren Award winner

by Katarzyna Zakolska at 08 July 2013, 11:19 AM

NEWMAN is a melodic Rock / AOR band, emerging from the United Kingdom, formed by vocalist Steve Newman. Since 1998 melodic Rock artist Newman have released quite a selection of release, you ought to check out his website for the numerous examples. Through AOR Heaven, Newman releases his tenth album “Siren”.

“Had Enough” was an easy choice as the album’s best on my bill, an addictive anthem, catchy as it figures, amazing AOR sensation, memorable riffs, crushing guitar solo, a flip back to FOREIGNER Little similarity to FOREIGNER. “Scar Of Love”, opening the album, has quite an energy, cool rocker and well recorded drum and bass, Newman as a vocalist is quite nice, I like his style. “Another Bitch Of A Night”, heavier with its riffs, smacking WHITESNAKE igniting the Blues, catchy, classy, the works. “When It Comes To Love” is a one of the old guitar, a remembrance of the mighty early 80s and late 70s of the genre, great vintage Hard Rock, no need for further heaviness. “Some Kind Of Wonderful” has some great drumming, modern like keyboards, kick ass riffing, a little strong for your average AOR, the soloing nearly dropped me to my knees. “Feel Her Again” sliding between Popish features and energetic Rock, with a similarity to WET, taking its toll, starring as an 80s Hard Rock emblem. “Don’t Know Why” shares a few pointers off “Hold The Line” by TOTO, a sure classic rocker, 70s oriented with an incredible solo effort. The beautiful ballad “The Foolish One” is taking it nice and slow, highly harmonic, an AOR power moment.

Others that would fit your nature are: “Crossfire” cracking with heaviness, titled track “Siren” is melodic with various of vocal similarities to Jorn Lande and “Arcadia” where I really enjoyed the lyrics and the great riffery effort.

Summing this one up Steve Newman is the creator of a hearted Hard Rock, ranging between the genre’s classiest decades. “Siren” is a melodic piece of mastery, well written, catchy as hell with fine musicians to accompany its proceedings. Newman as a frontman is darn impressive, fluent and powerful. Fans of NEWMAN will have an unbelievable time with this one; of course also fans of Hard Rock and AOR. Get ready to hear the sirens call. 

5 Star Rating

1. Scar Of Love
2. Had Enough
3. Arcadia
4. Another Bitch Of A Night
5. Feel Her Again
6. Some Kind Of Wonderful
7. Siren
8. When It Comes To Love
9. Crossfire
10. Waiting For The Day
11. The Foolish One
12. Don’t Know Why
Steve Newman - Vocals, Guitar, and Keyboards
Rob McEwen - Drums & Percussion
Shaun Bessant - Lead Guitar on “When It Comes To Love”
Robert Säll - Lead Guitar on “Feel Her Again”
Pete Newdeck - Backing Vocals on “Some Kind Of Wonderful” and “Waiting For The Day”
Nick Workman - Backing Vocals on “When It Comes To Love”
Record Label: AOR Heaven


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