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Man From The Moon, The - Rocket Attack (9/10) - Sweden - 2008

Genre: Melodic Rock
Label: Black Mark
Playing time: 48:47
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. Rocket Attack
  2. Warm Blooded Woman
  3. Eagle Free
  4. Revolution
  5. President Of Madness
  6. In Love And Memory
  7. The Walker
  8. I Am Your God
  9. Ice Man
  10. Dance Mamma
  11. Time Gives A Moment
  12. My Home Town
Man From The Moon, The - Rocket Attack

Well, about a year ago I received the MAN FROM THE MOON lead single from the then-forthcoming “Rocket Attack”; I reviewed it favourably and mentioned that I couldn’t wait for “Rocket Attack” to show up at the TMO offices. Well, that fateful time has finally come, and I must say, the wait was definitely worth it.

 

If you checked out the lead single (which contained “Warm Blooded Woman” and “My Home Town,” both of which are present and accounted for on “Rocket Attack”) then you’ll find that it was a good indication of the rest of the album. Though it does have its harder moments, “Rocket Attack” is mostly a gentler affair; ballads abound, and clean electric and acoustic guitars are more likely to be heard than crunchy distorted guitars. Frequent use of keyboards add to the mellow atmosphere. Yep, this is definitely an 80s-influenced album.

 

Surprisingly, I found myself enjoying the softer songs like “My Home Town” and “The Walker” much more than some of the up-tempo rockers. The utter calmness of these songs enforces a sense of peace with the world that totally jives with the current season of summer. “Rocket Attack” is the perfect soundtrack to a summer barbeque after a long day of work; “My Home Town” in particular is a great song to just chill to. Add that to the fact that pretty much every song is laced with memorable melodies and catchy hooks, and you’ve got one heck of a winner.

 

Even though the rockers can’t hold a candle to the ballads, most of them are still pretty damn good in their own right. “Eagle Free” has a soaring chorus that lives up to its name, while “Dance Mamma” comes off as a melange of INXS, ABBA, and some kind of Hair Metal. “Time Gives A Moment” features a piano that doubles the guitar, creating a neat sound. 

Sometimes, great Melodic Rock albums are found in unlikely places. Frontiers Records and MTM Music are the two Melodic Rock mainstays, and then all of sudden, Black Mark comes up with THE MAN FROM THE MOON. It’s a tad surprising, to say the least, but the surprise is one hundred percent good. If you’re looking for something a bit different and rawer than your typical airbrushed AOR release, give “Rocket Attack” a shot. It’s a very unique album, but at the same time it still delivers catchy hooks and unforgettable melodies; it’s a shining example of what should happen when one wishes to tackle a proven genre in a different way.

(Online July 22, 2008)

Mitchel Betsch



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