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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must have for everyone.
Having listened to Arena and not been too impressed I was surprised to find that John Mitchell had gone it alone, only he hadn't. He is still a member of Arena but, having played this CD, I feel that he should stick to what he does best and his best is deffinitely this album. It rocks but never rolls and for sheer quality the song 'Immaculate' stands head and shoulders...
Published on 29 Mar 2001 by Adrian Dungey

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3.0 out of 5 stars See the light with Arena guitar maestro
'Neon is ostensibly a solo outing by prog-rockers Arena's guitarist John Mitchell. Except that this is not a typical solo album of self-indulgent 'samey' tracks that highlight the artist's instrument. There is a diversity of styles and sounds on'Neon' which probably stem from the four years and differing line-ups that the album was in the making. This mixture ranges from...
Published on 30 Sep 2000 by martin.hayes@ntlworld.com


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars See the light with Arena guitar maestro, 30 Sep 2000
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'Neon is ostensibly a solo outing by prog-rockers Arena's guitarist John Mitchell. Except that this is not a typical solo album of self-indulgent 'samey' tracks that highlight the artist's instrument. There is a diversity of styles and sounds on'Neon' which probably stem from the four years and differing line-ups that the album was in the making. This mixture ranges from the power-pop of 'Mary Jane' to the almost Radiohead-like 'Staring At The Sun'. Occasionally, this can jar, although there are enough excellent songs on 'Neon' for this to be a minor quibble, and the overall emphasis is firmly on 'rock' as opposed to 'prog'. Songs like 'Mary Jane' and 'Fading Out' can rock with the best of them, while title-track 'Neon' is almost a mini-'Stairway To Heaven' And if the album's stand-out cut the majestic 'Immaculate', and its shimmering guitar motif that hooks you immediately does not make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, then there is something amiss with the grey stuff between your ears. Whether The Urbane can follow this up is doubtful, as Mitchell's day job is with Arena, which is presumably where his time and commitments lie. But 'Neon' does highlight what an unsung talent the man is, and is another adventurous offering from the Verglas label.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must have for everyone., 29 Mar 2001
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Having listened to Arena and not been too impressed I was surprised to find that John Mitchell had gone it alone, only he hadn't. He is still a member of Arena but, having played this CD, I feel that he should stick to what he does best and his best is deffinitely this album. It rocks but never rolls and for sheer quality the song 'Immaculate' stands head and shoulders above anything I have heard in a long time. Buy it, play it, lend it to your mates and when they won't give it back, buy another copy for their birthday. This is a must have!!
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