When Rockville was released, I thought it was excellent melodic rock, extremely well crafted and executed from a top band. FM are at the top of there game right now, but I must admit I wasn't expecting the same level of performance with Rockville 2 as I assumed that most songs on it would be makeweights. However to my surprise, although I probably should have guessed that FM have produced an equally good if not better album than Rockville. It is superb full of radio friendly and powerful tunes with catchy lyrics with a story to tell. Why oh why haven't FM made it big, it is what they deserve!
Another solid collection of tunes from a truly great British rock band who are riding high on their current (and most welcome) renaissance - a peek at their website (fmofficial.com) shows them to be busy boys. And deservedly so!
Personally, highlights include "High" (sounds fresh and an instant singalong classic); "Brother Take Me Home" and closing track "Last Chance Saloon" are country-inflected delights.
The now-traditional FM instrumental comes in the chunky, driving beat of "Desolation Station".
Got Rockville or indeed any other FM album? You need this in your life!
This is the second FM album I have owned, having bought Rockville at the same time and listened to it for a couple of days before Rockville II arrived. I really enjoyed Rockville and so expected RVII to have at least some fillers or different versions of RV tracks. It is honestly quality and enjoyable all the way through, which is all the more surprising given the number of tracks on it. Some are less catchy and anthemic than others but they all have some great demonstrations of music talent in them and I wouldn't call any fillers. I expect FM fans will be delighted with this album, and if you're new to FM, and/or you liked Rockville, you will like this album. Good fun listening, unusually positive vibe to all the tracks. It sounds like FM are having fun and aren't interested in manufacturing some angst to tick stereotypical song theme boxes.
..as good as or probably even better than Rockville. Certainly 'Last chance Saloon' is the BEST song from the gems available on either album. Only track I don't like unreservedly is 'Bad Addiction' which is basically a poor man's 'Bad Medicine' - you can even sing that song's chorus to this, what were you thinking guys?! Otherwise entirely outstanding.
This is great album of songs that I can only assume were not considered quite good enough to grace the Rockville album released a few weeks earlier. Nonetheless the songs on Rockville II are still top notch and of good quality. Another fine album from the British melodic rock stalwarts. High recommended.