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Catchy melodic rock,
This review is from: U Catastrophe (Audio CD)
Simon Collins's U-Catastrophe is a well produced album of catchy melodic rock. Simon shows the kind of flair for catchy hooks that earned his famous dad, Phil Collins, a fair few million dollars with a series of best-selling albums in the 1980s, but Simon's music is rockier and more to my taste. U-Catastrophe is a commercial-sounding album, easy to like on a first hearing.
The album's opening is explosive, "U-Catastrophe" being the kind of pacey, melodic and very catchy tune that puts a smile on my face. Having got you on the hook, Simon follows up with a series of up-tempo rocky numbers that rarely let the pace fade until you get to "The Good Son", the album's sixth track. It's a blistering opening, mixing autobiographical songs with the environmental protest of "Disappearing". Simon plays drums (of course...), rather well it has to be said, as well as keyboards, the occasional guitar part and the lead vocal. His voice is good and strong; it's a good rock singer's voice and it suits this style of music.
"Unconditional", one of two slowish numbers, has a gorgeous melody and is very catchy, as is "Us (Love Transcends)", a pretty love song based on beautiful piano phrasing.
These two slower numbers are well integrated into the album's overall rocky feel. For instance, the slowish "Unconditional" is followed by a powerful instrumental number based on some cracking drum playing - add some attractive rock guitar phrasing and you have a really effective rock instrumental.
Overall, then, a strong album of catchy, well-produced and played melodic rock that has the potential to sell well.