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on 15 December 2008
Steve's first solo album since the mid-seventies is a timely reminder of his stature as one of the best singers of his generation and if not for some real bad luck and a couple of career moves that deserved to work out better than they did, he might well be a household name the world over.

The album kicks off with the song he is best known for, 'Everlasting Love' and whilst it could be said to be his 'ball and chain' song, the one he can't escape from, on this version it's treated to a sensitive slow ballad re-working. The song has been covered by others many times over, but the chart topping version by Steve's band The Love Affair, still eclipses all others, including the Robert Knight original, it just has an enormous amount of energy, that others don't come close to, so in order not to mess with perfection, Steve's signature song is shown in a new light and works perfectly.
'Step Inside' is a modern take on a classic soul styled number written by Steve and original Love Affair guitarist Rex Brayley, which affords Steve the opportunity to flex his soul chops to great effect.
'Nu Clear Blues' is, unsurprisingly, a bluesy styled number with some nifty electric piano from Iain Dunnet and some fine old harp blowing from Roger Daltrey.
'Heaven's Word' is a funky bluesy number about a dream involving a conversation with 'the man upstairs' and his disappointment with how look after our planet. There's lots of brass and Hammond, in fact,very gospel sounding with a great soaring vocal, which we as fans always look for in a vocalist of this calibre and the man doesn't disappoint on this one.
'Best Of Days' is a fine song which basically says 'stop moaning and get on with life and enjoy it all, depsite what gets thrown at you'. I know what he means and I can go along with that sentiment.
All in all, this album is a wonderful return to the fray for Steve and one would hope that he continues to make more music. There is talk of an autobiography, which would be a fascinating read as Steve has had nothing less than an extraordinary life, that has had many ups and many downs along the way.
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on 10 December 2009
How does he do it?! Time and time again his amazing voice delivers great songs. Steve's unique voice that decades have not and cannot diminish is simply the best. This album has everything and more but don't take my word for it...listen to it...then you will.
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