AOR Heaven 2015
"The Elegance Machine" is exactly the stuff AOR/Melodic-freaks are waiting for. You've got plenty of brilliant melodies, mighty keyboards all over the place and songs which are nothing but right on the spot. The tenth album by now kicks off with "The Suit (Skyscrapers)", an epic sounding track with lots of groove dealing with greed in modern economy. Despite all types of arrangements and sounds crucial to the melodic genre, also the following material mostly deals with serious topics like human space exploration ("Prayer For Apollo"), dealing with and overcoming loss ("Scars") or even domestic violence ("She Walks In Silence"). You won't find the love, sex and drugs cliches in Steve Newman's lyrics. Musically, most of the material is definitely classic Aor/Melodic Rock, nevertheless here and there Mr. Newman proves to be able to incorporate slices of contemporary sounds without betraying the genre lovers ("Halo" or "The Elegance Machine"). NEWMAN delivers!