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Vega: Only Human
Vega - Only Human Music Review

Vega: Only Human

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
5.0/5.0

And then there were six. For their fifth studio album, Only Human, UK rockers Vega introduce new drummer Martin "Hutch" Hutchinson and add long serving live guitarist Mikey Kew as a regular member.

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Suffice to say, there's no need to second guess a new Vega album. It's another fine platter of AOR melodic hard rock. As vocalist Nick Workman has stated, "We wear our love of 80's rock music on our sleeves ... We aren't trying to rehash anything: the sound we have achieved is 100% Vega. We didn't want to try and guess what people expect and get it wrong." Sage words.

At this point, some songs should be mentioned. But if you want to skip my ramblings and head over to your favorite records store to pre-order the album, by all means, do so. You won't be disappointed.

Only Human kicks off with Let's Have Fun Tonight, a heavier rocker with a strong bass line. The following Worth Dying For is simply AOR melodic hard rock ear candy, thanks to a prominent and catchy chorus. Mess You Made rises with a sweet guitar line and tasty synths over a big beat from the rhythm section. The title cut, Only Human, is another AOR gem. A bit lighter texture, it still grooves well with a fine vocal arrangement and another memorable refrain. Fade Away returns to the heavier melodic rock that began with Let's Have Fun Tonight, yet not without emphasis on harmony, melody, and groove. Finishing the album, Go To War turns on a lively rhythm and groove from the bass and drums and another fine Workman vocal arrangement. Throughout, and as usual, Marcus Thurston delivers skillful and soaring guitar solos. The conclusion is simple: Vega has delivered another fine album of entertaining AOR melodic hard rock. But what else would you have expected? Easily recommended.



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The Bottom Line

The conclusion is simple: with Only Human, Vega has delivered another fine album of entertaining AOR melodic hard rock. But what else would you have expected? Easily recommended.

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