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Cats In Space: Atlantis
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Cats In Space: Atlantis

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
5.0/5.0

Arriving in 2015 with much pomp and circumstance, England's Cats In Space has been persuading, and sometimes overwhelming, the musical universe with their ambitious and grand melodic hard rock. But not just melodic hard rock. Across a catalog of several studio albums, Cats' music is combined with AOR accessibility, power pop punch, and more than a few hints of prog and symphonic rock. Now the space-bound flying furballs return with their fifth long-player Atlantis. The album arrives with new lead vocalist Damien Edwards from Jeff Wayne's War Of The Worlds.

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Now that we've totally given away the musical motif of Cats In Space (which long time fans already knew about), let's simply consider the album and a few songs. I don't want to call this review it an exercise in futility or repetition but, once more, everything about Atlantis is simply fandamntastic. Yet, their may be some subtle musical nuances of note.

For instance, songs such as Dive!, Spaceship Superstar, Revolution, and Queen Of The Neverland rock heavier with strong riffs, a thick rhythm section, and some speed. (But this is not uncommon for the Cats.) Those last two songs are quite energetic and determined. Alternatively, even with sharper riffs, Listen To the Radio turns more upon Cats' power pop rock. The same might be said for Sunday Best, a song with a fine vocal and piano line wrapped in plenty of pop rock bounce and groove. But there was something about the music and lyric that made the song feel like a 21st century Monkees tune. Contemplate that one. Perhaps something progish comes with Marionettes if only because of the juxtaposition of tempo and heaviness. An acoustic driven pop ballad arrives with Can't Wait Till Tomorrow, featuring a lingering synth layer and smooth bass line. I Fell Out Of Love With Rock n Roll, a rising anthem turns upon a strong combination of voice and piano, but then rises later to a bombastic crescendo with a large guitar solo. So then, it's signature Cats In Space. Our conclusion is simple: Cats In Space's Atlantis is another grand and entertaining album of their power pop packed AOR melodic hard rock. Easily and quite recommended.




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Our conclusion is simple: Cats In Space's Atlantis is another grand and entertaining album of their power pop packed AOR melodic hard rock. Easily and quite recommended.

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