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Rococo: Losing Ground

Rococo were originally a London based rock band having formed in the '70s. They released a couple of albums before disbanding. I am sure fans of the band were delighted when they reformed and released a couple of albums in 2010 and 2011. Well, the band is back with a brand new album titled Losing Ground. Performing here are Ian Raines (lead vocals), Roy Shipston (keyboards), Clive Edwards (drums, percussion), Tym Scopes (guitar) and James Fox (bass).

Although I can't comment on their other discs I do not consider the new one very progressive but that is okay. There are some proggy bits here and there like the album ending "Baby J" with just vocals and huge symphonic swells of keyboards, but mostly this is '70s flavoured rock very well done and tastefully played. There are some jazzy overtones throughout and I was reminded of Steely Dan a couple of times, especially the smooth and funky ""Motel Gipsy" and the catchy "Street Boy" which also recalled the Atlanta Rhythm Section. The bluesy hard rock of "Cold Turkey" and the tasty instrumental "Air2Air", with its funky jazzed up approach are other notables.

I would be remiss not to mention the lead vocals of Ian Raines. He has a great voice that perfectly suits the band's AOR roots. His clear and melodic tone is certainly worth hearing.

If you want a prog album you just aren't going to get it with Losing Ground. What you will get is retro sounding mostly mid-tempo rock that is catchy, classy and just easy to listen to. For a melodic rock album this one is a keeper.

Track Listing:
1. Losing Ground
2. Manhattan Horns
3. Blue Movie Star
4. Night Drivin'
5. Motel Gipsy
6. Street Boy
7. Cold Turkey
8. City Life
9. Air2Air
10. Baby J

Added: October 6th 2014
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Label's Official Site
Hits: 1270
Language: english

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