Mr. Big
Defying Gravity

01. Open Your Eyes
02. Defying Gravity
03. Everybody Needs a Little Trouble
04. Damn I'm In Love Again
05. Mean To Me
06. Nothing Bad (About Feeling Good)
07. Forever And Back
08. She's All Coming Back To Me Now
09. 1992
10. Nothing At All
11. Be Kind

Eric Martin - Vocals
Paul Gilbert - Guitar
Billy Sheehan- Bass
Pat Torpey- drums

Mr. Big (1989)
Lean Into It (1991)
Bump Ahead (1993)
Hey Man (1996)
Get Over It (2000)
Actual Size (2001)

What if... (2011)

... The Stories We Could Tell (2014)

Matt Starr - drums

Produced by Kevin Elson

Released 2017-07-21
Reviewed 2017-08-04



I love that artwork, the one on this new album by Mr. Big. It is an album defying gravity and it certainly look like a heavy weight of an album. But defying gravity could be that it flows back in your face when you throw it in the garbage, or try to flush it down the toilet – if that is what you want to do. And considering, that might actually not be such a bad idea, although fans of the band will probably have a different opinion. But to be honest I think this is a pretty dull album and that the cover art is the most memorable aspect of this album.

I could just copy-paste what I have written about the earlier albums I wrote about for Hallowed, their melodic rock is a middle-of-the-road solution that doesn’t stand out in any way. Sure they are skilled and there is some virtuosity going on, the vocalist is quite great as well and the same can be said about the production that is very solid. But they don’t stand out and their music is quite far from any kind of creative flow, and the album is very predictable and the songs we get to hear are the ones we could imagine even before hearing the album. There is no gravity defying genius anywhere in the music and I grow tired of the album before I have even played through it the first time – it is that unimaginative.

Yawn, is my lasting impression of what I hear on this album – that and the artwork. And when the artwork outclasses the music we get something that isn’t very exciting. Sure you don’t really need to be that original, dramatic, exciting or creative – but it helps, it helps a lot and there is nothing of that in this album. And in the end I think that it is a rather dull album really, I cannot say that it grabs me in any sense of the way – I may not want to flush it down the toilet, and it is not bad but it isn’t very good either. I always want a sense of novelty when I listen to a new album and this album has none of that and I think my lack of enthusiasm and interest for the album is down to this lack of novelty.

It is a solid effort for their fans but I think there are much more interesting alternatives among this year’s releases for the rest of us. Not really an album I would spend any of my hard earned money on.



Label: Frontiers Music
Three similar bands: Eric Martin Band/Vega/W.E.T.
Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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