The best new melodic rock albums you can buy this month
Dave Ling on the latest releases from Tyketto, Mecca, Angels Or Kings, Overland and Hardline
Tyketto - Reach
Tyketto have flitted in and out of existence for almost three decades. With them having been ‘let go’ by Geffen Records during the grunge meltdown and lived for too many years in the shadow of an iconic debut album, Don’t Come Easy, it’s tempting to say that the group’s window of opportunity came and went many moons ago. However, since a reunion in 2008 an Anglo-American incarnation of Tyketto is finally gaining some belated traction.
Angels Or Kings - Go Ask The Moon
Once minnows of the UK’s original melodic scene, Mancunian veterans Angels Or Kings reunited for a debut album, Kings Of Nowhere, that was rated by some as being among the best records of 2014. Continuing the good work, Go Ask The Moon sounds like it could have been made back in the mid-80s, were it not for the modern production. (6/10)
Overland - Contagious
Vocalist/guitarist Steve Overland is developing quite an admirable repertoire outside of his day job with the reunited FM. Naturally, this fourth solo album plays to its star’s biggest strength – a voice to die for – although despite considerable hook-enhanced appeal it’s parked a little bit on the bluesy side of FM’s most recent output. (7/10)