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Lonely Robot - The Big Dream album review

Album Review

With the ‘guest list’ down to just himself and powerhouse drummer Craig Blundell, John Mitchell’s solo side project still reaches for the stars

A lmost exactly a year ago, during an interview with Prog to promote a new release from Frost*, John Mitchell offered a cheeky progress report on the second album from his solo side project Lonely Robot. The presence of a plethora of special guests including Marillion’s Steve Hogarth, Nick Beggs, Kim Seviour, Heather Findlay, Peter Cox, Nik Kershaw and his Frost* bandmate Jem Godfrey had helped to make Lonely Robot’s debut Please Come Home a rip-roaring success, with many of those same names having backed him at both an album release party and a riotous Christmas appearance at the Scala in London’s King’s Cross.

So the message seemed to ring out loud, clear and unmistakable: Lonely Robot is an all-star project based around the Frost*, It Bites and Arena singer/guitarist and whichever buddies he might happen to have lurking in his Filofax.

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