Life On Mars – Landing Soon

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Album Review by EDF

Do you remember the US group Heart from the 1980’s? Two rock chick sisters who were more or less famous for their big rock ballads. The 21st century now has an equivalent and I have to say that they look and sound a lot better than Heart ever did. These days there are not a lot of women who take to singing rock music anymore and it is a shame as the music market is just saturated by lame Dido wannabes. The sort of rock music that Life On Mars make is a nice change. Founder Linda Marso, a classically trained pianist along with lead vocalist Tracey Blue, who has the vocal cords of a goddess, together make the sort of grandiose music that Jim Steinman is famous for.

Due to this the songs do sound familiar to this reviewer and at times it is hard not to like what this group are doing. The songs are not the least bit cheesy as each one has their own charm. While the focus on Life On Mars are obviously the two women, the other musicians have had either some sort of musical training or have performed with other artists. As with most rock music, you can expect guitar solos to crop up at certain points of each song and thankfully these do not outstay their welcome. So there you have it – if big, dramatic rock ballads without the cheese is your sort of thing, you will enjoy Life On Mars.

5 stars