September 9, 2020

The British singer, guitarist and songwriter Steve Newman formed the band Newman in 1997 as a melodic rock band with an emphasis on hook laden songs with precise and incisive lyrics. By my reckoning, Ignition would now be album number 15 (if you include the Decade compilation album from 2008 which included a disc of previously unreleased material and a re-recorded version of the debut release in 2014). Newman spends a large part of his time writing for other artists and it is now three years since his last album, Aerial, was released so Ignition is a long overdue album.

Well known and respected on the UK melodic rock circuit, Newman has recorded another perfect slab of AOR with sumptuous and well crafted songs and exemplary levels of musicianship. Newman has again played much of the instrumentation with all guitars and keyboards as well as vocals and long time band colleague Rob McEwan providing the drums. He has also called on the services of a couple of long time friends in Dave Bartlett and Mark Thompson-Smith to provide backing vocals.

If you like radio friendly melodic rock along the lines of Ten, Vega, Work Of Art and Shy then you will love this.