Rocha – Unum
(Raging Planet – 2017)
A project album from Portugal that comes from a guy called Rui Rocha who provides us with 9 middle of the road songs, which are all co-written and concerned with finding love, having love or experiencing heartbreak who also plays keyboards too.
It's poppy laid back and kinda Lighthouse Family like – the sort of stuff Steve Right will play on his weekday afternoon show on BBC Radio 2. Some also reminds me of artists like Michael Bolton, Curtis Stigers and AOR bands like Chicago, Bread and maybe a bit of Toto too.
The vocalist on the album is Jeff Pescetto who has worked with Mick Jagger, Michael Bolton, Starship and David Foster. Other guests on the album include Keyboardist, Jeff Lorber, Drummers like Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta and Marco Minnemann; Guitarists such as Michael Landau & Jeff Paris and backing vocalists of 80's Rock excellence in Dan Reed and Terry Illous to name but a few on this release. Very much a who's who in music to say the least.
Then take into account it's been produced by the legendary Keith Olsen (Ozzy Osbourne, ELP and Foreigner for starters & mastered by Brian Foraker (Yes, Nightranger, Heart...) on an album that songwise features some real nice tracks spread over what is just under 44 mins of playing. Highlights include the opening 'Lies'; Another Heartbreak'; Stop Bringing Me Down' and the closing 'Hold On You' that will have you either grabbing the hankerchief or screaming with pure joy.
A marvellous and luscious release that is a real, fresh change to typical rock and metal you get used to.
By Glenn Milligan