|Mark Spiro Mighty Blue Ocean||Atenzia Records|
I had no idea that Mark Spiro has spent the best part of the last couple of years battling cancer. As he says himself within the lyrics of Band Of Angels – he is one of the lucky ones. I love albums which deal with personal topics and show the raw angst and emotion that is life.|
Artists such as John Waite and Rick Springfield are masters of wrapping their emotions at the time in music and taking the listener on that journey with them.
Add Mark Spiro to that list. It seems a contradiction in terms that anyone should benefit from any other persons misfortune, but Spiro turns the life altering challenge of battling a potentially fatal illness into one of his best albums to date and gives fans a record to treasure.
All songs and all the music within was crafted and recorded by Spiro in a frank and honest setting – both lyrically and musically.
The album has that one man band feel to it, but under the circumstances that matches the mood and vibe perfectly.
Spiro's lyrics have always told a story, but the 11 tracks of Mighty Blue Ocean depict a man battling the odds and coming out the other side. It's an emotional journey – at times joyous and uplifting, at other times more introspective as Spiro reflects over his life.
You just don't get better than the uplifting pop anthem Mighty Blue Ocean, or the guitar and piano driven melodic rock of the reflective When She Cries.
Another highlight is the moody Band Of Angels, which deals both with the time of being diagnosed as well as the time of the all-clear.
The acoustic The Beautiful One is as good a ballad as Spiro can write and the uptempo Bits And Pieces is classic AOR.
Perfect Wave may be a little soft, but is sonically perfect and is a little more lush than the often musically sparse record.
The feel good uptempo pop of My Velocity and The Life That I Live closes the album perfectly.
But what it lacks sonically it makes up for ten fold in heart and soul. This is how you write lyrics folks. Credit to Spiro for being so open and forthcoming, He may be one of the lucky ones, but with this record now available, so are his fans.
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