Newman Primitive Soul Indie / Chrome Dome Music
· Produced By: Steve Newman

· Running Time: 58.58

· Release Date: Out Now

· Released:

· Musical Style: Melodic Rock

· Links: Newman
Songs: 90%
Sound: 90%
The ever reliable and always consistent Steve Newman returns with a brand new album, once again taking full control of proceedings by writing, recording and performing most of the music contained within this release.
And he takes it one step further by also releasing the album independently for the first time in his career.
Around all of this he has found the time to write another set of compelling and catchy British modeled melodic rock tunes that will instantly appeal to his long time fans and further promote the fact that he is a very fine talent within this scene.
Primitive Soul does two things which seem to contradict each other. He continues the songwriting style of the last couple of albums, but at the same time this album steps away from the production style of those records into a fresh direction.
That doesn't mean this is anything that Newman fans won't instantly recognize, it is merely a record with a different sonic approach.
I like what I hear too – this is a more organic, somewhat stripped down release with a less polished veneer and a more live in the studio feel. Quite a feat considering recording this live in the studio at the same would be a physical impossibility considering Steve plays guitar, bass and keyboards.
Joining him is the drummer from the last album Rob McEwen along with Mark Thompson-Smith on backing vocals and Mr. Everywhere, Tommy Denander guesting on the track Cold Day In Hell.
I didn't find this record as instant as the last couple of releases and at the end of the day I probably prefer those by a narrow margin, but that does mean there aren't some fresh classics delivered here.
Heading For Your Heart will again rate highly at the end of the year in the best song lists, with it's stabbing beat and classic melodic rock chorus.
15 Minute Revolution has a biting lyric and great message and the arrangement gives you something to continually go back and grow into.
Primitive Soul is quite sparse musically, very raw…but is nothing short of classic Newman and Still Can't Find The Words is a beautiful soft, acoustic driven ballad.
Last Flight continues the classic uptempo melodic rocking Newman style and completes a very fine first half of the album.
Highlights from the second half include the moody, but uptempo For The Man I Am; the Giant-esque groove of Cold Day In Hell; the amazing ballad The Rapture and the punchy rock of Give It All You Got.
As you can see – highlights are considerable as per usual and as expected from Newman.
The Bottom Line
I don't think there is as much emphasis on choruses for the second half of the record, which probably explains why I found this required extra listens before I got to know it. That said, the album reveals itself as yet another fine piece of British melodic rock performed by one of the most consistent artists of the last 5 years.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
· Newman
· One Step Closer
· Dance In The Fire
· Sign Of The Modern Times
· Heaven Knows
· Primitive Soul

Line Up:
· Steve Newman: Vocals, Bass, Guitars & Keyboards
· Rob McEwan: Drums

Essential For Fans Of:
· Newman
· British AOR
Track Listing
· Heading For Your Heart *
· 15 Minute Revolution *
· Primitive Soul *
· Still Can't Find The Words *
· Last Flight
· Falling Like Stone
· For The Man I Am
· Cold Day In Hell *
· I Get Torn
· Rapture
· Give It All You Got
· Mystery To Me

--*Best Tracks

22/07/08: João Custódio -
Rating: 70
Disappointing when compared with the last albuns. Sounds boring

06/09/07: andreZedd -
Rating: 95
One of the best Aor/Hard Rock album of the year, fantastic, superb, in songwriting, production .... Newman n.1

30/08/07: Al Williams -
Rating: 4
OK, I said when I reviewed the last album that the opener was the best opener on a Newman release since '99's One Step Closer. OK, he’s gone & one bettered it!!!
Heading For Your Heart starts with a soulful guitar intro, some people have compared this track & the intro to Giant’s Last Of The Runaways …., perhaps going so far as to say he’s ripped it off. I have to disagree, I own that release, I dug it out & played it again & again & I can’t see or say that it sounds like Steve has ripped off anything there. How many rock tracks start with some kind of soulful type guitar intro & then rip into the main track itself with some tasty licks …., who cares? There’s probably hundreds or more, what Newman has here is nothing short of a very tasty opener. ‘Nuff said!

15 Minute Revolution starts very differently from where it ends up & slowly builds with the story of how the media blows the big stories about crazy idiots like Saddam or the Waco Wacko(!) way out of proportion, whilst the individual with genuine life difficulties gets buried in the small print. “Jeannie’s got a gun gonna start a new revolution. Rebel with a cause just because she can blow him away. Moving like a cat on a rat across the constitution. Wooaoh dog has it’s day ….” Ain’t that the truth!

OK, here’s the area where I might say Mr. Newman got an influence from something else, title cut Primitive Soul – IMHO – kicks in like Van Halen’s Panama, even some of the accent’s in his lead work may may you think Eddie VH! It’s actually a great title track that I can’t get out of my head …, even after the whole album is done! Good job Steve, catchy hooklines, no question mate! Great guitar work throughout, punchy, edgy, yet he still keeps the basic song structures deeply melodic. Good production work Steve & vocally on this he’s still pushing himself.

Alright, it’s Newman ballad time folks, with Still Can’t Find The Words & the verse is almost reminding me of something that I can’t nail …, but in the chorus we hear, “Even though my heart is breaking, I still stand here hesitating, I know I know, I still can’t find the words.” – I want to sing, “I know I know, This much is true!” Yes, almost, but it’s not by a long way …., Spandau Ballet!
Last Flight misleads you with a very gentle intro, before totally rocking out with a huge hard rocking track!
Big sounds, guitars & big choruses, very edgy rock track & check out his solo on this …, awesome stuff!

This album features Steve playing pretty much all guitars – Except for a solo by Tommy Denander on Cold Day In Hell. – all lead vocals, keyboards – Except on Cold Day In Hell, which feature Dave Parr - & he shares the backing vocals with Mark Thompson-Smith (Ex Praying Mantis) & is nobly assisted otherwise on drums by Rob McEwen who also played on last album Heaven Knows.
Falling Like Stone still follows the AOR track, but has some interesting changes throughout it, but the vocals are really strong on this track.
Next track For The Man I Am has a very interesting keyboard driven atmospheric intro, which pops up through the verses also. Again, the choruses are vocally very strong indeed. Great harmony guitar solo on this track by the way!
Cold Day In Hell is next & I love the radio searching for something to listen to intro.
Steve Newman really seems to be pushing his vocals to raspy sounds in the verses here & this track is a slow, stomping, moody track again big the big chanting choruses. Guitar lead duties shared between Steve & Tommy Denander. Sweet!

Next track I Get Torn has very interesting rhythms to it’s intro & I’d go so far as to say it’s slightly reminiscent of a certain Judie Tzuke in Steve’s vocal phrasing in places, a little breathy but then the chorus is still big. This track may be a little different for Newman fans, but it shows another, bolder side to Steve’s work I think.
I think Rapture has the breathy / slight raspy vocals in places but musically I see it very Toto’ish here & there, even hint’s of Augeri period Journey power ballad album type track. Good stuff!
Give It All You’ve Got is here to get back on the rock track & is lyrically on track with Juke Box Hero about a young kid guitarist, musically it’s prime time Newman. Great hooklines, very tight, good catchy chorus, strong vocal lines & killer solo Steve!
Closer here is Mystery To Me, more of those breathy intro vocals & here & there leads into Strangeways territory & still Toto’ish in a lot of the music …. Very classy!

Not an out & out rocker to finish with, to leave you wanting more, perhaps running order on the last 2 tracks could’ve been changed & perhaps that killer closing touch to end on.
A pretty damn good album in my books all said & done & easily worth 4/5.

I seriously encourage those that have not yet checked Newman out to do so now!
It’s independent rock ventures like this that reek of “well done,” “Good job mate,” etc, etc, support these better acts folks,
otherwise there will be many bad also rans & people will be saying, whatever happen to Newman?
Ah, the people who love this music didn’t get behind the act, so he / she / they, gave up ….
It’ll sadly be our loss in the end. Keep on rockin’ Steve & all power to you for a seriously good release!

Al Williams

23/08/07: Ian -
Rating: 95
A killer hard rock / aor release and one everyone who read's this web site should have . Superb song's and easily Steve Newman's best songwriting to-date .

18/08/07: Franco -
Rating: 95
This is another huge album from Newman, i personally emailed him a while ago telling how how much i loved all songs especially LAST FLIGHT and CANT FIND THE WORD, RAPTURE. class album.

song by song (imho)

1. Heading For Your Heart

Thats a very good song and great way to kick off the album, the harmonies are big and bombastic but i have to admit the song can get slightly boring after a few times but after a few days you wanna hear it again and again :P

2. 15 Minute Revolution

this one is an excellent song, great lyrics, great music and perfect delivery.

3. Primitive Soul

This one is a love it or hate it song, to me it's a middle ground, a good song.

4. Still Cant Find The Words


5. Last Flight

Song of the year for me. winner!

6. Falling Like A Stone

This one is great, i love the mood changes in the song and the arrangement.

7. For The Man I Am

this one starts good but something feels lacking in the middle, im not too fond of the chorus honestly, but everything else is good.

8. Cold Day In Hell

my least favorite of the whole album, i skip it. too bad though
cause a few ideas are pretty good in the song it just doesnt work.

9. I Get Torn

awesome song, love it.

10. Rapture

my pick for 2nd best song of the year

11. Give It All you Got

another "skip" song, and my 2nd least fave of the album.

12. Mystery To Me

excellent song! and a great way to end the album.

well that's it, only 2 songs are not to my own personal taste and both are rock n roll without really having the magic touch of Newman i expected.

the rest of the album is Gold!

This album is a must get and i think 90% from the original reviewer is too low, at least 95%.

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