Under Attack by The Alarm (EMI)
Reviewed By Steve Rudd
As with every song on every past Alarm album, every single one is a trail-blazing anthem.
Welshman Mike Peters is, always has been, and always will be the voice of The Alarm.
And what a soul-powered voice he has got, as opening tune Superchannel takes up
where the previous Alarm long-player - In The Poppyfields - left off.
Here we have thirteen tracks in total that rack up to almost fifty minutes of
quality playing-time, and Mike really does sound better than ever.
Ok, so the rest of the band that backs Mike isn't comprised of the original
members of The Alarm, but the spirit of the band remains - so long as
Mike is chairing affairs, that is. Mike's songs are always uplifting and
positive, as Without A Fight proves beyond a doubt, with Mike heartily
declaring I will carry on - I'm not ready to fall.
After twenty-five years in the business, Mike is busier than ever.
In fact, he has to be one of the most prolific songwriters in the UK, and
he's forever hitting the road on promotional tours, with his music being
hugely popular in the USA too.
As well as fronting The Alarm, he has in recent years also featured in the
Dead Men Walking supergroup project that has seen him take to the stage
alongside fellow singers and musicians such as Spear of Destiny's
Kirk Brandon and ex-Sex Pistol bassist Glen Matlock.
Oh, and Mike has also managed to forge a distinguished solo career...
in his spare time!
The highlight of the year for many Mike Peters/ Alarm fans has to be The Gathering
event that he organises in Llandudno, which is essentially a full weekend devoted
to him singing as many songs as he possibly can. Mike hails from just down the road
in North Wales at Rhyl, and he touches on the pride he feels for the immediate
area in his new song My Town.
Elsewhere on Under Attack, the love-orientated It's Alright/ It's OK is a
soft-rock anthem that couldn't really be any more commercial if it tried,
and yet Be Still somehow unleashes an even more sublime chorus as if by magic.
The stunning melodies and harmonies literally come thick and fast, with the
zestful punk-rock, Clash-esque swagger of Cease And Desist hurtling headlong
into the breathtaking Zero, which is one of the coolest fist-in-the-air,
Something's Got To Give somehow sounds almost more like U2 than even
Bono and his boys do themselves, with the huge rock sound being dominated by the guitars.
Still, closing tune This Is The Way We Are provides perhaps the definitive
lighter-in-the-air moment of this release, as a familiar (to loyal Alarmists)
finger-picked melody proceeds to give way to an epic masterpiece that witnesses
Mike passionately singing straight from the heart. Look for me in the eyes of a
child he begs. Look and listen indeed - and you surely won't be in any way disappointed.
An exhilarating wealth of vibrancy ensures that Under Attack might just be
THE melodic soft-rock album of the year. Hopefully with this release, though,
Mike won't have to rely on crafty gimmicks to sell this record en-masse (remember
if you will how a great many people were duped into buying into the single success
of 45 RPM)
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