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FM – Tough It Out [1989]

Finally re-issued is “Tough it out”, the second studio album by leading British AOR/melodic rock band “FM” originally released in 1989. Both “Tough it out” and its predecessor “Indiscreet” have been just released by “Rock Candry” records both featuring re-mastered versions of the original albums plus extra tracks.

“Tough it out” in particular features the original 11-track album plus four additional songs along with an extended version. In retrospect “Tough it out” proved a huge leap ahead for the band artistically. Not so much in terms of songwriting (as “FM” offered first class AOR from day one) but in terms of arrangements. There is an essence of extravaganza that emanates from “Tough it out” be it the much heavier distorted guitars, the bigger drumming or the intense vocal performances, the second “FM” album finds the band turning everything to eleven while retaining the same great songwriting of their debut.

The line up also remained unchanged since their debut featuring singer-mastermind Steve Overland, guitarist Chris Overland, bassist Merv Goldsworthy, drummer Pete Jupp and keyboardist Didge Digital. From the infectious chorus of the opening title-track you known you are into the best `80s rock feast you probably missed upon its release, followed by the superb “Bad Luck”, the hit “Someday you’ll come running”, “Burning my heart down” and “The Dream that Died”. Overall the “Rock Candy” reissue does perfect justice to a gem of a rock album of the late `80s that should never have gone out of print.

Band Members
Chris Overland – Lead Guitar
Didge Digital – Keyboards
Merv Goldsworthy – Bass, Backing Vocals
Pete Jupp – Drums, Backing Vocals
Steve Overland – Lead Vocals, Guitar

01. Tough It Out
02. Don’t Stop
03. Bad Luck
04. Someday
05. Everytime I Think Of You
06. Burning My Heart Down
07. Dream That Died
08. Obsession
09. Can You Hear Me Calling?
10. Does It Feel Like Love
11. Feels So Good

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