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Mr. Big – Defying Gravity [2017]

American rock survivors Mr Big return with their new album Defying Gravity proving they are still rocking out in fine form after all these years. Recorded in just under a week and produced by Kevin Elson who did their first few albums back in the day, Defying Gravity is a fun album with a few nostalgic moments including the opening spoken “We’re Rolling” in addition to some quirky moments that keep things interesting.

The performances by each band member are all great and Eric Martin still delivers those beautiful vocals but the musical virtuosity is certainly a lot more tame compared to previous albums. I have to mention a slight negative point for me was that the mixing sounds a little muffled compared to the best recordings available today. This may have been due to the quick process of recording or it may be intentional but either way it could have been improved to make the music sparkle more. Highlights include the opening track “Open Your Eyes” which starts things off with a big bluesy groove, the awesome guitar hooks in “Defying Gravity”, the excellent acoustic ballad “Damn I’m In Love Again” which features a great vocal hook, the unique guitar riff and memorable chorus of “Mean To Me”, and the classic Mr Big sound of power ballad “Forever And Back”.

The Japanese edition includes a radio edit of “Defying Gravity” which has a crisper mix that I would have loved throughout the album. Despite the fact that there are a couple of clunkers on an album that’s much stronger in the first half of the set, Defying Gravity should still satisfy fans of the band without setting the world on fire.

Band Members
Eric Martin – Vocals
Paul Gilbert – Guitar, vocals
Billy Sheehan – Bass, vocals
Pat Torpey – Drums, vocals
Matt Starr – Drums, vocals

Tracks
01. Open Your Eyes
02. Defying Gravity
03. Everybody Needs a Little Trouble
04. Damn I’m In Love Again
05. Mean to Me
06. Nothing Bad (About Feeling Good)
07. Forever and Back
08. She’s All Coming Back to Me Now
09. 1992
10. Nothing At All
11. Be Kind

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