One of Britain?s top vocalists and frontman of Magnum,Bob Catley is here with his 5th solo album called Spirit Of Man and what an album it is. I am a huge fan of both Magnum and Bob?s solo albums and this new one will not disappoint his fans in any way, this is his best soloalbum to date. The previous album "When Empires Burn" was an outstanding album and I never thought that he would come up with an even stronger album but he has managed to do that. He has used 3 different songwriters and they have especially written for him,they are his longtime collaborator Vince O?Regan(Pulse) plus Dave Thompson and Paul Uttley both from Lost Weekend. These 3 have come up with a brilliant mixture of heavy rockers and heartfelt ballads. I think this new album is a bit heavier with more guitars but it has the same metal oriented sound as "When Empires Burn",I have to admit that a couple of the songs has lots of heavier Magnum feel over them.
There is plenty of great stuff on this album and the opener "Heart Of Stone" gives you a hint right away what you will experience with Spirit Of Man,this is a great up-tempo rocker with great riffs and melodies - the chorus will hook you up right away with classy hooklines. "Moment Of Truth" is filled with heavy guitar riffs and the chorus is catchy with great keyboards. "In The Name Of Cause" is another winner with strong melodies and Bob delivers some outstanding vocals on this one. "Blinded By A Lie" is filled with pompish keyboards and riffantastic guitars. This is a song that reminds a lot of Pulse at their best moments with a chorus that will catch your attention for sure. The ballad "Last Snow Of Winter" is about a loss of a dear friend, a very sad song were Bob sings with great deal of emotion. This is one of the songs that reminds a lot of Magnum.
The whole album holds a top-notch quality and never lets you down, every song has something to offer. The albums end with the almost 8 minutes long epic "End Of The Story" in a fine way. Bob gets older but his voice is still sounding awesome with both power and feeling. This is an album that won?t let you down and if you own his previous soloalbums then this is a must and I?m sure that even Magnum fans will enjoy this one. What a great new start of this new year of music Bob has given us.