Sunday, 16 August 2009
Cooper - Magic Rocks Review
Magic Rocks by Cooper is the debut album with 9 hard rocking songs with fantastic hooks, crystal clear production and excellent playing by highly talented musicians. It's a short album, nine tracks lasting less than half an hour, and including three instrumental pieces. Old Man is a gentle, ethereal piece, featuring some good guitar harmonising and a bit of acoustic thrown in for good measure. Drummer's Paradise is exactly what you would expect: a chance for Paul Cooper to show off his skills, which are considerable. It leads straight into the closer, Time's Up, which features a good dose of heavy bass and shredding. Anthony Ristovski's guitars are superb throughout the entire album but the vocals just dont really do it for me, again thats my personal taste, and Im not saying theres anything wrong here, just Im not feeling it!
Magic Rocks is technically excellent in both performances and production, but I feel that it falls down slightly by being that bit too polished, too focused on the perfection of the overall sound and lacking a litle in the passion department.
If you're a prog rock fan you should check Cooper out. Again not really my kinda thing but I can appreciate the talent on dispaly here!