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Ken Hensley


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2.66 | 9 ratings

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2 stars This album is more on the rocking side than usual. Of course, there will be some nice ballads (like the title track, although its country style is not my cup of tea or the well named "Romance"), but the overall mood is radio friendly, AOR oriented (too much to my taste: "Inside The Mystery", "When").

It is one of the most commercial album from the great man, and I have to admit that it is not the facet I prefer. Vocals are well performed (as usual). For those who are discovering his solo career, this might well be a surprise; but Ken proved for a long time now that he was quite a good singer (and not only doing some backings as while he was in the Heep).

Most songs are shortly formatted and sounds more as pop-rock tunes ("Longer Shadows" which is one of my faves). Still, none of them are weak (except "Secret" probably), even if not great either. I guess that, by now, it is difficult to surprise his fans. It's have been quite a ride since the early days and Ken hasn't anything to prove any longer. His albums are dedicated to devoted fans and there is little room for revolution.

Upbeat rock for "Brown Eyed Boy" is quite alright, but again, the AOR-ish style is not the best way I can appreciate the artist. At the end of the day, there aren't enough good songs featured on this "Cold Autumn Sunday" to get the third star from me. Five out of ten. Average.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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