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3.15 | 34 ratings | 3 reviews | 12% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Cry (5:13)
2. This Heart (4:03)
3. Everyday (6:34)
4. Still (4:02)
5. Dream About You (4:15)
6. Breath of Life (4:48)
7. After the Rain (4:03)
8. That Holy Touch (5:11)
9. Let Somebody In (4:19)
10. Face of an Enemy (3:47)
11. Just Like January (4:29)
12. Night After Night (7:55)

Bonus tracks on CD edition:
13. Flood (live) (6:29)
14. Backstreet Kid (live) (5:31)
15. We All Need to Be Loved (acoustic) (4:19)

Total Time: 74:58

Line-up / Musicians

- Bob Catley / lead vocals
- Tony Clarkin / guitars, backing vocals, drums (?), producer
- Mark Stanway / keyboards
- Al Barrow / bass, backing vocals
- Mickey Barker / drums - not confirmed

Releases information

Artwork: Al Barrow

CD Steamhammer ‎- SPV 085-72902 CD (2002, Germany) With 3 bonus tracks

2xLP Night Of The Vinyl Dead Records ‎- NIGHT 197 (2014, Italy)

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MAGNUM Breath Of Life ratings distribution

(34 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(18%)
Good, but non-essential (41%)
Collectors/fans only (24%)
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)

MAGNUM Breath Of Life reviews

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
3 stars Magnum is alive again

After a trio of rather weak albums released during the first half of the 90's, Magnum took a long break from recording. Following an eight year period of silence, Magnum released Breath Of Life early in the new millennium. This period away from the studio was probably just what the band needed to reassemble their powers and this album is clearly their best since Wings Of Heaven from 1988. It does not have standout tracks like Days Of No Trust, Wild Swan and Don't Wake The Lion from that album but Breath Of Life is a more consistent album overall. Like the 80's and 90's Magnum albums this too is melodic (Hard) Rock with only occasional and slight progressive tendencies. The style can perhaps be compared to Asia in the 90's.

The most important thing in melodic Rock is the melodies and this is where their 90's albums were lacking in my opinion. On Breath Of Life we finally have a set of strong melodic songs with some powerful choruses. And, most importantly, these songs take a while to sink in and are all the better for it. I don't like choruses that stick to you like bubblegum and are impossible to get rid of even long after you have grown tired of them. The lyrics are also better than on most previous albums with no obvious cringe worthy passages. There is not even one song with the word 'love' in the title this time! Another appealing aspect of the album is that there is a nice balance between ballads and rockers.

The distinctive vocals of Bob Catley is a large part of what makes the typical Magnum sound and his voice is as strong as it ever was here. We also have the usual good guitar work and a strong backing of keyboards, bass and drums. The whole band sound much more inspired here than they had done for a long time. As I said, the progressive aspects are present in the band's sound here but you have to look for it in the details; some short instrumental parts, some discrete twists and quirks in the songs, etc. This album requires several listens and it has a clear tendency to grown (on me anyway). Give this more than one listen.

Breath Of Life is one of Magnum's better albums, at least for a very long time. Surely this is not everyone's cup of tea, but for many Prog fans this can probably be enjoyable!

Latest members reviews

3 stars I do have a bit of problem with excepting this album as a prog-rock. It sometimes feel that some bands are done with prog as soon as the CD cover artwork is finished. Anyways, the overall impression is pretty good, although Magnum made same mistake as so many bands before (and after) did - putti ... (read more)

Report this review (#200284) | Posted by vens | Friday, January 23, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Quintesentially English band produce one of their strongest albums. Takes a few listens but a real grower which in my case at least means it will be listened to regularly ad infinitum. My 18 year old son also considers excellent, so much so that he went out and bought his own copy even though h ... (read more)

Report this review (#114609) | Posted by bobm | Thursday, March 8, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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