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|MITCH MALLOY - Ceilings & Walls [remastered + bonus] (2013) |
MITCH MALLOY is remastering and releasing by himself all his catalog, some of them already presented on this blog. "Ceilings & Walls" was
his second album following the Melodic Rock bliss of the self-titled
Although the first CD sold well and managed to generate a couple of
mid-chart hits, his label sought to take him in a more adult
contemporary direction, so for "Ceilings & Walls" Malloy was paired
with producer Christopher Neil (Mike + The Mechanics, Marillion) to
obtain a more mainstream sound.
At the time of release, "Ceilings & Walls" was strongly criticized
by specialized media and MR fans for being too much 'light', mellower
than debut and profusely balladry oriented.
Now, listening to it in perspective, this is one of the best Mitch
Malloy albums ever, highlighting like no other his magnificent vocal
dexterity and awesome songwriting abilities.
Despite its laid down and organic feel, this is definitely a Melodic
Rock album with smooth sound provided by Neil who has wrapped these
songs with a stylized aura sometimes recalling Mike + The Mechanics, so
it's not strange he brought Mike Rutherford and Paul Carrack to
colaborate on a couple of tracks.
There's beautiful, touching songs in "Over My Shoulder", "How Fast
Forever Goes" and "Time Stands Still", while more uptempo numbers such
as "Say Whatever's On Your Heart" (a winner), "This Time" or "Where Love
Is No Stranger" recalls the debut.
Production is excellent, even more crisp with the remastering treatment by Malloy itself.
We have as bonuses all the brand new songs recorded and released by
Mitch Malloy this year: the melodic rockers "Dakota Kid" and "What A
Day", the midtempo "Breathless" and the edgy, melodic hard "It's Your
Love" very much in the Mr. Big style (check the video below).
The physical copies of "Ceilings & Walls" have been delayed, there
will be an official announcement when available at Malloy's website,
meanwhile you can get it digital at all major retailers.
Another very good effort by this criminally underrated singer /
songwriter, one of the best in the Melodic Rock scene if you ask me.
01 - This Time
02 - Ready To Go Home (feat. Paul Carrack)
03 - Tumbling Down
04 - Over My Shoulder
05 - How 'Bout Us
06 - Jessica
07 - Where Love Is No Stranger (feat. Mike Rutherford)
08 - How Fast Forever Goes
09 - Say Whatever's On Your Heart
10 - Time Stands Still
11 - Ceilings And Walls (feat. Bernie Leadon)
12 - What A Day [New Track 2013]
13 - It's Your Love [New Track 2013]
14 - Dakota Kid [New Track 2013]
15 - Breathless [New Track 2013]
Mitch Malloy - Vocals, Guitar
Steve Pigott - Drums, Bass, Keyboards
Tim Renwick - Guitar
Mike Rutherford - Guitar
Bob Halligan Jr - Guitar
Josh Leo - Guitar
Bernie Leadon (Eagles) - Guitar
Warren Hill - Sax
Mike Reid - Piano
Luis Jardim - Percussion
Paul Carrack (Mike + The Mechanics) - Vocals
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