Now Is Then, This Is NowLABEL:
1996COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: LINEUP:
Mark Spiro - vocals, keyboards, programming * Michael Thompson - guitars * Tim Pierce - guitarsTRACK LISTING:
01 All The Love We Kill * 02 English Channel * 03 Stay Young * 04 In The Dark * 05 Around You * 06 Wind On The Water * 07 Son With The Walking Shoes * 08 London Is Burning * 09 Dancing With Einstein * 10 Through My Eyes * 11 Light In The Darkness * 12 Mid Western Skies
Mark Spiro, perhaps one of the most gifted songwriters and performers on the AOR/melodic rock circuit today. He has appeared on many other artists albums, but who's major claim to fame is writing songs for others, helping them onto commercial success. Anyone who's heard some of Mark's earlier efforts such as 'Care Of My Soul' will have found them indifferent and perhaps 'off the wall'. No such comparison then when compared with this fantastic piece of AOR on the Swedish label West Coast 'Now Is Then Then Is Now'. This is how people should associate Spiro with this genre of music. Classic hooks and melting moments, topped off by some intelligence melded into the lyrics. The lineup assembled for the album is light, only hired guns Tim Pierce
and Michael Thompson
have been used, Spiro does the rest. A couple of the tracks are co-writes, such as 'English Channel' with John Waite
, 'Through My Eyes' with Dann Huff
, and 'London Is Burning' with Steve Kipner
The production is lush, ambient, and allows for the right instruments to come forward at the right moment during precedings. 'All The Love We Kill' is a great scene setter, and immediately dispels any thoughts to his 'Care Of My Soul' material. 'Stay Young' has some Toy Matinee
flavours while modern percussion drives through on the jazzy 'Around You'. 'Wind On The Water' could have easily slotted in the debut Giant
album with ease, I'm sure the Huff boys could've worked wonders with this one. I fell in love with the likes of 'In The Dark' and 'Light In The Darkness' such were their lushness, as too the effortless 'Midwestern Skies', the inspiration for our friends Par and Ola over at the website of the same name. Brilliant stuff.
Since this album, Mark has moved to the MTM label and released the equally fabulous albums 'Devotion' and 'Thats What Dreams Are Made Of'. A contender for 'AOR Hall Of Fame' me thinks.
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