Album review: CIRCA ZERO – Circus Hero

Circa Zero - Circus Hero

429 Records www.429records.com [Release date 31.03.14]

An interesting collaboration between former Police guitarist Andy Summers (who is now 71 years old yet looks just turned 60!) and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Rob Giles. Interestingly Summers says writing with Giles has been the most natural thing since he worked with Sting and judging by the music on here they have had a fruitful time in the studio.

It is a rewarding listen from the opener and lead tune the heavy pop rock of ‘Levitation’ through to the closing song ‘Hot Camel’, a slightly avant-garde tune. There are of course big hints of the Police, mainly in the guitar as you’d expect and none more so than on ‘Say Goodnight’.

‘Shoot Out The Stars’ is one of best songs I’ve heard this year. A glorious pop rock tune that you won’t stop humming even after just one listen. Get this one on radio pronto! ‘Underground’ sticks out after a first listen too with a clever use of harmony vocals and again the melody is very radio friendly.

A new partnership it maybe but they have certainly hit the ground running leaving the listener ready for the next installment. Until then enjoy this album and lets hope it gets lots of success.  ****

Review by Jason Ritchie


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