What does it sound like?:
Space Elevator is a new name to me, but they were formed four years ago by guitarist David Young, who played in the We Will Rock You band in the West End musical. His guitar, unsurprisingly quite Brian May influenced, is the thing that first hits you about the band’s sound, along with the distinctive vocalist, a lady who goes by the name of The Duchess, and who seems to channel Freddie Mercury and Kate Bush in equal measure.
This is, as the title suggests, the band’s second album, and it follows a natural progression from their debut effort, which I’ve also just heard for the first time. The most obvious comparisons are Queen and maybe The Darkness, but with a more AOR based feel to the songs. Indeed, some of them have a definite feel of something you’d hear from the stage of a West End show, which is perhaps not surprising given the background of the musicians involved. There’s some excellent playing, keen harmonies and versatile vocals. The band have tried to mix harder edged material with lighter, more commercial songs, although personally I preferred the rockier tunes to the more poppy efforts, which were a little too sweet for my taste,
What does it all *mean*?
Overall then, this is one that’s worth a listen if you’ve not heard the band before. It will be interesting to hear where they go from here.
Goes well with…
Queen, Kate Bush, Tears For Fears, poppier end of Genesis.
Might suit people who like…
AOR, catchy, melodic rock.