It’s time the world woke up to VEGA. When I heard the huge riff of Let’s Have Fun Tonight, opening track of the brand new album Only Human, I knew that the British melodic rockers were back, and better than ever.Following up their hugely popular 2016 release, Who We Are, this record has the classic VEGA sound, but is a touch tougher sounding, but still offers plenty of light and shade with classy ballads, AOR, and tracks that really rock.The album was self-produced with Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) again mixing and mastering, and the results are stunning. Pairing this with the formidable writing of brothers Tom and James Martin and Nick Workman, the band has created an album that will please fans and surely convert others.
What do VEGA sound like? Well it’s not quite Take That with guitars, they’re more Def Leppard jamming with Muse, but however you describe them VEGA pour great dollops of melody into every song.The catchy title track is a favourite of mine with a trademark classy verse, before exploding into an uplifting chorus that you just can’t resist singing along to. Second single Worth Dying For is another highlight, with huge sounding guitars from Marcus Thurston and MyKey Kew. Ballad Turning Pages is excellent too, with Nick Workman delivering some astounding vocals (as he does throughout the album). Rhythm is driven by Tom Martin’s bass (pleasingly, more prominent on this album) which fits well with new drummer Hutch’s meaty playing.
I would say that compared to previous VEGA albums, Only Human has more depth and it perhaps needs a couple of listens to really peel back the layers, but once you do, you’ll be hooked! More great work from one of Britain’s best melodic rock bands, and a release of which VEGA should be proud. Marvellous.
Only Human is released on Frontiers Music, May 11.
You can catch the guys on tour in the UK this summer. Tix and details here
Album: Only Human
Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Frontiers Music Srl.
Release Date: May 11, 2018
Reviewed by: Madz Lenthall