(7/10) I can remember when I heard FM's "Tough it out" in 1989 (OMG; I'm getting older). It was a time when UK bands like Gun and Shy have pushed British AOR to a small peak before grunge took and marked the end of this era. FM belonged to this group of bands as well - having had their peak and disbanded in 1997. The reunion too place in 2007, followed by new records.
To be honest I lost a bit sight of the band after "Takin' it to the street". The more I was surprised when I heard "Digging up the dirt" - the first published song from "Heroes and villains". This song rock very hard. This isn't the AOR I was used to from FM. This is much better. It almost feels like the band felt into a fountain of youth. And there are a few more songs on "Heroes and villians" that follows the same pattern. "Big brother" is one of those and sounds a bit like Magnum. Not a bad cross reference, I think. Another track that is worth a note is "Somedays I only wanna rock and roll" - a grooving rocker that gives the impression that FM have listened a bit too much to Great White records. All this tunes sound great but aren't the FM typical AOR at all. Actually I think this fits to the band much better, since they have more heart and soul.
However, there are the more well-known FM sounds too. "You're the best thing about me" is one of those and also "Call on me" is belonging to this group. But if I have to compare those numbers with the before mentioned ones I must say that they sound nice, but not cool.
"Heroes and villians" is a longplayer that is over long distance fresh and rocking. The band has reinvented themselves in certain parts and the result is an excellent summer soundtrack.
- Digging up the dirt
- You're the best thing about me
- Life is a highway
- Fire and rain
- Call on me
- Cold hearted
- Shape I'm n
- Big brother
- Somedays I only wanna rock and roll
- I want you
- Walking with agels
Label: Frontiers Records