Friday, May 8, 2015
MICHAEL ARMSTRONG: "The Contented Man (These Halcyon Days)"
Label: Right Track Rec./Universal 2015
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
The second single from the forthcoming debut album by the up and coming U.K. artist Michael Armstrong follows the success of "The Radio Years", which garnered raving reviews across the board. "The Contended Man" (These Halcyon Days), reeks, speaks, or rather echoes? the West Coast and Rock era of the late seventies and early eighties. It's the fun song with a rather simple message of the person looking for happiness and tenderness, but with a smooth and excellent sound structure that could have you dreaming about better days?
Upbeat, uplifting, uptempo. It's summer fun piano rock with the saxophone solo and catchy refrain. Billy Joel, Leo Sayer, Elton John, merely some of the influences that first comes to mind. Armstrong's been performing at Queen's Jubilee Concert and are going out on tour with Leo Sayer this summer. His upcoming debut album (release date: 29th of June) feature guest musicians from bands such as Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, The Hollies, etc. I'll make sure to feature the album review here at RockUnited.com later. For now, check out music at the links or why not attend the album previews/showcase and performances at 5.30 PM, 28th May - Gallery Different. 14 Percy Street. London. The Cavern Club (Liverpool) at 7PM, 14 June.