FM - Atomic Generation album review

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FM - Atomic Generation

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FM - Atomic Generation

FM - Atomic Generation

1. Black Magic
2. Too Much of a Good Thing
3. Killed by Love
4. In It for the Money
5. Golden Days
6. Playing Tricks on Me
7. Make the Best of What You Got
8. Follow Your Heart
9. Do You Love Me Enough
10. Stronger
11. Love is the Law

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It would be easy for FM to coast, to make an acceptable album with little effort. But while there are others of their vintage who’d do exactly that, FM have risen to the challenge and made one of the best albums of their career. 

Moreover, they’ve done it by pushing themselves on all fronts. When they need a sumptuous approach, then it drips with richly smooth timbre, as on Golden Days and Too Much Of A Good Thing. When there’s a call for a funk rock groove, it’s conjured up with In It For The Money. And if it’s more of a Stevie Wonder vibe that’s required, they’ve got the answer with Playing Tricks On Me. Stronger has Mk II Deep Purple written right across its barrel-chested anthemic presentation, while Follow Your Heart wouldn’t sound out of place on an early Foreigner album. 

Everything here has been lovingly crafted for maximum melodic intent. This is a band with a sense of pride.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.