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Paul Raymond Project: Terms & Conditions Apply

UFO man’s seventh solo album sticks close to his day job.

The only constant since PRP began in 1987 has been the presence of UFO keyboard player/guitarist Paul Raymond, who is clearly aiming this album unashamedly at fans of that band, its cover a Hipgnosis rip-off that also borrows from UFO’s logo.

But as illustrated by the three bonus cuts (demos written for UFO and reworked on their last two albums under different titles), Raymond is still a big part of that band. And even though his voice is no match for Phil Mogg’s, Raymond can carry a tune and make Deeper Shade Of Blue and Bright Lights sound like vintage UFO.

If that isn’t enough, Michael Schenker guests on a rocked-up cover of the Holland-Dozier-Holland classic Reach Out (I’ll Be There). Sadly, though, the epic soul grandeur of the Four Tops’ original has been crushed and no Metal Mickey solo could possibly save it. Elsewhere, much is only so-so, but the title-track offers wry reflections on the global financial crisis, where piano love ballad We Will Be Strong echoes Queen at their campest.

Freelance contributor to Classic Rock and several of its offshoots since 2006. In the 1980s he began a 15-year spell working for Kerrang! intially as a cub reviewer and later as Geoff Barton’s deputy and then pouring precious metal into test tubes as editor of its Special Projects division. Has spent quality time with Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Ritchie Blackmore, Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore – and also spent time in a maximum security prison alongside Love/Hate. Loves Rush. Aerosmith and beer. Will work for food.