Vega - Who We Are album review

UK hopefuls persist with a winning formula.

Vega Who We Are album cover

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After making slow yet steady progress over the previous few years, in 2014 these Brits were taken under the wing of Joe Elliott who invited them to support his Down ’N’ Outz and supplied a track for their third album, Stereo Messiah.

Recently seen on a lengthy tour with Magnum, the band’s upward arc continues with Who We Are, produced by Harry Hess of the Canadian rock act Harem Scarem. Hess has enhanced the things that Vega do so well: glossy, pop-driven nuggets with addictive hooks are just about everywhere, though he reins in their so-called ‘shred king’, Marcus Thurston, keeping the guitarist’s contributions short and tasteful.

The material, however, is to Vega’s usual high standard. Already stage favourites, Explode, Every Little Monster and Saving Grace all qualify as AOR in the loosest sense possible, crackling with a crisp mix of fist-in-the-air dynamics and modern rock’s sleek immediacy.

Dave Ling

Dave Ling was a co-founder of Classic Rock magazine. His words have appeared in a variety of music publications, including RAW, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog, Rock Candy, Fireworks and Sounds. Dave’s life was shaped in 1974 through the purchase of a copy of Sweet’s album ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, along with early gig experiences from Status Quo, Rush, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Yes and Queen. As a lifelong season ticket holder of Crystal Palace FC, he is completely incapable of uttering the word ‘Br***ton’.