Circa Zero Circ us Hero

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This is the most ex­cit­ing out­ing from Sum­mers since those heady Po­lice days, and I Ad­vance Masked, his 1982 al­bum with Robert Fripp. Here Andy has teamed up with the multi-tal­ented Rob Giles, from The Res­cues, and it’s hard to see how the pair­ing could have been bet­tered. While Andy sticks firmly to gui­tar, Rob han­dles ev­ery­thing else; but with a gen­er­ous 13 tracks there’s op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore lots of mu­si­cal av­enues to­gether. From beau­ti­fully ex­pan­sive sounds on Sum­mer Lies, a blis­ter­ing solo on Un­der­wa­ter and the steady beat of When­ever You Hear The Rain, there’s never a dull mo­ment. Var­i­ous tracks would make great sin­gles too, like The Story Ends Here. Say Good­night in­cludes some strangely re­ward­ing Sum­mers gui­tar stabs, but gen­er­ally there is lit­tle here to re­mind you of The Po­lice. Andy is play­ing great, and so al­though this is mu­sic of to­day it’s roots are firmly into pop-rock and it’s all in­cred­i­bly commercial. Now joined by drum­mer Em­manuelle Ca­palette, Circa Zero are a fully func­tional work­ing band.

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