The Road (Mike + The Mechanics album)

The Road is the seventh studio album by Mike + The Mechanics, released in 2011 by Sony Music.[2] This was their first album to feature an entirely new lineup, retaining only Mike Rutherford .

The Road
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Studio album by
Released18 April 2011
Recorded2009–10
Studio
GenrePop rock
Length46:00
LabelArista, Sony
ProducerMike Rutherford, Christopher Neil, Graham Stack
Mike + The Mechanics chronology
Rewired
(2004)
The Road
(2011)
Let Me Fly
(2017)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[1]

Following the release of Rewired in 2004 and the supporting tour, the group stopped working. In 2009, rumours surfaced that Mike Rutherford had plans to resurrect the band and had begun working on a new album. It was reported that Andrew Roachford would become the new singer. Soon after, two other names were mentioned: Arno Carstens and Tim Howar. Early sessions produced the songs "Background Noise", "It Only Hurts for a While" and "Hunt You Down", with Carstens performing vocals.

The sessions continued through 2010. By the end of 2010, it was officially announced that Rutherford, Roachford and Howar had recorded a new Mechanics album. The rest of the band consisted of drummer Gary Wallis, guitarist Anthony Drennan and keyboard player Luke Juby.

The album was reissued in 2017 by the band's current label BMG (former owner of Arista).

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."The Road"Christopher Neil, Mike Rutherford, Martin SuttonNeil, Rutherford4:20
2."Reach Out (Touch the Sun)"Jamie Norton, Andrew Roachford, Rutherford, Benjamin WeaverRutherford, Graham Stack4:03
3."Try to Save Me"Neil, Roachford, RutherfordNeil, Rutherford3:47
4."Background Noise"Arno Carstens, Neil, RutherfordNeil, Rutherford4:15
5."I Don't Do Love"Tim Howar, Neil, Roachford, RutherfordNeil, Rutherford4:34
6."Heaven Doesn't Care"Neil, Rutherford, SuttonNeil, Rutherford3:37
7."It Only Hurts for a While"Carstens, Neil, RutherfordNeil, Rutherford4:09
8."Walking on Water"Norton, Roachford, Rutherford, WeaverRutherford, Stack3:41
9."Hunt You Down"Carstens, Neil, RutherfordNeil, Rutherford3:44
10."Oh No"Howar, Neil, RutherfordNeil, Rutherford4:17
11."You Can Be the Rock"Neil, Roachford, RutherfordNeil, Rutherford5:17
Total length:46:00

PersonnelEdit

Mike and The Mechanics

Additional personnel

  • Pete Adams – Hammond organ
  • Toby Chapman – keyboards
  • Jamie Norton – keyboards (2, 8)
  • George Hewlett – organ (9)
  • Martin Sutton – programming, electric guitars
  • Ben Robins – programming (3, 10)
  • Harry Rutherford – programming, backing noises, drums (4, 9)
  • Ben Weaver – electric guitars (2), bass guitar (8)
  • Jamie Moses – electric guitars (3)
  • Hugo Flower – guitars (9)
  • Arno Carstens – lead vocals (4, 7, 9), backing noises
  • Beverley Brown – backing vocals
  • Hazel Fernandez – backing vocals
  • Christopher Neil – backing vocals
  • Mary Pearce – backing vocals
  • Barrow Hills School Choir – backing vocals (6)

ProductionEdit

  • Produced by Christopher Neil and Mike Rutherford (tracks 1, 3-7, 9, 10 & 11).
  • Produced by Mike Rutherford and Graham Stack for Metrophonic Productions (tracks 2 & 8).
  • Engineered and mixed by Harry Rutherford – all tracks
  • Recorded at The Farm Studio (Chiddingford, Surrey).
  • Additional recording at Churchfield Studio (London) and Tree House Studios (Cape Town, South Africa).
  • Mastered by Dick Beetham at 360 Mastering (London).
  • Design – Greg Jakobek
  • Photography – Patrick "Paddy" Balls and Carsten Windhorst
  • Management – Tony Smith

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ O'Brien, Jon. "The Road review". Allmusic.
  2. ^ "Mike + The Mechanics – The Road (2011)" Genesis News Com. Retrieved 28 April 2011