Rob Mancini - 2011 - Rock 'n' roll circus
Carnival Of Fools
Rock 'N' Roll Circus
Edge Of A Broken Heart
Everytime You Cry
Running Up That Hill
Lay Down The Law
Weak As I Am
Stranger In Paradise
Too Late To Die
United We Stand
Time Stops For No One But You
Edge Of A Broken Heart (Radio Mix)
After almost a decade of recording abstinence, German-Italian born rock musician and producer Rob Mancini is back on track with a new album, "Rock 'N' Roll Circus".
Rob played extensively on the international rock circuit in the mid 90's as a member of the renowned german band Hotwire and swiss act Crush, recording several albums and
sharing the stage with artists such as Victory, Thunderhead, Dare,..... before moving to Ireland in 2001 to work as studio and session musician.
"Rock 'N' Roll Circus" was composed, produced and almost entirely performed by Mancini itself, with a little help from some local colleagues.
The album opens with the instrumental "Carnival Of Fools" as intro for the title track "Rock 'N' Roll Circus", which is an uptempo modern rocker with straight guitars.
"Edge Of A Broken Heart" is a really good european melodic rocker build around mid-tempo verses and then explodes into a catchy chorus with plenty of keyboards.
"Everytime You Cry" is a mid-tempo AOR tune where the very melodic chorus dominates the song......enhanced by female backing vocals and good guitar solo by Rob.
"Running Up That Hill" is a cover of Kate Bush's hit performed in a modern way.
On "Lay Down The Law", Mancini goes german hard rock in style and sound.
"Weak As I Am" has some 'tech' keyboards and a style very close to many '90s scandinavian acts (specially norwegian). This track offers the best vocal performance by Rob
and it's the best song on the entire album.
"Stranger In Paradise" returns to the classic european melodic rock with a good chorus and classic keyboard ellements.
"Too Late To Die" is a modern rock song.
"United We Stand" has that '80s feeling and a never ending long chorus. This sounds pretty strange at first but after a couple of listens sounds pretty original.
The ballad "Time Stops For No One But You" is filled with a dark vibe and a dense atmosphere.
As bonus is included a different mix of "Edge Of A Broken Heart".
The new album “Rock’n’Roll Circus” could best be described as a reflective but modern influenced crossover between the roots of late 80s and early 90s melodic rock. Think
Bon Jovi with a Nickelback kick, infused with his own signature, a powerfully stomping rhythm guitar section, addictive keyboards and catchy melody lines sung by lead
vocalist, guitarist and RockDoc Rob Mancini.
The production of this album though could have been so much better...it's not that bad but some songs sound just like they are still in demo stage !
With an outside producer I'm sure these songs might sound much, much better.
Still "Rock 'N' Roll Circus" includes good melodies and interesting arrangements.
This indie release won't be easy to find, as far I know only will be available on selected online stores.
Rob Mancini - Vocals, Guitars & Programming
Aine Mancini - Backing vocals
Unlisted session musicians