Category Archives: ROCOCO
…the piano-sprinkled chorus of ‘Manhattan Horns’ can rival any of the group’s old-time songs, and the voices bear just the right dose of panache in the fusion flow of ‘Blue Movie Star’ that firmly sets the overall urban agenda. The pipes of Chris Thompson, drummer Clive Edwards’ FILTHY McNASTY boss, carry the nocturnal weight into the ‘City Life’ glitterball, where original bassist Steve Carman guests, yet the tinseltown effervescence is served best in the 8-minute-long ‘Motel Gypsy’ which marries vaudeville to funk running from below ‘Night Drivin” and lets celestial organ take it all to the higher level.
DMME.net (March 2015)
Guitarist Tym Scopes must have had some fun on ‘Cold Turkey’ – lots of penetrating guitar solos and a stretch! Get up and shake that ass! We get a rather short instrumental with ‘Air2Air’ – at the same time we get to hear some nice bass work from James Fox.
A heavy keyboard sound (courtesy of Roy Shipston) dominates throughout ‘Baby J’ – it is a number that rolls on like a song from a musical production, which is debatably a good way to end an album.
Music-News (October 2014)
If you want a prog album you just aren’t going to get it with Losing Ground. What you will get is retro sounding mostly mid-tempo rock that is catchy, classy and just easy to listen to. For a melodic rock album this one is a keeper.
Sea Of Tranquility (October 2014)
…the meaty organ of ‘Wildfire’ and the sci-fi jive of ‘The Hollywood Brats’ elevate ROCOCO’s rock to progressive heights. Sadly, they shot too far for many to have a glimpse and enjoy their graceful light.
DME Music Site (September 2011)
…this features the band’s main 70s line-up. Even so, it sounds thoroughly contemporary and up to date, and makes you wonder why the band had so much trouble releasing full-length records first time around…The highlight is the baffling and meandering title track, which is billed as a ‘two-part, end-of-the-world prog-rock epic’. Yikes.
Geoff Barton, Classic Rock (October 2011)
There’s no denying that with hindsight the end results sound rather dated, but that doesn’t stop good songs being good songs – something which on the evidence of ‘The Firestorm and Other Love Songs’, Rococo were never short of.
Fireworks magazine (November/December 2011)
Their songs are actually less indulgent and more melodic than many of their prog contemporaries…
Music Week (July 2010)
…a nice reminder that between the prog and punk factions there were bands who could do both
Record Collector (August 2010)
Angel Air have really hit the ball out of the park with this excellent archive release…Fans of theatrical classic rock artists such as Queen, Elton John, Sweet and Mott The Hoople will not want to miss this one.
www.seaoftranquility.org (September 2010)
…five-piece purveyor of a fiddly fusion of tuneful glam, pop and prog back in 1971.
R2 (October 2010)
A melodic gem of the highest order…
Kevin Bryan, Stirling Advertiser (October 2010)