Mike Rutherford and Paul Carrack

What does a band do when one of its members dies? Judging by Mike & The Mechanics, they release an album. Mike & The Mechanics were formed in the 1980s as an offshoot band for Genesis member Mike Rutherford. They were considered to be a British supergroup as they were made up of Rutherford on bass/guitar, Paul Carrack (from Ace and Squeeze) on vocals and Paul Young (from Sad Café) on vocals. During the 1980s and 90s they had a string of big hits with songs such as, 'All I Need Is A Miracle' and 'The Living Years'. In 2001 band member Paul Young passed away and the remaining members released this album in Europe in 2004. Originally you might wonder why it took one year for the label to release it in North America, but after a listen you will understand. 'Rewired' is an obvious attempt by the band to update and modernize their easy-listening pop sound in the hopes of attracting younger listeners. This short album of only 9 tracks sounds like as if it was all done on computer with no live instruments and too much production. Even though there are only 9 tracks most of the songs seem to go on forever as if trying to fill up space. The finished product is bland and predictable.

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