Michael Chapman

Life on the Ceiling

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Chapman in fine form, with the aid of regular bassist Rick Kemp and drummer Dave Mattacks. There are a few synthesizer frills here and there, but these are kept fairly low key in favor of accenting the guitars. Chapman's playing, as always, is top-notch, with the instrumental "Lescudjack" and "Theme From the Movie of the Same Name" providing a snappy showcase for his skills. The songs on display range from slow ballads to the snappy country variant of the title track, all of them played well and eminently listenable. Given the more attractive elements of Chapman's music, it's a surprise he hasn't found more success over the years.

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