Two overlooked albums from this godlike ex-singer from The Zombies – back to back on a single CD! Planes has Colin Blunstone again working closely with forme
r bandmate Rod Argent – who plays a fair bit of keyboards on the record, and even harmonizes with Colin on a number of tunes – in a style that's laidback, but also nicely polished too – that mellower mode that Blunstone was hitting in the mid 70s. The vocals are recorded in a way that's less spacious than before – not as much echo or ethereal elements, even on the mellower tracks – and although the overall style might be a more polished version of singer/
songwriter modes from a few years before, Blunstone still beats most of the competition with both his original songs, and the way he puts them over. Titles include a nice remake of "Care Of Cell 44", plus "Tell Me How", "Loving & Free", "Dancing IN The Dark", "Only With You", "Ain't It Funny", "Since I've Been Loving You", and "I Can Almost See The Light". Never Even Thought is a record that still has Colin Blunstone sounding surprisingly strong a few albums into his solo career – maybe a bit mellower, and with a bit less edge than at the start – but still very able to find the best way to put his amazing vocals to work! The backings are smooth, but not too AOR – just this kind of laidback, lightly tippling style that mostly has Blunstone moving at midtempo modes that let the lyrics resonate strongly in the spaciousness of his voice. Light strings are used at times, which is always a nice touch with Colin's voice – and many of the tracks on the album are originals by Blunstone – including "I'll Never Forget You", "Who's That Knocking", "Lovelight", "Ain't It Funny", "Photograph", "Touch & Go", and "You Are The Way For Me".