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Artist: Newman

Title: One Step Closer

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Category: AOR

Year: 1999

Label: Escape Music

Catalog Number: ESM044


Steve Newman vocals, guitar, keyboards
Mark Mulholland drums
William Marshall bass


1.  One Step Closer  5:29
2.  Desperate Hours  5:35
3.  Don't Walk Away  4:19
4.  Judgement Day  4:57
5.  Should've Been Me  4:53
6.  Taboo  4:36
7.  Fire of Love  3:39
8.  Strongest Heart  5:30
9.  Strange Animal  7:09
10.  The Call  3:57
11.  Joanne  4:10
Total Running Time:  54:14

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Existing comments about this CD

From: M. Allen Date: October 30, 2001 at 18:32
Very good melodic hard rock, packed with big AOR hooks, catchy choruses, and heaps of harmony vocals, quite similar to early Harem Scarem, and definitely the band's strongest release to date. Production is perfect, ultra-professional with a clean, tight, polished sound. Any fan of high quality melodic rock should thoroughly enjoy great songs like "Should Have Been Me," "Taboo," & "Strange Animal." This one is definitely worth owning.

From: ROB GARCIA Date: January 19, 2003 at 15:20
m allen youre right i couldnt have describe it better myself.hes right guys go to your nearest record store and get this piece of melodic extravaganza.

From: koogles Date: September 15, 2003 at 12:39
"Helllllooooo, Newman". That's what you should be saying to this release, if you're looking to unlock your door to some fresh 90s AOR. "One Step Closer" the leadoff track is a huge anthem in the style of Total Stranger, Fair Warning, Norway, 101 South, Face Face etc.

From: tomcat Date: October 25, 2003 at 10:56
'judgement day', what a great song, chekk it out

From: Geoff Date: December 27, 2004 at 20:51
Heavier than the debut and the sound comes off sounding a million dollars. If a fan of melodic hard rock can turn their back on the first two tracks, especially 'One step closer', I question their tastes. Amazing first song, massive sound. 'Fire of love' and 'Joanne' are two other spectacular highlights. Truly killer album with few poor moments. Highly recommended.

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: February 10, 2006 at 21:52
Oh My God Yeah!!! GREAT AOR Album, Seņores con uds una de las mejores bandas de los ultimos tiempos simplemente Extraordinarios, una banda que a mamado influencias de lo mejor del AOR y el Rock Melodico desde Survivor, Giant, Harem Scarem y demas Grandes bandas One Step Closer(Brutal un corte Survivor Total con garra y feeling) Desperate Hours, Don't Walk Away, Judgement Day... las palabras sobran cuando te topas con albums asi si lo tuyo es lo mejor de lo mejor no lo pierdas 9.5/10

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: February 10, 2006 at 21:57
Posiblemente sea su mejor album pero el Dance In The Fire es otro tremendo album estos dos no bajan de un 9 como puntuacion para un degustador de lo mejor.

From: SangreAzulForever Date: September 24, 2006 at 11:34
Every single album issued by this man really rocks. It is really appreciable the work in it. The first song in this release is pretty outstanding: well-constructed riffs, good keyboard-driven and the voice is hooking as well. Considering these days, Newman does really make an effort to strengthen the Melodic Rock scene and we indeed appreciate it so much. Many thanks!! 9,5/10

From: hernanHRM/AOR Date: February 23, 2007 at 23:39
One Step Closer, One Step Closer, One Step Closer!!!! Por dios que bellisimo tema, una gran joya de AOR & Hard ROck Melodic, musica que quizas Stallone debio poner en su ultima pelicula jaja ROcky VI, ya que es un super tema de valor y garras pura fortaleza un tema que me ah dejado con la mente en marte jajaja y que decir del albun tiene unos cortes espectaculares infaltable en su coleccion...

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: February 24, 2007 at 0:25
Te das cuenta Hernan es asi de simple el mejor tema del album y aquel que escoja otra cancion como la mejor que discuta con pollos de su mismo gusto y nivel aca no hay que me gustan otras canciones del disco no carajo aca este es el mejor corte y punto no hay discusion.

From: chalometal Date: May 24, 2008 at 19:03
wonderful cd , great feelings , excellent sound and music , thanks steve newman for the music that we enjoy and love now . 10/10 , masterpiece, greetings from AREQUIPA -PERU.

From: hernanHRM/AOR Date: December 11, 2008 at 20:04
One Step Closer Super Song 95/100

From: hair metal again Date: October 13, 2011 at 4:33
excellent 2nd release for NEWMAN back in 99.clear ,polished production ,nice balanced guitarish sound and many good songs with melodic fav is "one step closer","joanne" "desperate hours" and "fire of love".highly recommended hard rock release

From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 12, 2011 at 18:56
A very good and interesting follow up to the self titled debut..."One Step Closer" is the best cut for me but there are some other great ones such as "Don't Walk Away","Taboo"(rocks),"Fire Of Love"(nice),"The Call"(great song!)& "Joanne"(catchy mid tempo)...enjoyable and recommendable...85/100

From: edwithmj Date: April 24, 2017 at 18:44
Where hs this been hiding? I got the first three Newman albums at the same time recently and this is easily the best of them. This one seems to have that certain something that the others lack. My picks are One Step Closer: great melody, rhythm and solo; Newman's vocals sound slightly strained on Don't Walk Away but I still really like this; Judgement Day: great atmosphere and bass; SHould've Been Me: easily my favourite, a super ballad with brilliant guitars and emotion; Fire of Love: a very decent rocker; and finally The Call with its heavy riff. The vocals are a little strained at times but the songwriting and musicianship more than makes up for it.

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