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then some, to see similar results. But, this group was launched in the heyday of MTV and was helped by the powerful pres- ence of the golden voice of Paul Carrack on many of their big- gest hits. That soulful singer and most of the previous lineup is gone but the musical ethos of the act remains firmly intact on the latest Let Me Fly that is help- ing Mike and his handymen re- launch in the modern era. The new union includes Rutherford himself (guitar/bass), Luke Juby (keyboards), Gary Wallis (drums), Anthony Drennan (guitar), plus vocalists Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar. The title track opens the set with a sense of adventure and follows with the strong upt- empo “Are You Ready” that finds the new guys impressively at work and mastering the tools of their trade. For some fans it was a dark day when rock-chameleon Todd NJ STAGE 2017 - Vol. 4 No. 5 Rundgren made his latest trans- formation as he moved into the world of EDM over half a de- cade ago. On his new record in the genre White Knight he has found plenty of approval from his peers as a diverse group of associates from Robyn, Trent Reznor, Dam Funk, Daryl Hall, Donald Fagen, Joe Walsh, Bettye Lavette, Joe Satriani and more swoop in to aid in the ambitious 15-track effort. The follow-up to 2015’s satisfying Global seems to have left the melodious mu- sical appeal of much of that al- bum somewhere on the other side of the planet. There’s a lot of low-key low energy explora- tions even when he’s attacking the President in “Tin Foil Hat.” The opener “Come” takes a long time to get going but the blue-eyed soul convention of “Chance For Us” with Daryl Hall shows that this record does de- serve at least a chance. But, the INDEX NEXT ARTICLE 59