It's easy to believe that Mazeppa smell of soap, so clean is their music. Jazz, Blues, Broadway Musical and pub rock roots combine to cut a straighter than straight middle of the road path for this Bolton outfit. Songs like "Introit" are pretty, but Michael Ball singing rock songs is the stuff of twatty Saturday night "family" viewing.
Live to CD is a tough transition for any act but the keywords of Mazeppa's biog regarding their recent Radio 1 on the road performance: "Live, raw and exciting" certainly don't apply here.
With the safety valve rarely threatening to let off steam the band majestically sweep through 8 tracks of impressive musicianship occasionally matching it in the song writing dept. Ben Folds Five at their best, cabaret at their most suspect.
"On the run" is a real star and with it's string arrangement it stands above the rest. It's well backed by "Been a long time" finding Mazeppa walking into slightly tenser and sharper territory. Big fat fuzzy bass we like!
Packed with ability and ideas, if Mazeppa stay the course and have a few too many late nights to rough'em up a bit, get slapped in the face a few more times... ok just become bitter... then expect big things.