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This is pretty much Rock perfection.

I'm known for being a massive fan of British Rockers Vega and whilst other opinions until now have been quite divided, with some within Melodic Rock circles not "getting it", I have always gotten what the band are about and their three previous albums have been the most played albums amongst my collection. With each album I have felt the band have one-upped themselves and 'Who We Are' yet again takes things to a higher level in my opinion; I personally think this is an awesome album and certainly Vega's best yet.

The principal song-writers of the Martin Brothers and Nick Workman appear to really bring out the best in each other, but as a writing team they also they create a unique sound which is unmistakable and something which you don't hear in their other bands.

Once again, they have filled their songs with so many hooks – through the vocals, guitar, harmony, keyboards – that every song has the potential to grip you and get a reaction in one form or another; whether it's a raised fist or lip tremble... they know how to write songs that get under your skin.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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I am also of the opinion that this album will reach out to traditional Melodic Rock fans, more so than they have in the past. Whilst "commercial" has always been part of their brand, this time there is a smoother and brighter tone which will make it easier for traditionalists to enjoy. I find it hard to imagine that anyone wouldn't feel the need to bounce off the walls to 'Explode', sing-along loudly to 'Every Little Monster' or strut their stuff to 'If Not You'. If not, the question has to be asked as to whether you actually like commercial Rock music?

I think there are a few songs on here that deserve highlighting, like the immensely powerful 'Hurts So Bad' (which is now currently my latest favourite anthem) and the heartfelt ballad 'Nothing Is Forever', which are songs I feel could win awards or at least nods of respect from their song-writing peers. Workman has taken a lot of criticism over the years and I think with his performances on this album, I hope many will re-evaluate their opinions, as for me it's Workman's most diverse and impressive album to date.

As a diehard fan, I'm happy to say I think this is pretty much Rock perfection.

Paul Woodward

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