Review by Steve Alspach
First off, I gotta admit that I had a college flashback with the CD booklet. The comic strip artwork by David Wyatt and Tim Bisley depicts the five members of Arena as men on a mission, each with a "mysterious" past, to clean up Victorian England. "Pepper's Ghost" is written loosely on this concept, and if you like comic art, "Pepper's Ghost" is worth buying just for that.
If you like hard-hitting progressive rock with a good metallic punch as well, "Pepper's Ghost" is a cinch to pick up. I'll admit that Pepper's Ghost is my introduction to Arena's music, but I found their sound to be quite enjoyable. There's a Spector-like "wall of sound" with Clive Nolan's keyboards and John Mitchell's guitars, but vocalist Rob Sowden has the pipes to carry the songs, and Ian Salmon and Mick Pointer supply the rhythm to carry it all out.