First impressions count and the initial feelings upon listening to Misty Roses' 'Komodo Dragons' is that a lost classic by the late Billy Mackenzie has been unearthed. Yet the owner of that similary extraordinary vocal range is American singer/songwriter Robert Conroy who - together with equally talented DJ/multi-instrumentalist Jonny Perl - has produced a luxuriant collection of easy listening songs with one foothold in the rich theatre of early Scott Walker and the other in the cinematic style of James Bond but with added brain factor. The first four tracks are exceptional and are the perfect showcases for both the sumptuous arrangements and Conroy's prowess behind the mic; some delicious crooning on the jazzy 'Into The Sky' contrasts nicely with the flamboyant opening two tracks whilst Shirley Bassey is probably cursing the fact that she didn't get to sing on the dark, dramatic 'Up In Flames'. Thereafter the album settles into a more relaxed - but still stylish - mood and ends with a mixed bag of remixes. Interestingly 'Komodo Dragons' was produced and mixed by Stephen Wright, now a well-respected sound engineer and formerly of early 80's act The Passions, whose 'I'm In Love With A German Film Star' remains a classic of its time. Twenty years later, this record represents another deserved crack at more success.