|Last Autumn's Dream Hunting Shadows||Escape Music|
I have always had a lot of time for these guys and besides the poor LAD II release (we really must stop talking about that), the band can be credited with being perhaps the most consistent and regular suppliers of classic Scandi-AOR each and every year.|
Sweden's Last Autumn's Dream deliver their fifth studio album here – one which makes no obvious deviation from past records – but still sounds fresh enough to enjoy over and over again.
While not their best album ever and perhaps not the strongest sounding as far as a crisp and clean production, the album still manages to deliver a few new gems to the growing LAD catalogue.
Vocalist Mikael Erlandsson is in fine voice – that higher, raspy melodic range perfect for the type of AOR on offer. Guitarist Andy Maleck ensures that this collection of songs captures the pomp and ceremony of his former band Fair Warning and the Talisman rhythm section of Marcel Jacob and Jamie Borger give the band that driving uptempo beat.
Highlights on this album for me include the feisty melodic rock opening Strange Operation, featuring a glorious chorus; Rainbow Sky which features some well crafted pure AOR hooks backed by a harder edge riff; the urgent uptempo rocker My Alibi rolls along at a past pace and while I didn't rate the ballads on the last album as highly as previously, the big anthem ballad here I'm Not Supposed To Love You Anymore makes up for that in style.
The double dose of harder rock in the form of Lost In Moscow and R U Ready To Rock N' Roll gives the band an edge before the mood turns a little darker for Serenity and War Of The Worlds.
Save Our Love and Every Beat Of My Heart both have catchy enough choruses, but perhaps not quite of the quality heard from the band before, dropping the consistency of the last quarter of the album slightly.
The happy go lucky uptempo rocker Overnight Sensation ensures that things end on a positive note.
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