Tuesday, December 27, 2011

ANGELINE: "Disconnected"

Rating: 7 /10

Label: Avenue Of Allies 2011

Review by Kimmo Toivonen

Swedish melodic rock band Angeline were actually formed back in 1987, but only released their first album 2010. Now that they've got their motor running again, they didn't waste any time coming up with their second effort.

"Disconnected" is a nice slice of modern melodic rock, comparable to the recent output of Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and Europe. It's a well-produced album that sounds contemporary yet it's still easily accessible to those into more vintage melodic rock style. Especially the vocal production is excellent.

The standout tracks for me are the irrestistably energetic opener "When The Lights Go Down" and the superb power ballad "Found", with which Nickelback, Daughtry or David Cook would certainly score a massive international hit. I must also mention the title track, which is very much in the vein of Bon Jovi... there's the talkbox, a chorus with some very familiar lyrics and an air of familiarity in general. A decent track though. The Jovi connection pops up again a bit later, with "Solid Ground" which sounds like an outtake from "The Circle", complete with a Coldplay-influenced chorus that JBJ & co seem to churn out these days.

There isn't a song on the album that I'd rate as "bad", but still there are way too many songs that sound just "okay". "Disconnected" is how I feel about them indeed. When they do get it right they're onto something special, I just wish it would happen more often. Good, but not great. Yet.


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