Friday, January 13, 2012

COASTLAND RIDE: "On Top Of The World"

Rating: 5/10

Label: Avenue Of Allies 2011

Review by Kimmo Toivonen

Much like on their debut (just re-issued by the same label), Swedish AOR/Westcoast band Coastland Ride kick off their new album with the best of what they've got. "Act Of Faith (One Million Reasons)" is a catchy and classy AOR track boasting a strong chorus, guitars up front and lively keyboards. "Wait" is another good song, reminding me of Street Talk, another smooth AOR band from Sweden. Unfortunately after those two songs they sail their yacht deep into the westcoast waters...

Among the remaining nine tracks, there's not much to shout about. "Made Up My Mind" is okay and maybe a couple of the others, but the rest... let's just say that I was expecting to hear a smooth cover of the "Love Boat" theme somewhere between the band's own yacht rock exercises.

Knowing that this band is capable of delivering first class melodic rock, I just wish that for the next album they'll do just that. Enough with this smooth wimp fluff, stay away from the yacht and crank it up!


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