Sunday, July 1, 2012

WIGELIUS: "Reinventions"

Rating: RRR
Label: Frontiers 2012
Review by Kimmo Toivonen

Wiggle Wiggle... apart from sounding a bit like the Finnish composer Sibelius, Wigelius is the last name of this band's vocalist Anders and drummer Erik. It's a bit unusual name for a band, but does it matter if the music's good? Had the band been named after one of the two other members, it would've been called Svensson or Petersson... I guess their current monicker is better.

Producer Daniel Flores scouted Anders Wigelius from a TV show where he was singing Journey, and hooked up with him. "Reinventions" is the result, an album full of sweet AOR melodies along the lines of Toto, Journey and Michael Morales. Don't know about "reinventions" though, this is pretty safe and standard AOR material.

Although I know that Wigelius aren't really offering anything new to the genre, most of their songs do push the right buttons and I can't help but like them. I'll admit that a few of the songs are bit too sweet for their own kind, but there's still plenty of enjoyable, well executed soft rockin' on the album for all you AOR fans out there. Just don't expect anything out of this world, just good basic melodic rock. Highlights: "Next To You" and "I Reach Out".

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