Wednesday, January 23, 2013

LOVER UNDER COVER: "Set The Night On Fire"

Rating: RR
Label: Escape Music 2012
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Lover Under Cover? (LUC from now on). I do recall the moniker and yours truly are indeed in possession of the demos which all came with various nude women on the artcover (sexist?). Sadly I can't remember a single note of the actual music though. No matter what you've been told, this is not the brand new Swedish Melodic Hardrock project. LUC dates all the way back to the early nineties featuring a certain Daniel Boscovic as the lead singer. I do however recall that founder/bassist Mikael Carlsson took care of everything (as well as the dodgy vocals) on later demos.

They've certainly cleaned up their act, image and art-wise, on "Set The Night On Fire" - the long awaited debut album at Escape Music. Mikael Erlandsson (Last Autumn's Dream, N-Gang, solo artist, etc.) the new lead vocalist, and Martin Kronlund (Gypsy Rose, Phenomena), Perra Johnsson (Coldspell), Ged Ryland (ex-Ten), and Erik Myhre (Jorn) are all guest musicians. Add to this the production from Martin Kronlund and you can be sure of a very polished performance.

Opener, "My Best Friend", one of the remaining tracks from the demos. The average composition in the cheeky style of Swedish Erotica vs. Axel Rudi Pell? To be completely honest, the sheer lack of original as well as catchy material made it darn difficult to stay alert and awake throughout the album. Merely the cover of "Flash In The Night (Secret Service) and the following three tracks are keepers in my book. If below average melodic rock from Sweden is what you crave - LUC no further (pun intended)... genius.

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