Wednesday, March 2, 2016

WIGELIUS: ”Tabula Rasa”

Rating: RRRR
Label: AOR Heaven 2015
Review by Kimmo Toivonen

”Tabula Rasa” is the second album from Swedish AORsters WIGELIUS. They have started with a clean state, if the album title is to be believed… I don’t know about that, but they have surely released an album that is much better than their debut. Which wasn’t that bad to start with, so this is actually pretty damn good!

If you enjoy the likes of Houston, Nelson, Work Of Art, Michael Morales and the lighter side of Def Leppard, this is an album for you. It’s smooth, immaculately produced (by The Wigelius brothers) and contains some of the best soft rock tracks I’ve heard lately. Vocalist Anders Wigelius has a great melodic rock voice which reminds me of a combination of Michael Morales and John Waite, and the band behind him has managed to create a sound that’s retro and modern at the same time.

Some highlights for me: the insanely catchy ”Deja Vu”, the mid-tempo, Def Lep-influenced ”These Tears I Cry”, ”Time Well Wasted”, ”Run With Me” and ”Please Please Please” (Nelson, eat your heart out!). The only song that I tend to skip is ”9 Out Of Ten” which just isn’t as good as the rest of them.

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