Tuesday, April 12, 2016


Rating: RRR
Label: Escape Music 2016
Review by Kimmo Toivonen

Last Autumn’s Dream is probably the most productive band of today’s AOR genre. ”Paintings” is their 12th album in 13 years! That’s more than 120 songs, folks! An impressive body of work.

I’ve heard most of the other 11 L.A.D. releases and quite enjoyed them. Compared to them, ”Paintings” isn’t among the best ones. The band can still churn out likeable melodic rock tracks easily and most of these songs are just that, decent songs that are ”easy on the ear”. But would any of them make it to a Best Of L.A.D. compilation if I were to make one? I’m not sure. The strongest contenders would be the stomping ”Bring Out The Heroes” and the wonderfully titled ”In Case Of Landing On Water”…
and I have to say that the cover of REO Speedwagon’s ”Take It On The Run” sounds like a natural fit for the band.

Maybe ”Paintings” will go down in L.A.D. history as one of the less significant albums of theirs and hopefully they’ll bounce back with the next one, the lucky 13th album!

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