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Nilsson, Tommy - 1988 It!

ARTIST: Nilsson, Tommy
LABEL: Alpha
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: 1996, RCA/BMG (Sweden), 74321 35513 2


LINEUP: Tommy Nilsson - vocals * Staffan Astner, Ib Frandsen, China Mariano - guitars * Mats Hedstrom - guitars, keyboards * Per Andersson, Jorgen Ingestrom - keyboards * Christian Weltman, Nalle Pohlson - bass * Ove Bergall, Claes Persson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Turn It Up * 02 Miss My Love * 03 One More Night * 04 Cheap Thrills * 05 Stay Til The Morning Light * 06 Only One Man * 07 She Delivers * 08 Can't Let Go * 09 Ambitious * 10 Maybe We're About To Fall In Love * 11 Heart Of Stone * 12 I Got You (Bonus) * 13 Here I Go Again (Bonus)


Continuing on from where he left off with Easy Action is Swedish vocalist Tommy Nilsson. A bit of a minor legend in his homeland, Tommy has racked up some mileage with his own material, contributing to other artists material (ie: Tone Norum), as well as the aforementioned Easy Action. If one recalls back to 1986 with the 'That Makes One' album, it was a glossy affair, bordering sublime melodic rock with some funky hi-tech arrangements. It is this latter style which Tommy has pursued with this 1988 album 'It!', the arrangements melding different but comparable styles, such as Dan Reed, Gino Vanelli, and Robert Tepper. When he lightens up and takes the sugar pop road, a band like Michael Learns To Rock springs to mind. I think you get the picture.

The Songs
There's a cast of thousands appearing throughout the album, a few of them are listed above. In the main though, Per Andersson and Mats Hedstrom handle most of the tracks, which appear to have been produced over several sessions. There are thirteen tracks, two of which are bonus tracks ('I Got You Now' as well as 'Here I Go Again'), so we definitely get our monies worth here. Of the songs which take the hi-tech approach, 'She Delivers', 'Turn It Up' and 'One More Night' ripsnort something incredibly. These are so good you could imagine these being played at Nightclubs to a hip audience. My favourites include the rather cool 'Can't Let Go' with it's super laden layers of keyboards, and of course there's the obligatory ballads, and Tommy doesn't disappoint here, with 'Maybe We're About To Fall In Love' and 'Stay 'Til The Morning Light' holding the fort.

In Summary
'It!' unfortunately does not have any searing lead guitar breaks that we could have expected from someone like Kee Marcello, but it does reflect the direction in which Tommy is taking his music, more pop and chart oriented. A good solid effort nonetheless, and worth tracking down for fans of quality Swedish rock.

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