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Norum, Tone - 1988 This Time

ARTIST: Norum, Tone
ALBUM: This Time
SERIAL: 460968-1 (LP), 460968-2 (CD)
YEAR: 1988


LINEUP: Tone Norum - vocals * Mats Lindfors, Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum - guitars * Ola Johansson - bass * Johan Akerfeldt - drums * Per Blom - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Point Of No Return * 02 Don't Turn Me Away * 03 What About Me * 04 In A Crazy World Like This * 05 My Summer With You * 06 This Time * 07 If You Ever Fall * 08 Love Me * 09 Second Language * 10 Somebody To Love

Tone Norum, best known as the sister of renowned Swedish guitarist John Norum, is an accomplished singer in her own right. Though her musical tendencies have deviated between melodic rock and folkier styles, her first and second albums are superb collections of AOR. Tone's debut album from 1986 'One Of A Kind' was assisted in the main by Europe's Joey Tempest. However, her sophomore effort 'This Time' released two years later, is a significant achievement, and progresses in leaps and bounds over 'OOAK'. The participants are notable, plus the Steinberg/Kelly team got an invite to play at Tone's party in a writing capacity. Her vocal style has always seen a comparison (From my viewpoint at least) to Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks, though it has more of an edgier tone to it.

The Songs
'Point Of No Return' kicks off in pure AOR terms - keyboards layers and genre approved verses of lovelorn drama. The fact that Yngwie Malmsteen provides the all important solo adds to the songs class. The lyrical 'lost in love 'theme heard thousands of times elsewhere is repeated on 'Don't Turn Me Away', where our Tone implores the listener (and perhaps the recipient/target of this song) accordingly. Hi-tech rhythms greet us on 'What About Me', followed by the delicate keyboard tones of 'In A Crazy World Like This', though the chorus is an urgent change-up in tempo. This is the same track Robin Beck did a few years later. Tommy Nilsson from Easy Action joins Tone for a duet on 'My Summer With You' - a big hit in Sweden during 1988. We're back on track with the fluid AOR of the title-track 'This Time'. The next one is an absolute AOR killer.. 'If You Ever Fall' is simply a gem track. It's AOR from woe to go. Alyson Avenue did this sort of stuff twelve years later! The track was written by Jack Ponti and was also covered by the band Mystic Healer some years later. 'Love Me' drifts easily across the soundscape, complete with an anthemic chorus and a guitar solo at the end that absolutely rips. Another standout track is the sparse sounding 'Second Language'.. lovely melodies and nice use of spatial keyboards. A cover of Jefferson Airplane's 'Somebody to Love' may not sound like an inspired choice, but it sounds kinda kool, modern sounding at the time.

In Summary
'This Time' is Tone's best album, while her subsequent releases moved in a completely different direction. Not bad, but it wasn't AOR nor melodic rock. Oh, and she's quite cute to look at huh? Yeah right, focus on the music George..

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#1 | gdazegod on September 24 2008 21:54:40
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