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Mydra - 1988 Mydra

ALBUM: Mydra
LABEL: Phonogram (Germany)
SERIAL: 836 322-1 (LP) 836 322-2 (CD)
YEAR: 1988
CD REISSUE: 2012, Yesterrock, Y-2012-26
SPONSOR: Germusica (Haulix)


LINEUP: Andre Martelli - vocals * Alic Stephen - guitars * Bernie Fintzen - keyboards, vocals * Jan S. Eckert - bass, vocals * Andy Feldhahn - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I've Got The Power * 02 Freeway Blues * 03 She's No Lover * 04 California * 05 Love Killer * 06 Light Up The Sky * 07 Cold Blooded * 08 Fireball * 09 Double Dealer * 10 Gone With The Wind * 11 You're The Only One


I recently came across this CD at a price so ridiculously cheap that I couldn't NOT buy it, and knowing it's a bit of a rarity, the purchase was about as classic a win-win situation as I was ever likely to experience. Mydra, for your information, were based in Hamburg, Germany, and have only this self titled album to their credit. But they've also just recorded a second album, due to see the light after more than ten years in the vaults. It will be out on Georg Siegl's AOR Heaven label during July 2002, titled 'Mydra II'.

The Songs
Anyway, back to 'Mydra', the debut kicks off impressively with the huge dual guitar/keyboard riff of 'I've Got the Power'. The very big and powerful production suits the somewhat pompous arrangement, and lead singer Andre Martelli reminds me a little of Norwegian pop singer and songwriter Morten Abel (ex-The September When, now successful as a solo artist) when in the lower, laid back register of his voice. For the slightly disappointing chorus, Mr. Martelli turns to a rougher, more hoarse singing style, which he applies to the majority of the remaining songs. 'Freeway Blues', on the other hand, is a more basic and not all that exciting excercise in hard rock, whereas 'She's No Lover' sees the band return to a guitar/keyboard driven riff, albeit without reaching the songwriting level of the album's classy opener. 'California' is based around a simple, but effective riff, and I quite like the raw energy of this track, where Andre Martelli's full fledged screamy chorus vocals top off the tune rather well. 'Love Killer' features some formula AOR keyboard stabs, but this is AOR by numbers where the melody actually isn't all that memorable. 'Light Up the Sky' combines the energy of 'California' with a more sophisticated song structure, and the guitars and keys dual elegantly with each other throughout the tune - good stuff. 'Cold Blooded' features a more upfront guitar, and while it's not Mydra at their very best, it at least kicks ass! 'Fireball' is all instrumental and sounds like a Van Halen left-over, whereas 'Double Dealer' is straight out of the Scandinavian AOR songbook - chunky guitar chords, big keys and a huge chorus. Martelli's chorus vocals are again towards the screamier end of the scale, but I suspect fans of the above mentioned genre will lap this up without hesitation. Me, I'm more partial to album closer 'Gone With the Wind', which starts quietly, just to segue into a heavier, guitar driven pre-chorus, and finally an ambitiously arranged chorus, all keyboard flurries and big vocals.

In Summary
In hindsight, I can see how the excellent production and some of the songs have led to this album's cult status - fans of Scandinavian style AOR and melodic hard rock with big arrangements will find much to like here. For those interested, I suggest holding out for the upcoming 'Mydra II' CD, which reportedly continues where the band left off on the debut album, both production - and stylewise.

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#1 | swazi on May 30 2012 23:41:30
It has been a while that I've been spinning this disc, but it is a great one nevertheless. Actually quite surprising that no one else bothered to comment. Now that it's out on YesterRock go and get it!
#2 | gdazegod on May 31 2012 06:26:29
I have been listening to it lately myself. Really enjoying it!
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