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Coastland Ride - 2003 Coastland Ride

ARTIST: Coastland Ride
ALBUM: Coastland Ride
YEAR: 2003
CD REISSUE: 2011, Avenue Of Allies, 11-18-0038
SPONSOR: Gregor Klee (reissue)


LINEUP: Markus Nordenberg - vocals * Anders Rybank - guitars, keyboards, programming * Mikael Bohlin - guitars, keyboards, programming

TRACK LISTING: 01 Let Me Let You Go * 02 On The Path Of Greed * 03 The Angels Must Have Missed A Turn * 04 Never The Same * 05 Second Hand America * 06 Hearts To The Flame * 07 Believe In Me * 08 Eyes * 09 Sleepless


Making a splash on the melodic rock/pop scene for 2003 are Swedish trio Coastland Ride. It's a pleasant excursion which travels around the fringes of West Coast, AOR, and melodic Euro-pop. It's definitely not any of those sub-genres explicitly, but more a melting pot of them all. Fine by me, as its happy breezy nature is uplifting in these uncertain times. Fans of fellow Swedes T-Bell and Time Gallery, popular 80's outfit Go West, and to a lesser degree Danish popsters Michael Learns To Rock will get some mileage out of this 'Coastland Ride'. Let's start out with the vocal arrangements and choruses, which make an immediate impact - multi-part harmonies fattening out the songs in a major way. Admittedly, the song structures aren't complicated, the whole album coming off as a harmless way to spend a good relaxing 35 minutes.

The Songs
The band get us underway with the brilliant 'Let Me Let You Go' - an AOR moment with dramatic guitar bursts and a memorable chorus leading into a thrilling pre-solo / solo section. Those multi-part vocals are no more evident than on the second track 'On The Path Of Greed'. Hi-tech pop is probably the best way to describe it. Great stuff. 'Never The Same' aims its cross-hairs in the vicinity of Michael Learns To Rock, again, hi-tech pop being the prevailing theme. 'Second Hand America' is more of an upbeat modern pop arrangement, the intriguing thing being the lyrics, perhaps a reflection on the current mood and status of affairs of mainstream America.. born to be fed by a hand from above it all, we don't control the flow, we are the stream, and we're buyin'.. A second hand America, red-tag America... The air of desperation continues on 'Hearts To The Flame', asking the listener to effectively dig deep and make a stand.. i.e put your heart to the flame. A simple but effective message, particularly useful and thought-provoking during the early part of 2003. 'Believe In Me' is perhaps the closest Coastland Ride get to their perceived West Coast image, while the other impressive track on the album is the AOR-tastic 'Eyes'. They finish up with the dreamy ballad 'Sleepless', a lilting piece with a chorus that gets right into your head. Very nice indeed.

In Summary
The formula applied by Coastland Ride is one that's been played and heard many times before. What they do well is combine aspects of eighties melodic pop with todays current styles. As always you can rely on Swedish acts coming to the party with ample amounts of melody and harmony, and Coastland Ride do not disappoint in that regard. The band do not reinvent the wheel, but fill a gap currently left vacant by some of those aforementioned acts, and its a pity this type of music is not heard more on mainstream radio, because it's commercial enough that's for sure. Fans of AOR, West Coast and Euro pop styles would do well to investigate Coastland Ride, now available through the AOR Heaven outlet.

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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 02:11:38
Good one this - Westcoast/ Pop from Sweden. Reminds me a little of Toto, and the mighty Jojo from Germany, although a little lighter than them. Some very good tracks on this 'Let Me Let You Go', 'On The Path Of Greed'and the awesome 'Hearts To The Flame'. My only complaint with this is at 35 minutes it is way too short. A Good 'un
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