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Alyson Avenue - 2000 Presence Of Mind

ARTIST: Alyson Avenue
ALBUM: Presence Of Mind
SERIAL: Alyson 01
YEAR: 2000
CD REISSUE: 2009, Yesterrock (NLD), NL10076


LINEUP: Anette Blyckert - vocals * Jarno Piiroinen - guitars * Niclas Olsson - keyboards * Thomas Loyska - bass, acoustic guitar * Roger Landin - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Free Like The Wind * 02 Every Now And Then * 03 Lost And Lonely * 04 Tell Me You Love Me (Or Leave Me) * 05 One Desperate Heart * 06 Call Out My Name * 07 Walk Away * 08 It's In Your Eyes * 09 Without Your Love * 10 All This Time * 11 One Touch


Let me paint you a picture. Imagine if you will, a female vocalist who is cross between Tone Norum and Marie Fredriksson (Roxette), fronting a melodic rock band who sound like 220 Volt (circa 'Eye To Eye'). If you can visualise that, then you have Alyson Avenue. For a small time release, this is bloody awesome! Don't be put off by the softly softly approach with the monicker and album cover, this is pristine stuff, with glorious keys, cutting edge guitars, pulsing bass lines and the stellar vocals of Anette Blyckert. So rich, full, and powerful. Only the very best Swedish bands can pull off a stunt like this. Why haven't I picked up on this earlier? This surely would have to be a contender for one of the better albums of 2000.

The Songs
It appears that a number of different musicians have contributed to the album, but it doesn't disrupt the flow at all, which is as stunning to start off with, as it is to end with. Take a listen to the brilliant opener 'Free Like The Wind', and those killer vocals from Blyckert. Wow, I'm smitten. 'Every Now & Then' pulses along with strong guitar lines and keyboard tinklings everywhere. 'Lost & Lonely' is another powerful guitar based track. 'One Desperate Heart' is primetime Tone Norum, for which the chorus sounds unnervingly like 'If You Ever Fall' from her 'This Time' album. 'Its In Your Eyes' is a clear and powerful ballad absolutely swimming with keyboard layers. 'Without Your Love' has great commercial appeal, rich choruses and catchy hooks (sorry Urban/Wally, couldn't help that one!). Just when I get over that one, along comes 'All This Time' to deliver the sucker punch.

In Summary
Really, I can't fault this album, and I think we at GDAZE need to get onside with a band like this who displays this much potential. We look forward to hearing some new material in the future. If you've heard Radar's 'RPM' album, change horses immediately. Get this one instead. Fans of Witness, Talk Of The Town, latter day 220 Volt, and early Alien will get a severe kick out of this. For sure, I'm still kicking myself. Unfortunately, the band called it a day during 2002.. so does that mean Alyson Avenue fall into the one album wonder category?

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