Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6742
Comments: 16305
Ratings: 4352
Forum Posts: 21544
Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2001 Articles » Sahara (Sweden) - 2001 Sahara
 
Sahara (Sweden) - 2001 Sahara


SAHARA - SAHARA (2001, AOR HEAVEN/POINT MUSIC)
Ulrick Lonnqvist - vocals, guitars
Peter Lidstrom - guitars, vocals

Other Musicians:
Fredrik Winero - drums
Hazze Wazzeen - bass
Magnus Eliasson - bass
Kaspar Dahlqvist - keyboards


Background
Every year seems to throw up an AOR/West Coast surprise. Last year it was Patrik Tibell's T'Bell. This year it's Sahara. An unusual name for a Swedish outfit? Sand and snow seem to contradict each other I reckon. What you won't find contradictory is Sahara's brand of music. I can see this album in many years becoming a closet classic among the wimpsters out there. Admittedly their style is of a softer ilk, but it does have a bite to it. For starters, combine Sweden's other West Coast hotshots Street Talk with Denmark's Toys Of Joy and this is what you get. All the way through there are subtle layers of keyboard ambience underpinning the songs, with piano's and guitars providing the melodies. Mention must go to band member Peter Lidstrom for not only providing the stirring guitars, but the excellent production. Lead singer Ulrick Lonnqvist has some Jon-Boy Bon Jovi-isms in his voice, but overall it's relatively smooth. That Georg Siegl over at AOR Heaven must have a soft spot for this style of music. That must augur well for any other potential contender playing in the same style. Yes, there is hope for you after all. Sahara the album, is another one of those late night gems where you can slip into the couch with a strong brew of coffee and a set of headphones for company. Don't worry about the spouse. I'm sure they can wait for an hour or two.

The Songs
They start off well enough with the pulsing delivery of 'Stranger' and what could be a contender for George's track of the year.. the wonderful 'Time Is A Healer'. Ooohh.. 'Over And Over' could be Stan Meissner's Metropolis' 'Restless Moon' revisited. 'Never Say Never' follows a similar pulse laden theme, with some high flying six string flurries in the solo section. How a band called Sahara gets to sing about 'Silent Rain' I'll never know. We even get raindrops in the intro. Where the hell's the rain in the Sahara guys? All joking aside, those ambient piano tinklings over an accoustic guitar backdrop cause the heartbeat to race a bit on 'Dream Of You'. Other highlights include the groove rich 'Dreams' while 'The Fire' builds nicely through the verses only to let off some steam during the chorus, tailing off with some fiery guitar solos. Unfortunately they let the side down slightly as the last couple of tracks seem to wimper out. They must have heard about the couch and the headphones, hoping by this stage to have put you all to sleep gracefully. Uh oh. Not a good move chaps! Keep it rocking all the way to the end please..

In Summary
Whatever you do, turn this CD up loud to enjoy it's sonic majesty. You'll appreciate it better. Then you'll have no better reason than to clock in with a decent pair of headphones and thus venture out into the aural landscape that is Sahara. Do make sure you get to bed though.

URL: www.saharaweb.com

Track Listing:
01 Stranger
02 Time Is A Healer
03 Over and Over
04 Dreams
05 The Fire
06 Never Say Never
07 Silent Rain
08 Dream Of You
09 Deep Inside
10 What Is Love
11 The Night

Related Articles:
N/A

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
This article has been tagged
 
Comments
No Comments have been Posted.
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
 
Articles Cloud
Ford, Dwayne - 1981 Needless Freaking, Forcefield II - 1988 The Talisman, Cotton, Gene - 1981 Eclipse Of The Blue Moon, Kiss - 1974 Hotter Than Hell, Great White - 2009 Rising, Max Havoc - 1983 Max Havoc, Rail - 1984 Rail Mini LP, USA - 1982 USA, Kid Brother - 1979 Kid Brother, Shipley, Ellen - 1983 Call Of The Wild, Private Life - 1988 Shadows, Flies On Fire - 1991 Outside Looking Inside, Saga - 1983 Heads Or Tales, Waterman, Dennis - 1980 So Good For You, Rush, Neil (Band) - 1984 See You Soon [EP]
Tags©
OSI Rock Candy Records Sweet Savage Limousine (Holland) Twelfth Night A Geoff Mann Band The Bond Brian McDonald Wildland Elliot Minor Renegade Frontrunner Jacklyn Automatic Man Gary O Raccoon Satellite (Poland) Sweet Superhero Lost Weekend Metallica DVD Foreigner Anthrax White Wizzard Black Majesty Blue Rose Pandemic Sensational Alex Harvey Band Incura Aviator (UK) Kansas Switchblade Push (UK)
All Tags
Search DDG