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West Of Sunset - 1992 West Of Sunset

ARTIST: West Of Sunset
ALBUM: West Of Sunset
LABEL: Sonet
YEAR: 1992
CD REISSUE: 2009, Yesterrock, 5318720


LINEUP: Bjorn Strom - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Thomas Axelsson - bass, guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 Giving My Heart Away * 02 West Of Sunset * 03 Ocean Boulevard * 04 Now You've Gone * 05 Gimme Your Love * 06 Time Is All We Need * 07 Gotta Have It All * 08 I Just Wanna Hold You * 09 Homeward Bound * 10 Taking A Chance * 11 Before I Trust My Heart

An unlikely Swedish duo who manage to release a credible set of tunes on their debut album. Originally coming together a few years earlier under the monicker Fingerprintz, the pair put on a strong showing of earthy melodic rock, drawing upon influences such as Michael Learns To Rock. The sound is very mid-west oriented, with a few modern pop drawstrings in there for good measure. It's not smooth Swedish 'playing AOR by numbers' at all, but more syncopated and stripped back.

The Songs
The opening trio of songs are all pretty special. 'Giving My Heart Away' is very upbeat, while the title track 'West Of Sunset' is a real melter, bedevilled with a sublime chorus and vivid verses leading into it. 'Ocean Boulevard' is another upbeat pop masterpiece. On this one Mr Strom sounds like Jeff Scott Soto doing pop!! 'Now You've Gone' is a subtle ballad which drifts on an ocean of emotion. Again the choruses are killer! The duo manage to crank up the guitars on 'Gimme Your Love' while the organs and drums keep pace and volume. The pop smarts return on 'Time Is All We Need' while the sound effects are let out of the bag on 'Gotta Have It All'. 'Homeward Bound' moves similarly to the opener 'Giving My Heart Away', echoes of the mid-west surge forth on 'Taking A Chance' before ending with the ballad 'Before I Trust'.

In Summary
For a Swedish outfit, they are definitely American flavoured, and though a band like Roxette was probably all the rage in their homeland at the time, they've kept to their own narrow path/style and have traversed it reasonably well. You will rarely see this album around now, so get friendly with a Euro trader instead.

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#1 | george_the_jack on May 25 2013 00:51:57
This is a pretty decent pop/lite AOR album. Nothing spectacular but there are some good songs featured here with a really nice production and an excellent voice -that as George said- reminds of JSS in places. Definitely worths a listen, especially while lying on the beach, as we are approaching summertime... (at least for us in he northern hemisphere). This is the case of one of those albums that I appreciated more as the year went by.
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