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Heartbreak Radio - 2005 Heartbreak Radio

ARTIST: Heartbreak Radio
ALBUM: Heartbreak Radio
YEAR: 2005


LINEUP: Pierre Wensberg, Mikael Erlandsson - vocals * Sayit Dolen, T'Bell, Tommy Denander, Max Abbey - guitars * Magnus Rosen, Joel Starander - bass * Mikkey Dee - drums * Jim Jidhed - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heartbreak Radio * 02 Hard Rock City * 03 Now You're Gone * 04 Rockin' The Night * 05 Let Me Have My Hart Again * 06 Don't Look In Her Eyes * 07 Only You * 08 Knockin' On Hell's Door * 09 Love Don't Live Here No More * 10 Dereamworld * 11 Just 4 Love * 12 The Way Of The World



Heartbreak Radio is the recent Swedish project put together by the duo of Torbjorn Wassenius and Claes Andreasson. These guys are better known for their work with Last Autumns Dream and the solo efforts of vocalist Mikael Erlandsson. In fact, Mikael does three songs on the album, while ex Prisoner singer Pierre Wensberg does the rest. He has been described as Sweden's answer to Steve Perry. A huge call if ever there was one! The rest of the assembled cast makes for impressive reading, most regular readers at GLORY-DAZE won't have difficulty knowing where these guys come from, so we won't retread ground unnecessarily. Despite the band logo, and their projection of a musical direction at all things AOR, they succeed unequivocally. It is unashamedly an 80's AOR direction, and for the most part, fans of Journey and Toto can revel in the music on display here. Despite the appearance of heavy-hitters such as Magnus Rosen (Hammerfall) and Mikkey Dee (Motorhead, King Diamond), the rhythm section doesn't get too far away from the tried and true basics of hard rock.

The Songs
Onto the songs. After the brief 'tuning into the radio' sequence called 'Heartbreak Radio' (all 28 seconds worth), we kick in with 'Hard Rock City' - a absolute smokin' entrance which firmly plants this CD onto the aural map in no uncertain terms. Primo American styled AOR is the order of the day with 'Now You're Gone'. Think of a rich amalgam of Toto, Pride Of Lions and Radioactive, and this is what it will sound like. 'Rockin' The Night' sounds the closest to Tommy Denander's Radioactive material, while 'Let Me Have My Heart Again' is an exquisite acoustic ballad which I could happily play over and over again. 'Only You' surely is Journey 'Raised On Radio' revisited. Personally I think it is closer to Frontline's 'On The Run' from their fantastic 1997 album 'Heroes'. You take a listen and see what you make of it! Similarly, 'Just 4 Love' takes the same sign-posted road, but detours over to West Coast territory much to the delight of Toto fans! Aggression is the buzz word with the aptly titled 'Knockin' On Hell's Door', though the follow-on 'Love Don't Live Here No More' is the kind of AOR that many of us wish that the current crop of bands could play.. let alone play as well as these guys!

In Summary
Thankfully the music is less whimsical and more accessible than the recent Last Autumns Dream album. It holds many similarities to the recent Deacon Street Project and Radioactive CD's, both outfits holding Tommy Denander as the key ingredient to the mix. Here though, Tommy is one of many stellar performers that give this album a 'double-thumbs-up'. Heartbreak Radio come heartily recommended to die-hard AOR fans. Admittedly, it isn't new or ground-breaking, but keeps to the traditional roots of 80's AOR, something that has been sadly missing of late - given the dearth of quality releases out there in the market.

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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 12:18:16
This features a veritable who's who of Scandie session guys,Sayit, Jim Jidhed, Pierre Weinsberg (Prisoner) & Motorhead's Mikkey Dee (!). Would have liked more Live drums than the proggrammed ones,but that is a minor complaint.
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