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Crossfade - 2004 White On Blue



ARTIST: Crossfade
ALBUM: White On Blue
LABEL: MTM Music, Eller Music
SERIAL: 085-59752, EM001
YEAR: 2004

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Lars Hallback - guitars * Richard Stenstrom - keyboards * Goran Edman - vocals * Per Lindvall - drums * Sven Lindvall - bass * Pablo Cependa - percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Day The Music Died * 02 Did You Really * 03 Vanity Fair * 04 Flying * 05 A Deeper Shade Of Love * 06 Thorns Of Life * 07 Loving Eyes * 08 Time * 09 Don't Really Matter * 10 You

WEBLINKS: www.crossfade.nu


Background
Well if it's a return to West Coast styled music that you want, then look no further than Swedens Crossfade. Put together by Lars Hallback and Richard Stenstrom, the project has good intentions but is severely let down by a lack of quality material. The project also features Goran Edman on vocals, and the Lindvall brothers as the rhythm section. The project is mean't to be a throwback to the classic days of West Coast, a la Steely Dan, Toto, Michael McDonald and Ambrosia. Admirable yes, but the end result is but a mere forethought as to the influence as opposed to the output.


The Songs
Don't get me wrong. The musicianship is excellent, the general sound has all the right attributes and ingredients which make for a west coast cake. But the taste is bland, and here I am looking around wondering what it is that I've eaten. Too many sugar candy coated offerings elsewhere in this genre leave me looking for something else to try. Only a handful of tunes do it for me. The opener 'The Day The Music Died' is one of those, along with a upbeat and heavier offering in 'You'. 'Vanity Fair' is ok too, but the teary-eyed ballad 'A Deeper Shade Of Love' could've wiped me out of a years supply of Kleenex!


In Summary
Not too sure if this album is the be-all end-all that many proclaim it to be. Too many songs wash over rather than embed in the brain. Saying that though, what we have here is good for what it is - but is not exceptional though. Fans of Street Talk and perhaps Novak might find some worth here, but for me, it's too limp even for a big-softie west coast fan as I have been over the years. I saw a fan review on Rock Report by the legendary and ever tactful AORPOMPY, and I agree whole heartedly with him (for once) that this is a fairly weak record when all is said and done. Sorry boys.


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#1 | gdazegod on May 14 2006 21:34:07
Well you are entitled to your opinion, but one thing it isn't (categorically speaking).. it isn't a masterpiece. That would be pure hyperbole on your part Mr Modulator. Sorry.
#2 | Jez on June 16 2008 03:54:39
Superb Westcoast release.Highly recommended for the Toto/ Steely Dan fans out there. Goran Edman proves yet again that he is one of the top vocalists out there and is ably backed by a quite superb band. 'The Day The Music Died' has everything a fan of this type of stuff would want and the other nine tracks don't dissapoint.
 
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