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Main Attraction - 2006 Keep On Coming Back

ARTIST: Main Attraction
ALBUM: Keep On Coming Back
SERIAL: 0681-155
YEAR: 2006


LINEUP: Bennech Lyngboe - vocals * Ronny Heimdal - guitars, keyboards * Jan Martin Kleveland - bass * Zsolt Meszaros - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Calm Before The Storm * 02 Remember * 03 Until You * 04 Man In Charge * 05 Only One * 06 Under My Skin * 07 Calling You * 08 Over The Top * 09 Keep On Coming Back * 10 Up The Wall * 11 Blue Jean Girls * 12 Beyond The Edge



Could Main Attraction be classified as Son of On The Rise? Certainly looking at the band line-up you'd be persuaded to think so, but in hindsight probably not. If we briefly cast our minds back to 2003, the debut On The Rise album easily made it into the top 10 for that year for many listeners. A fantastic merger of west coast and melodic hard rock put together as only the Norwegians know how. The combination of Terje Eide and Bennech Lyngboe seemed like a match made in melodic rock heaven. However, it was not to be, as the pair walked down separate paths following the album release, due to that oft-said phrase.. musical differences. Long before OTR were an item, Lyngboe was a prolific songwriter. His music had been featured prominently on recordings in his hometown of Bergen, so going it alone again in the quest of the holy grail was nothing new. That new direction led to Main Attraction, armed with songs that he'd previously prepared for the second OTR album. With local Bergen guitarist, the impressive Ronny Heimdal (previously with the band Diabolus in Musik, a.k.a D.I.M) helping out, the Main Attraction sound is hard-edged rock, with some interesting flavours too. Not as lush as On The Rise, but not losing anything either, because of what Heimdal adds in the guitar department.

The Songs
The reference points are wide and varied, and you do need to dive in deep with this album. No dipping toes in, or skirting around the fringes people. The opening guitar strains of 'Calm Before The Storm' are quite rough sounding, but once you are into the meat of the song, the melodies and the near jazz/prog solo section will turn you on your head. The riffs start flying on 'Remember', the whole song a melodic rock energizer bunny that US rockers 40ft Ringo would be proud of. The guitars are still churning out riffs on 'Until You' complete with another change-up jazzy solo section, and if that wasn't enough, Lyngboe gets away with a fourth rocker on the run with 'Man In Change'. The sole ballad on the album is 'Under My Skin', and what can I say, the Scandinavians are masters at ballads, and things are no different here. Then we've got the pairing of 'Calling You' and 'Over The Top', both heavier affairs, though still contagious with melody everywhere. The title track 'Keep On Coming Back' is jangly modern rock mostly, though the chorus heavies up a bit. Ronny Heimdal provides some interesting moments on 'Up The Wall', strutting guitars on the verses while the solo is the perfect counter foil. The intro to 'Blue Jean Girl' sounds like a modern rock maelstrom. Once you get beyond the musical storm, this is a catchy number in the vein of fellow Norwegians Stoneflower. The album closer 'Beyond The Edge ' takes us out on a gradual wind-down, the melodic soundscape an easy catch for the ear, west coast some would call it, others would say power-ballad. Whatever!

In Summary
If anything, toss out all references to On The Rise. That's in the past. 'Been there done that' as they say. Instead, this album should be squarely ranked alongside some of the harder rockin' acts that have come out Norway. Indeed, reference points such as Return, Stage Dolls and Street Legal are a better fit musically. The inclusion of Ronny Heimdal is inspired, because the guy has preferences to jazz-rock and prog, and you can hear how his unique rhythm work and solos integrates with Bennech's mainly melodic songs. Good value for money too, with twelve tracks spread over the space of 46 minutes. My guess is that many of these songs would sound better in a live environment, whether that happens remains to be seen. Still, a recommended hard-rock album for those of you who have trouble looking beyond your On The Rise blinkers and mindset!

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#1 | gdazegod on March 03 2006 21:10:33
I see our friend Bruce over at absolutely raves about this album! Meanwhile over at, Chris Lambert is only lukewarm on it, trying to compare it to On The Rise. Jeez.. get over it man.. Wait until Terje Eide gets his own stuff together for OTR Part II. Then start making comparisons!
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