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Linman - 1992 Heaven Calls



ARTIST: Linman
ALBUM: Heaven Calls
LABEL: Traccer Music
SERIAL: CHCD-012
YEAR: 1992

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Patrick Linman - vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, drums * Nicke Sebbas - guitars * Nicke Hoxell - keyboards * Clas Holm - bass, keyboards, drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Find Me Another Way * 02 Set Me Free * 03 Love Is No Lie * 04 Heaven Calls * 05 Just Don't Leave Me Alone * 06 Electric Crusade * 07 Everybody Wants Some Love * 08 Tell Me * 09 Rock And Roll Heals Me * 10 Pain And Ecstacy * 11 Day After Day * 12 Eyes Of The World


Background
I recall this album causing a bit of a stir on the AOR underground back in 1992. From Finland, Patrick Linman's musical style is closest to a guy like Stan Meissner. The fact that Linman plays all instruments and etches out a soundscape that mirrors Meissner's A&M material, was cause enough for many to seek this album out - but all to no avail, as this proved harder to track down than Osama Bin Laden in an Afghani Womens Refuge! There is a midwest tinge to this album too, with a couple of acoustic efforts thrown in for good measure.


The Songs
There's a few songs on offer here - twelve no less. It's highly addictive pop/rock, we'll tell you about a few of them. That Meissner like flavour can easily be found on the first two tracks 'Find Me Another Way' and 'Set Me Free'. Both very good tunes. 'Love Is No Lie' is a sweet ballad with a tremendous chorus, while the title track is hi-tech pop/rock in the vein of German popsters Channel 5. The guitar solo is rather excellent too. The acoustic guitar plays a prominent role in both 'Just Don't Leave Me Alone' and the Delta Blues swagger of 'Electric Crusade' - the latter is somewhat different to the rest of the album. 'Tell Me' and 'Day After Day' are a couple of ballads, which are kinda boring unfortunately. 'Rock N' Roll Heals Me' is a great uptempo rocker in the style of Worrall, 'Pain And Ecstacy' tries hard to follow in the same direction, but the best track for me is in fact the last. 'Eyes Of The World', had it been the template for the rest of the album would've seen 'Heavens Call' as an absolute classic. Hearing this one convinces me that Linman has indeed got the goods to deliver some half decent music.


In Summary
Mostly this is a good album - though Linman strains to hit the high notes on the vocals on most of the songs, he more than makes up for it in the musical department. This album was pretty hard to come by at the time, unless you were living in Finland. Though it's been awhile, Linman has still been quite active in the music industry since. His name has cropped up quite often in the Eurovision Song Contest nominees coming out Finland, though his songs have never been successful. I guess that country will be looking for genres other than pop/rock if the success of shock-rockers Lordi was anything to go by.


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