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Union Mac - 2007 Lost In Translation



ARTIST: Union Mac
ALBUM: Lost In Attraction
LABEL: Escape Music
SERIAL: ESM 146
YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP:Kristoffer Lagerstrom - vocals, keyboards * Mikael Klevengard - guitars, keyboards * Imre Daun - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Bring Me In * 02 A Live * 03 Lost In Attraction * 04 I Am * 05 Fake * 06 Left To Need * 07 I Can't Believe * 08 Maria's Grace * 09 Fading *10 Pain * 11 Make Pretend * 12 Outside * 13 The Wale

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Background
Union Mac are primarily a duo - singer Kristoffer Lagerstrom and new guitar talent Mikael Klevengard. I don't know a lot about Klevengard, but Lagerstrom is well known through his musical collaborations with Tommy Denander, and all the spin-off bands thereof: namely Prisoner, Spin Gallery and of course Radioactive. The duo team up with well known Swedish drummer Imre Daun (Don Patrol, Kharma, Gypsy Rose): at best the Union Mac merger is a heavy one. There are a flurry of interesting keyboard effects, but for those preferring Lagerstrom's earlier works in the West Coast/AOR style, you'll need to leave the room - there will be nothing for you to hold onto. Klevengard's riffing dominates mainly, and so it should, it is a hard rocking album after all.


The Songs
Certainly their style is evident from the opening whistle. For me though, there is not a lot of variation throughout. The tempo, tonal structure and arrangements are all very similar, the only change-up moment (marginally so) is the ballad 'Fading' and the instrumental 'The Wale'. The second track 'A Live' had me questioning this album from an early stage. The vocals from Lagerstrom not quite doing it for me - and pretty soon I was reaching for the fast forward button. The title track 'Lost In Attraction' features a spoken word intro, but it didn't do anything for me - the stop start nature and the bland vocal didn't help. The majority of songs are all very good, but missing some ingredients. Despite this, there were some good moments. The opener 'Bring Me In' is probably the pick of the bunch. 'Fake' is a fast paced affair whilst 'Pain' sounded uncannily like a Radioactive tune. Everything else was a melodic blur. It needed moments of brilliance to stand out, unfortunately there were few highlights.


In Summary
There are some cool ideas on this album, but I came away very underwhelmed. What is all the fuss about I wonder? Somehow I have to question the judgement of mainly European websites who really can't see beyond the end of their pens for truthful reviewing sometimes.


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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 22:02:35
Really like this one, Good, solid songs with a slightly Progressive touch on a few and a definate Saga influence in there as well. Vocally this is excellent and I also love some of the Subtle Keyboard touches throughout. Maybe a little thin on the production side of things, but that is a minor niggle on what is an excellent disc over all.
 
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