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Last Autumns Dream - 2007 Saturn Skyline



ARTIST: Last Autumns Dream
ALBUM: Saturn Skyline
LABEL: Escape Music
SERIAL: ESM 145
YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Mikael Erlandsson - vocals * Andy Malecek - guitars * Marcel Jacob - bass * Jamie Borger - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 For The Young And The Wild * 02 After Tomorrow's Gone * 03 Pages * 04 Rock'n Roll Is Saving My Soul * 05 I Know A Lot About Love * 06 Critical * 07 Supersonic * 08 Frozen Heart * 09 American Girl * 10 Domino * 11 Still On The Run * 12 Skyscraper (bonus)

RATING:

WEBLINKS: www.myspace.com/lastautumnsdream


Background
Previously, I had reviewed this band's second album 'II' back in 2005. I wasn't that impressed to be honest. I didn't slag the thing off completely, unlike many other rock sites at the time. My disappointment was based around the fact that the band personnel all came from strong backgrounds, yet produced some of the weakest and unexciting music befitting their talent. 'Saturn Skyline' is now the band's fourth effort, a quick turnaround from the band, who released their third effort 'Winter In Paradise' some eight months earlier, and who it appears, can produce music like pulling rabbits from a hat! Does that mean the music is as throwaway as a magician with a wand? In the case of 'Saturn Skyline'? No, this is quite good actually - much better than their previous stuff that I've heard. Why is that? Well firstly, Mikael Erlandsson is sounding harder rockin', with a bit of an edge to his voice, though when he tones it down, it does veer to the Robbie Williams side of the couch.. Guitarist Andy Malecek, who I really rate as a six-stringer also gets more room to exert his considerable talent. I think the song selection is much better too.


The Songs
The opening track 'For The Young & The Wild' covers all the hard rock bases - genre wise, the guitar tone of Malecek flips into Malmsteen mode for the solo. I really liked 'After Tomorrows Gone', with its obvious Talisman references, but the chorus is a different beast altogether, melodic, in the vein of Glen Burtnick. That can only be a good thing right? The tempo is lifted for 'Pages', a surging modern rocker, it's surpassed by the big singalong ballad on the album is the sweeping 'Rock N Roll Is Saving My Soul'. This one could be a Robbie Williams outtake.. I can imagine this being sung at Wembley by the 'alienated one'!! The next track 'I Know A Lot About Love' suffers from the samey sound that has bedevilled many a band signed to the Frontiers label (L.A.D used to be signed to Frontiers.. one wonders whether it is an outtake from those earlier sessions?). 'Critical' is perhaps the hardest tune onboard, it's followed by the nu-breed sounding 'Supersonic', the songtitle even smells of nu-breed! lol! Did the band have a session listening to Steve Overland and FM? How then did two songs called 'Frozen Heart' and 'American Girl' get on the album without any reference to FM's 'Indiscreet' LP? I guess the answer would be sheer coincidence! The last two tracks ('Domino' and 'Still On The Run') typify the traditional L.A.D sound from previous albums, nothing earth shattering here, but not too bad either.


In Summary
Overall the sound on this album is much better. Still veers down the poppier side of melodic hard rock for my liking, but 'Saturn Skyline's is a vast improvement on their earlier material. Hopefully they retain the recipe for their next effort, and keep working at the things that work well for them. Whether that's enough for the die-hard melodic hard rocker to take an interest in the band after four albums.. well, that remains to be seen.


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#1 | Jez on January 09 2009 01:10:59
Definately the best of their releases up to then in terms of quality of material and overall consistency. Good to see that the lousy production that cost them big marks on their first two albums, well and truly sorted.
 
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