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Indigo - 2009 Reach Out

ARTIST: Indigo
ALBUM: Reach Out
LABEL: Feedback Records
YEAR: 2009


LINEUP: Michael Olofsson - vocals, guitars * Fredric Thomsen - guitars * Josef Brengesj” - bass * Marcus Severinsson - keyboards, backing vocals * Rasmus Ryefalk - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Back To You * 02 Open Your Eyes * 03 New Song * 04 I'm Free * 05 Alive * 06 Feeling So Strong * 07 Save Me * 08 My Lifetime * 09 All I've Got * 10 Not Prepared * 11 By My Side * 12 Stay Forever



Just how this Swedish outfit flew past everyone's radars earlier this year remains a mystery to us all in AOR and West Coast land. They must've perfected stealth technology up there in the icy North, either that or somebody did a poor job marketing this album to all and sundry. We get to review Indigo's debut belatedly months after the fact, and that's a damn shame, because this is bloody good. If this had been offered to the media on time, Indigo may be further down the path of progress, more so than where they are now. The band originally started out in Jonkoping, and their early days was mainly as a duo (Olofsson and Brengesj”). With Christian concepts behind them, the duo gradually expanded to a full band set up. Influences include Toto, Michael Learns To Rock, Broke N Blue (without the female vocals), Fatal Attraction and John Waite. Certainly, singer Michael Olofsson is a near clone of Waite's intrinsic vocal style. Occasionally they'll stray into Swedish AOR/West Coast occupied by the likes of Work Of Art, but at this stage they don't carry the racy dynamics of that great band, maybe one day soon?

The Songs
Everything I've described above can be evidenced in the first minutes of the opener 'Back To You', a track that has Broke N Blue characteristics. 'Open Your Eyes' and 'New Song' are both cool rockers with dissimilar attributes, though both contain subtle Christian lyrics. Probably the strongest song on offer here is 'I'm Free', capturing the essence of Swedish West Coast/AOR to perfection. Not far behind is the laid back groove of 'Alive', which could very well be a John Waite tune. 'Feeling So Strong' borrows heavily from Toto's 'Only You' (refer 'Kingdom Of Desire'), with 'Save Me' pulling off some funky moves in the vein of Danish heroes Michael Learns To Rock. 'My Lifetime' has a cool Toto like groove with some coarse guitarwork, while the aforementioned John Waite is a strong musical flavour on the poppy 'Not Prepared'. The modern melodies of 'By My Side' reconfirm what decade these boys are living in.

In Summary
A nice little CD this one, with a sound that hard core fans of Swedish West Coast/AOR will appreciate. If you're a fan of any of the artists mentioned in this review, then you really should give this a listen. It would be good to see a second album sometime in 2010 as these lads have cast their reputation in stone now. Recommended.

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#1 | roadrunner158 on November 30 2009 10:33:15
Very good release, but somehow I can't warm to the vocals of Michael Olofsson. Songwriting and instrumental performances are top notch, though.
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