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Spin Gallery - 2009 Embrace



ARTIST: Spin Gallery
ALBUM: Embrace
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 441
YEAR: 2009

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Kristoffer lagerstrom - vocals * Tommy Denander - guitars, keyboards, bass

Guests:
Robin Beck - co lead vocal (Just A Momentary Why) * Dan Reed - co lead vocal (You Do The Things You Do) * Glen Marks - drums, percussion * Marika Willstedt - cello

TRACK LISTING: 01 Embrace * 02 Stone By Stone * 03 Just A Momentary Why * 04 Brilliance Of The Drugs * 05 Eyes Wide Open * 06 Blood In My Veins * 07 You Do The Things You Do * 08 Indulge * 09 Without Love * 10 Tic Tac * 11 Everything Fades * 12 The End

RATING:


Background
If you remember from 2004, Sweden's Spin Gallery arrived on the scene with three singers in tow. A decent album 'Standing Tall' was released, and now five years later 'Embrace' is the latest Spin Gallery outing, minus two of its vocal triumvirate. The band/project has been reduced to the duo of Kristoffer Lagerstrom and Tommy Denander, with additional guests on lead vocals, plus a drummer and cello player. The pair have spent the previous 18 months working on the album, and it shows, as the whole thing is immaculately presented. To my ears, it's much better than 'Standing Tall', the vocal harmonies lifts the roof off at times and the mix of songs are polished beyond shine.


The Songs
The album has twelve songs. It has a modern feel, and flows nicely. That is, the songs don't shift drastically across the musical spectrum, keeping the listeners centered. Denander creates the vibe on the opener 'Embrace', an interesting selection of instruments that allows Lagerstrom to float over the top vocally. 'Stone By Stone' has a jazzy/fusion feel, but opens up on the chorus. 'Just A Momentary Why' features Robin Beck on co lead vocal. I like the song, but I would've liked to have heard Robin on other material, as this acoustic/electrical is really just a teaser. Unusual title yes, but 'Brilliance Of The Drugs' is a rocker with a brooding presence, not unlike Toto during their 'Kingdom Of Desire' era. 'Eyes Wide Open' is another track with trademark Denander attributes, racy guitars, plinky keyboard lines.. it's all here. The acoustic ballad 'Blood In My Veins' is less interesting, we then move into the Dan Reed featured vocal of 'You Do The Things You Do', an upbeat tune with a happy vibe despite the family conflict lyrics contained within. 'Indulge' is a sweet mid-tempo ballad, smooth for the most part, with huge melodies and while 'Without Love' might try to reinvent that late 80's hi-tech funk scene, you're still left with the impression that this is 2009 and not 1989! More modern synth effects grace the intriguing 'Tic Tac', a slow burner with a hint of Third Matinee in the mix. Nothing complicated with 'Everything Fades', a straight-ahead rocker that pulses along nicely. The six minute mini-epic 'The End' closes the show, it does take a while to build up momentum, Denander closing up shop with some fiery guitar for a good two minutes.


In Summary
Give this album a few run-throughs. There is enough interesting material, enough variety to keep punters interested. It's not really a heavy album, things are kept in check. Probably this is best for west coast and AOR followers, heavy rockers should move on down the highway.. lol


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