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Chriss, Anders - 2010 Volatility



ARTIST: Chriss, Anders
ALBUM: Volatility
LABEL: A Tale Untold
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: All songs, written, recorded and produced by Anders Christensen

TRACK LISTING: 01 The One * 02 Call On Me * 03 Little Man * 04 Turntables * 05 Good Lies * 06 Don't Tell Me * 07 Run Out Of Love * 08 Change The Weather * 09 All Shall Fade

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WEBLINKS: anderschriss.com


Background
There are a number of songs I hold dear to my heart. The fact that they all have one thing in common being that they are the output of singer songwriters. I would mention that those responsible are the likes of Ke (a.k.a Kevin Grivois) with 'I Don't Wanna Go', Michael McDermott with 'Forgotten', Troy Newman's stunning track 'It's Like This' and really anything from Kevin Gilbert, all coming from great albums, and artists that I will be referring back to during this review. When I propose to add this album by Anders Chriss to that list, it will give you an idea of how much I like this CD and the special song 'Little Man', being my our personal highlight. So who is Anders Chriss?, well I have found a splattering of reviews, something I was oblivious to at the time of purchase, which gave, well sort of favourable feedback (maybe I have had longer to indulge in the quality) and not knowing really where to place Anders in terms of genre. Well I'm not going to try to label him, although you will find lots of artists I have mentioned, which if you list them together, then the description would run into many pages, so one size doesn't always fit all. Back to the 'who do you think you are' section, to give him his full name, of Anders Christensen, hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden and seems to have spent the last 7 years travelling around China and Taiwan, nice if you can spare the time! But he has spent some of his time (when not clocking up the air miles) to produce a blinding, imaginative album that I have immensely enjoyed listening too.


The Songs
'The One' opens up with quiet acoustic strumming together with a vocal effect which is only prevalent to this track. Song structure together with the vocals remind me of a mix of Ke and Angie Aparo, stunning chorus and sounds not of this earth that close the song. However it's the pre-chorus and chorus that just burns a hole in your forehead and keeps you returning to it playing in your mind, just as night follows day and England underperform again (get over it Christopher!).

'Call On Me' has some funky sounds but mingled with a more earthy vocal style (have a good cough and you will feel better!) but again there is a real melodic rock portion of the tune, before returning to the underlying groove. It's not speedy, but a melodic sound in terms of warmth, feeling and emotion, with a real autumn tinge.

Next up is, 'Little Man' which has one of the best riffs and has become one of the best songs I have heard all year. Mixed with, well, electronic, dance floor and becomes the most absurd tune I've heard since the great T'Ride. The dank, growl vocals is the telling factor to make an excellent tune and downright catchy number.

'Turntables' had me flicking through my book of purchases to come up with likeness of Ben Arnold, Billy Pilgrim mixed with Nickelback. Song writing expertise of Kevin Gilbert brings a Midwest feel all the way from Gothenburg, not many deserts there I would wager upon.

The velocity is increased with 'Good Lies' another display of melodic warmth to his vocals. Some real strange sounds come out of his guitar and keyboards, like Muse and Rammstein without the 18 certificate.

Dropping down the gears with 'Don't Tell Me' but still keeps the Muse ingredient, but not spoiling it too much by adding the odd Radiohead moment to the mix. With 'Run Out Of Love' the vocals are a bit more dark, with some little high pitches but contains a real AOR chorus, more mellow in tone with a touch of Dan Reed, again a simple but another great tune.

You will find another stunning chorus on 'Change The Weather', more acoustic based, but mind, that doesn't mean slow, a likeness of Venice (without needing to include the whole family), PFR and Troy Newman. Some mouth organ which reminds me of The Wallflowers, check out the soundtrack to television's 'The Guardian'. There was a time when albums by singer songwriters were quite the craze, the old 'Frontline' fanzine always seem to cover this genre very well.

The last track, 'All Shall Fade' contains a beautiful piano piece, vocals deep; resonate to provide an outstanding ballad. Quality throughout and if you enjoyed the lighter moments of Age Sten Nilsen's last album, especially the track 'Don't' then it's worth picking up this album.


In Summary
Yes, I agree, this may not appeal to all, but I have always been a bit leftfield, but if you are looking for something else, and enjoy running up hills backwards, or driving around roundabouts the wrong way this maybe right up your street. Anders seems not to follow the order of governance and therefore increasingly side steps conformity, a confident performance, and when its mention that all songs are written, recorded and produced by Anders Christensen, identifies one clever chap. Anders is a versatile singer, able to swing his voice around stunning lyrics, being ordinary is not an option. For intriguing and enquiring minds.


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