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Miss Behaviour - 2011 Last Woman Standing



ARTIST: Miss Behaviour
ALBUM: Last Woman Standing
LABEL: Avenue Of Allies
SERIAL: 11 01 0021
YEAR: 2011
SPONSOR: Gregor Klee

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Sebastian Roos - vocals, bass * Erik Helkne - guitars * Henrik Sproge - keyboards * Anders Berlin - drums

Guests: Roland Grapow - 2nd guitar solo 'Perfect War' * Kajsa Berg - vocals duet 'Last Woman Standing' * Daniel Gese - drums, percussion 'Till We Meet Again'

TRACK LISTING: 01 1988 * 02 Cynthia * 03 Give Her A Sign * 04 Perfect War * 05 Average Hero * 06 Till We Meet Again * 07 Taking Hostage * 08 Emergency * 09 Living The Dream * 10 Last Woman Standing * 11 11th Hour

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WEBLINKS: www.missbehaviour.se


Background
Miss Behaviour are a Swedish outfit, previously reviewed here by Chris (englandashes) courtesy of their 2006 album 'Heart Of Midwinter'. The band also have connections to another well heeled Swedish outfit in Shineth, with their rhythm section of Sebastian Roos and Anders Berlin joining up with MB after the release of 'Heart Of Midwinter'. In fact, MB had tentacles into other bands as well - going back to their inception in 2003, including Pole Position, Eclipse and Narnia, meaning the experience being brought through onto MB's brand new album 'Last Woman Standing' is rather extensive, and it shows with their music, which is classy keyboard oriented melodic rock. It's quite close to the style of H.E.A.T with a few variations along the way.


The Songs
The groovy atmospheric intro to the opener '1988' is very cool, as are those lovely keyboard parps. It could very well be 1988 on the timeline clock! Harmony vocals abound on the second track 'Cynthia', a tough rocker all round, the chorus was a slight let down though. 'Give Her A Sign' comes from the same school as past decade efforts from Deacon Street, Radioactive etc, a very pop based structure which folds into the chorus quite nicely. 'Perfect War' is a perfect deception, disguised as a power ballad, but the rhythm guitars are very heavy, the whole song coming off as bombastic. On 'Average Hero', Miss Behaviour have got the recipe just about right. On this one, they touch on the sound that made Finnish band Free Spirit one of my favourites of 2009. The ballad 'Til We Meet Again' has been on heavy rotation as our video on the site front page. It's quite a clever video, about a woman who dies in a car accident, but you don't realise this until the end of the video. Cool song though, with big juicy keyboards all the way through. Incorporating all the European elements of melodic rock into 'Taking Hostage', MB demonstrate they have what it takes in comparison to their rivals. 'Emergency' is another of the standout tracks played in a Journey/The Storm like fashion. 'Living The Dream' is surely a nod to fellow Swedes H.E.A.T, a big full sound, with a poppy/singalong vibe despite the keyboard incisions and razor sharp guitar work. The title track 'Last Woman Standing' featuring Kajsa Berg on female duet vocals could be the melodic rock version of Nightwish but without the dramatic aspects which make up the Finn's music. The last song '11th Hour' includes a prominent staggered drum part throughout, the song itself has a prog sound to it, not unlike fellow Swedes Seventh Wonder.


In Summary
I'm pretty certain that many of you melodic rock and AOR fans will find this very palatable. As I mentioned at the start, fans of Swedes H.E.A.T should see many similarities, along with the other comparative acts that were mentioned in the review. Of the batch of four Avenue Of Allies releases for January 2011, this is by far the most melodic, with Moritz coming in second. A nice album, a good start for the 2011 year.


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#1 | gdazegod on January 26 2011 00:55:33
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#2 | george_the_jack on February 05 2011 12:38:39
Don't get fooled by the 'glam-ish' cover and name of the band.This is AOR and what an AOR album it is.
This is pure class! Swedish melodic rock/AOR of the highest order.Where Europe meats H.E.A.T. As for the production, is the best I've heard for a long time.One of the winners of the year even if we've just entered 2011!
#3 | swazi on February 05 2011 16:58:39
Awesome stuff!
#4 | Jez on July 20 2011 12:06:16
Fantastic album and a better ballad than 'Till We Meet Again' you definitely won't hear anytime soon. The Scandie boys do it (Yet) again.
#5 | jeffrey343 on September 16 2014 04:42:15
I got this about a year after it came out, but it didn't make much of an impression on me at the time. Since the buzz is good on their upcoming album, I figured I'd revisit this one. I'm not sure how this didn't really impress me two years ago. It is a little more on the symphonic rock side in places than what I usually prefer, but not as much as I initially thought. And Roos' vocals aren't the type that immediately grab me (they're not bad, though, by any means). But upon further review, there are some great tunes on here. "Emergency" is the one that really stands out. And "Last Woman Standing" is one that has grown on me - it gets pretty spectacular when the pace picks up halfway through.

I don't really get the H.E.A.T references as much as others do. This review was written before the latest two H.E.A.T albums, so that may be part of it.

If "Double Agent" is even better than this (and I'm anxiously awaiting George's take on it), then I'll be pretty happy.
#6 | gdazegod on September 16 2014 13:17:30
I'm listening to 'Double Agent' at the moment. Scratching my head TBH.. Need to give it a few more listens before I commit pen to paper.
#7 | jeffrey343 on September 16 2014 15:08:13
George - maybe you need to give it two years then. That's about what it took for me to really get into this one Grin
 
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