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Angeline - 2011 Disconnected

ARTIST: Angeline
ALBUM: Disconnected
LABEL: Avenue Of Allies
SERIAL: 11-16-0036
YEAR: 2011
SPONSOR: Gregor Klee


LINEUP: Jocke Nilsson - vocals, guitars * Janne Arkegren - guitars * Uffe Nilsson - bass * Tobbe Jonsson - drums

Guests: Micke Stenberg - backing vocals * Johan Boback - strings ('Solid Ground')

TRACK LISTING: 01 When The Lights Go Down * 02 Falling Into You * 03 Take A Little Time * 04 I Had Enough * 05 Run Run Run * 06 Found * 07 Disconnected * 08 In Times Like These * 09 Solid Ground * 10 If It's The Last Thing I Do * 11 First Time Around * 12 Way Down


WEBLINKS: www.angelinetheband.se

Angeline were the band we first become aware of during 2010. Resurrected into the 21st century by popular demand, these unashamed 80's rockers with ages that are way past their modern day contemporaries prove that age is no boundary. When compared to golden oldies such as The Rolling Stones and The Who, Angeline are comparative youngsters. This is Angeline's second album on Avenue On Allies, and is a much more solid record all round. Whereas 'Confessions' might have been a collection of old and recent ideas, 'Disconnected' despite its name - is totally connected from a songwriting perspective. There is much to enjoy here, and it's high time we took a deeper look.

The Songs
In the previous review I did of this band, I mentioned the modern aspects of Harem Scarem. That still applies second time around, plus fellow Swedes Ignition (where is this band now?) are a very good comparison. This is immediately apparent on the opening tune 'When The Lights Go Down'. 'Falling Into You' is a cruisy modern sounding number with loads of melody, while 'Take A Little Time' leaves the 80's fare behind and settles into modern rock that the kids of today will feel at home with. The pounding drum beat heard on 'I Had Enough' gives it ample energy, allowing the song to seek out many influences and examples. 'Run Run Run' could be any number of bands ranging from AC/DC type clones to modern day rockers with fire in the belly. 'Found' has a sort-of Enuff Znuff style about it, the big Def Leppard like choruses are an absolute winner too. The title track is next, it's full of ideas, particularly taken from Bon Jovi if you ask me. Listen to the lyrics and you'll get the picture, plus the vocoder parts a la Richie Sambora. No complaints from me, as no one really apes Bon Jovi anymore, only Journey! 'In Times Like These' opens up with some growly guitar and a slower tempo, but again, Angeline deliver a great chorus, turning an ordinary song into something a bit better. 'Solid Ground' should appeal to all those who enjoyed the Swedish pop/AOR of Houston or Sencelled, it's a bright and lush slice of melodica, slightly different to what's gone before but welcomed warmly nonetheless. Taking the anthemic route, 'If It's The Last Thing I Do' is more modern pop/rock, swinging in a direction that bought Melee a bunch of plaudits during 2007. The stomping groove rocker 'First Time Around' is one of my album highlights. I happened to play this track over and over, so that says something surely.. Finishing up with 'Way Down', the groove is continued, a polished finale on what is a great little CD.

In Summary
Kudos to Gregor Klee for giving the Angeline guys another opportunity to show their wares. I must say, I think I enjoyed this album more than its predecessor 'Confessions', no doubt the band have kicked on solidly since 2010, and this has manifested in what is possibly Angeline's finest moment. 'Disconnected' comes highly recommended.

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