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Last Autumns Dream - 2012 Nine Lives



ARTIST: Last Autumns Dream
ALBUM: Nine Lives
LABEL: GMR
SERIAL: GMRCD9031
YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Mikael Erlandsson - lead, backing vocals, keyboards * Andy Malecek - lead guitar * Jamie Borger - drums, percussion, backing vocals * Nalley Pahlsson - bass, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 In A Perfect World * 02 Nine Lives * 03 Is This Just Another Heartache * 04 Merry-Go-Round * 05 Golden Cage * 06 All I Can Think Of * 07 Megalomania * 08 The Last To Know * 09 Angel Eyes * 10 We Never Said Goodbye * 11 Don't Let Love Fade Away

RATING:

WEBLINKS: www.myspace.com/lastautumnsdre


Background
Last Autumn's Dream seem to issue albums as often as banks dish out bonuses, the only difference is that these guys deserve the praise I am about to heaped upon their shoulders, much like I have already stressed in my review in 2009 with 'Dreamcatcher'. In fact two more releases have followed since then, even before I've had time to catch my breath with yet another album reviewed here, early in 2012. This being album number, hence the album title no doubt, again via GMR Music, so why have the normal melodic rock labels fallen out with Last Autumn's Dream? Well it comes in a very smart package which bears the first image of the 'Rubik's Cube' first discovered in excavations in Egypt, (which England subsequently pinched and is now on display in the Natural History Museum in London no doubt). All joking aside, I feel you just can't go wrong with this band, the song per hour they produce is quite staggering and while I have seen reviews elsewhere criticising this album due to the overall frequency which has, they claim, led to a lowering of standards, I would push that back by commenting: actually review the album first to show you have actually listened to it, rather than just listing the promo information (in my opinion that does not constitute a review, however brief) and then only wait for peoples comments to do the job for you (are you insinuating Rock Report.be by any chance? lol.. Ed); and secondly - look at the likes of Def Leppard, Gun's N Roses, Motley Crue.. Were their last albums really worth the wait?


The Songs
Fast becoming the pacemaker for the melodic rock community, they set off at quite a hectic pace with the opener 'In A Perfect World', yes and if we had one of those, Last Autumn's Dream would be massive, and I agree it's like countless songs they produce, memorable, hummable, a perfect balance.

This perfection is further evidenced by the title track, which is slightly less restrained, more rough around the edges, like a cat arriving back home after a night on the tiles, (honestly how long before we insert a feline connection?....steady tiger!)

I'll jump to two of my favourite's tracks on the album, the first being 'Merry-go-round', which sounds as if they have swallowed large portions of Cheap Trick sugary cake, plus a cream topping of Boys Of The Band. The Trick likeness is unmistakably 'Surrender' which if my memory serves my correctly they covered on 'A Touch Of Heaven', but whatever you dietary requirements are its one to get your musical taste buds going, you will continue this craving until it is quenched by 'Megalomania'. This is the second helping of greatness and whenever I talk about greatness then Big Money are never far behind. This tune includes all the cheekiness of those zany Swedes. Still yet to feature here amazingly. Even the title itself draws association; maybe it was from a lost third album? The song is excellent, built on pop inspired piano dabbing and the intelligence of song writing last seen nestle in Age Sten Nilsen's (Wig Wam) last solo album.

Yes in the past, they have relied on some inspired covers, but this time there are none of those, instead we get two favourably suitable collaborations. One by the man, Queen should have picked.. being Jeff Scott Soto, he lends his dulcet tones to 'The Last To Know', while 'Angel Eyes' feature Jenny Redenkvist, together they both help to carry off scandi magic. An addition on both counts that multiplies the plus points, rather than any subtraction. The history of Talisman seems to have been resurrected to great effect, with the sugar coated melodies.

One of the most interesting tunes is 'Golden Cage' mixing a beefed up Stage Dolls with the youth of Sunrise Avenue, coming from the pen of newest member Nalley Pahlsson. Of course this guy has got pedigree, Treat and he also appeared on Brian Robertson's, 'Diamonds And Dirt' release during 2011. Itself it is quite an understated tune, so don't let it pass you by, I was much impressed.

As with 'All I Can Think Of', which has a Captain Ahab sized hook which can be anticipated as it lies below the verse before it reaches the surface, with a huge eruption of catchable harmonies being shot from the blowhole.

Quality still continues to the end, with the Mark Spiro feeling of yet another Jamie Borger tune',We Never Said Goodbye' name me another drummer that is such a pillar of the group in terms of songwriting.


In Summary
I think you would struggle to find any other group in recent years that can measure up to the string of releases that Last Autumn's Dream has had. It is so good that when I need a melodic fix I can rely on my old favourites to keep my levels at a sustainable level, and with 'Nine Lives', they prescribe yet another dose of melodic medicine. Between them these guys have started they own cottage industry and are self-sufficient in producing great songs, with just a little help from collabators in terms of songwriters, like long term partner Claes Andreasson. Why should I be surprised, look at the foundations, Fair Warning, Salute, Crash, Treat the list goes on. If they keep producing, I will keep on buying, they are the midfield engine of AOR, and still able to turn on the flair when required, no doubt, another album is probably already in the works, looking forward to it already.


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#1 | englandashes on March 03 2012 13:11:42
Yes GD, great spot!
#2 | gdazegod on March 03 2012 13:24:35
Yes Chris, that much was obvious. CL over at Rock Report isn't known for his detailed incursions into an album review.. it wasn't the first and it surely won't be the last.. lol!
#3 | george_the_jack on March 03 2012 19:53:54
Too much mustard by this band...
 
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