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H.E.A.T (Sweden) - 2012 Address The Nation



ARTIST: H.E.A.T (Sweden)
ALBUM: Address The Nation
LABEL: Ear Music
SERIAL: 0207718ERE
YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Eric Grönwall - vocals * Dave Dalone - guitars * Eric Rivers - guitars * Jona Tee - keyboards * Jimmy Jay - bass * Crash - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Breaking The Silence * 02 Living On The Run * 03 Falling Down * 04 The One And Only * 05 Better Off Alone * 06 In And Out Of Trouble * 07 Need Her * 08 Heartbreaker * 09 It's All About Tonight * 10 Downtown

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WEBLINKS: www.heatsweden.com


Background
Always a favourite here at GLORYDAZE, Sweden's H.E.A.T just seem to be getting better and better since their bigtime arrival on the scene in 2008. We've reviewed all of their albums to date, and we weren't going to let 2012 slide by without casting our eyes and ears over their latest effort 'Address The Nation'. Of course, we all recall the departure of former singer Kenny Leckremo around about the time of their second full release 'Freedom Rock', and wondered how the band would survive beyond his exit. Well they have, the talented Erik Grönwall who came to prominence during the 2009 series of Swedish Idol signed on as the new vocalist in 2010, and gave the Firefest audience their first impression during that year's festival. It's taken two years for the band to deliver this new album but the wait has been worth it. At the time, I thought 'Freedom Rock' was a bit of a let-down when compared to their debut, but thankfully 'Address The Nation' returns the band to the 'most favoured status' category, where they rightfully belong. Sure, the knives came out after 'Freedom Rock' with many declaring them as pretenders, and quite rightfully so. But considering where many of the 80's melodic rockers from Sweden are now (non-existent, or barking up the wrong tree.. Europe.. are you reading this?), I think the pretenders tag can be thrown away. Only a handful of bands are playing this style now, and H.E.A.T just happen to be at the top of the pile for mine..


The Songs
It's a big boisterous opening on 'Breaking The Silence', Aces High like riffarama and coupled with that massive wall of stacked vocal shout-outs, it makes for an impressive introduction. Air keyboardists get ready for the dynamic 'Living On The Run', an AOR anthem for the masses. Very cool. 'Falling Down' is another that gets my vote of confidence, a rockin' tune with commercial leanings. The band take the foot off the pedal for the captivating ballad 'The One And Only' which must surely be aimed at radio such is its appeal. It's back to the H.E.A.T-land with 'Better Off Alone', containing the (by now) trademark H.E.A.T sound and style. The keyboard solo from Jona Tee is pretty cool too. Now for something completely different, the band introduce the saxophone as the co-lead instrument for the impressive 'In And Out Of Trouble'. Now before you start condemning this, take a listen and see how they've integrated the sax within the song. It works really well, and the dual lead guitar and sax interplay is fantastic. The song is one of my favourites on the disc. It's followed by the equally cool 'Need Her', which sees H.E.A.T revert to a style that is the Stage Dolls template. A simply structured song but delivered with finesse. 'Heartbreaker' with its big vocal chants heads into the arena a la Eurovision, it has too much of a generic flavour. 'It's All About Tonight' has a great bluesy rock vibe sort of like Tora Tora and a whole bunch of bands from that late 80's/early 90's era. The best track is left till last.. 'Downtown' is an atmospheric number with lots of keyboard work providing the dark backdrop. It's anthemic too, the chorus particularly appealing.


In Summary
The good thing with 'Address The Nation' is that the album is not over-extended. Just ten tracks delivered sharp and crisp. Like a pizza delivery man who turns up on time with the required product cooked to perfection. It's inevitable that the band will still carry detractors with them wherever they go. You can't please everyone. However, I believe this album goes a long way to rectifying the misgivings of those 2010 releases. It might be touch shy of being the album of the year (as stated by Rock Report.be), but it'll still rank highly by the time the end of the year ratings are made. Buy with confidence.


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#1 | gdazegod on June 04 2012 03:16:21
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#2 | englandashes on June 04 2012 18:01:03
Great album, one of the best melodic rock records released in 2012, Downtown is a great tune, stuck right at the end.
#3 | george_the_jack on June 05 2012 22:47:34
Excellent album! Eric Gronwall has proved all his non-believers wrong as he has fitted in with the lads amazingly so far! Great hooks, melodies and a superb production are what we've got here! Sheer brilliance and certainly one of the albums of the year.
#4 | jeffrey343 on July 08 2012 04:22:28
When Leckremo left, I was concerned that this great band would suffer. I was one of the minority that thought "Freedom Rock" was a step forward, and I sure didn't want these guys to pack it in. Well, Gronwall has turned out to be even better. This is a pretty darn near epic album. The track order is perfect for the songs on here. This will remain in heavy rotation for years, along with the 2008 Marcello Vestry, 2009 KISS, 2010 Treat, and 2011 White Widdow albums.

If I have any quibbles with this album, it is that I'd like the lyrics to be a bit stronger in places. There is nothing that is remotely cringe-worthy on here, but I think a couple of songs don't work as well lyrically as they could have. The main example is "The Only One". This is as good a power ballad as there is, and there are some great lyrics in there. But I'm not really getting the "one and only" thing. He's leaving her because he wants to be "the one and only" - the "one and only" what? I can overlook it because the song is still great, and the lyrics leading up to that are top notch. But the lyrical payoff is not as strong as I'd like. This is where I think U.S. rockers still have a bit of an edge. The lyrics in the 3 Doors Down and Daughtry albums last year are airtight. And for a perfect example of a breakup song, listen to "Not Meant To Be" by Theory Of A Deadman. That is poetry.

That minor issue aside, this will be hard to beat for my favorite album of the year. It's one of those that I can play no matter my mood.
#5 | kim_hp on July 26 2013 13:47:58
Exit guitarist and founding member Dave Dalone. Not only an excellent guitarist, but together with keyboardist Jona Tee the main driving force behind much of the music. This is a major blow back for H.E.A.T. and without the twin guitar pairing of Eric Rivers and Dalone this band will never be the same.
#6 | george_the_jack on October 13 2013 00:50:45
What Kim says above is something that I've just been informed and I'm really sorry about it! I've seen the band 3 times so far and always got the impression that Dalone is the main driving force behind the band's successful recipe. Of course all players are great musicians individually but Dave is an exceptional player that only someone who has seen him live can testify how good he really is. The band are set to return in early 2014 with a new album but I seriously fear that things won't be the same anymore. What a shame for one of the most exciting new bands of the last several years...
#7 | ROBERT on June 08 2014 22:54:42
FANTASTIC, two songs super favotire's:
livind on the run, in and out of trouble
 
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