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State Of Salazar - 2012 Lost My Way

ARTIST: State Of Salazar
ALBUM: Lost My Way
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2012
SPONSOR: Marcus Nygren


LINEUP: Marcus Nygren - vocals * Johan Thuresson - guitars * Stefan Mortenson - keyboards * Johannes Hansson - bass * Kristian Brun - drums

Additional Musicians: Anna Latt Nyboe - co lead vocals #6 * Johan Pihleke - organ * Fredrik Gustafsson - trumpet * Oskar Appelgren - saxophone * Jannike Stenlund - violin

TRACK LISTING: 01 When Heroes Fall * 02 The Blind Man * 03 Confession * 04 Lost My Way With With You * 05 I Believe In You * 06 Lie To Me (With Anna Lat Nyboe) * 07 Adrian



Earlier in the year, I took great pleasure in listening to and reviewing the excellent Sonic Station album originating out of Sweden. Coming back for seconds, is another Swedish outfit who have similar traits, this lot are called State Of Salazar. Unusual name yes? Well, don't be put off, as these Malmö based lads deliver West Coast as if born to it! Formed back in 2010 by five guys attending the Malmö Academy of Music, their debut album/EP is called 'Lost My Way', but I can tell you right from the outset that this lot do not need a compass, nor are they anything but lost! Firmly camped in the West Coast/AOR divide, I think we'll be hearing more from this quintet in the future.

The Songs
'When Heroes Fall' is a classy L.A styled slice of West Coast/AOR with big harmony vocals, brass parts and a vocal delivery the equal of that bloke in Soleil Moon and Michael Thompson Band. 'The Blind Man' takes a eye-poke at classic Swedish West Coast. Think Time Gallery, Indigo, and the more recent State Cows. There's certainly a dab of David Foster style in the arrangement. Big shoes to fill for sure! It's ballad time on 'Confession', many influences here, the most obvious being Chicago with the trumpet of Jimmy Pankow and flashy guitar work a la Dwyane Bailey providing me with some reminders. 'Lost My Way With You' is surely a copy-cat of Sonic Station, and that can only be good, as that CD is gonna feature in my top 10 albums of the year for sure. This track though is pumping, melodic and majestic. A great tune. 'I Believe In You' is possibly the album's most dynamic track, melodic as hell, catchy as anything.. woah! 'Lie To Me' is a duet between Marcus Nygren and Anne Latt Nyboe, who has a voice similar to Marika Willstedt, making this another Sonic Station comparable. Spiky keyboards and a definite AOR backdrop is provided for the last track 'Adrian', surely this will please most of the pink and fluffy brigade here at GD. Great way to finish up! The band have labelled this as a 'Rocky' tribute, the Adrian mentioned in the song being Rocky Balboa's wife.

In Summary
Only the 7 tracks, the band could probably get away with calling this a CD rather than an EP, but because of its self-released status, they've opted for the latter. Swedish West Coast fans should seek this out wherever you can, it's a definite teaser towards what State Of Salazar are likely to achieve in the future. Their potential is assured.

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#1 | gdazegod on August 11 2012 12:14:44
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#3 | windsofmarch on August 02 2013 21:11:58
Toto+Europe+Sonic Station=State Of Salazar
#4 | jeffrey343 on September 08 2014 03:22:40
I somehow missed out on this two years ago - maybe it wasn't available on Rhapsody or Spotify. It is now, and I'm giving it some attention based on how much I'm enjoying the followup "All The Way". Overall, this is pretty decent, but merely an appetizer to ATW. They seem to be one of those groups that put out a good debut but really hit it out of the park the second time around (like Houston and Sonic Station). "I Believe In You" and "Adrian" made it to ATW. It is obvious on this release that Marcus Nygren is a pretty darn good singer.
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