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Wigelius - 2012 Reinventions

ARTIST: Wigelius
ALBUM: Reinventions
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2012
SPONSOR: Frontiers (Haluix)


LINEUP: Anders Wigelius - vocals * Erik Wigelius - drums * Jake Svensson - guitars * Chris 'Wielbass' Pettersson - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Angeline * 02 Talking About Love * 03 Do You Really Know * 04 Next To Me * 05 My Cassandra * 06 Piece Of The Action * 07 Too Young To Fall In Love * 08 Right Here Right Now * 09 Love Can Be That Much * 10 Hold On To Love * 11 There Is No Me Without You * 12 I Reach Out



The name Anders Wigelius is a new name for AOR in 2012. He came to prominence in 2011 on the Swedish talent show 'True Talent', and from there came to the attention of drummer/producer Daniel Flores. Only aged in his early 20's, Anders has been bought up on a diet of AOR oriented music; with Richard Marx, Journey, Toto and Foreigner at the forefront. As a result of his exposure, a band project has been formed around him, including older brother Erik on drums, plus Jake Svensson and Chris Pettersson on guitars and bass. Flores has produced the resulting album 'Reinventions', with Canadian legend Harry Hess handling the mastering chores.

The Songs
There's a collection of real good songs on 'Reinventions'. It captures the raw energy of Wigelius, who sure knows how to belt out a tune with youthful exuberance and energy, while keeping to the template that made our AOR vocal heroes from the 80's true legends. Musically, you can tell that a bit of fellow Swedes Work Of Art has rubbed off onto them. This is evident on songs such as the opener 'Angeline' (Paul Sabu eat your heart out!), the racy 'Do You Really Know' and the equally appealing pair of 'Hold On To Love' and 'I Reach Out'. When the band slow up for a rest, ballads such as the acoustic piece 'Love Can Be That Much' and the piano soaked affair 'There Is No Me Without You' shine a tender side of the band demonstrating that they know how to mix it up. However, it's their hard rock side that gets the blood racing; the magnificent 'Next To Me' with its hugely melodic chorus and the stomping bluesy vibe of 'Right Here Right Now' drive the nail into the wall in no uncertain terms.

In Summary
These guys are on the right path and have some good people behind them, ensuring that Wigelius the band won't be a one album wonder. If you want to experience a young band who are on the rise, then look no further than Wigelius.

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#1 | Jez on September 12 2012 15:29:01
Not a bad album at all, with some nice songs spread over it's grooves. They're not quite there yet to compete with the big boys, but album number 2 should be interesting.
#2 | rkbluez on September 12 2012 21:20:08
Agree with Jez they have the talent but still have a little ways to go to compete with the top bands in the melodic rock genre...still a good debut from this young band.
#3 | george_the_jack on September 13 2012 21:00:41
Very good album, sharply produced and well delivered by these talented newcomers. Only downside to my ears is the obvious copycat songwriting references which sound identical in places with those of Work Of Art. Ok, Robert Sall and the boys have already created a melodic rock school on their own but Wigelius can/may turn out to a good name to the music genre and they have to start building a more "personal" musical id. The vocalist has the potential to be the next big thing in the scene...
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