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Heartbreak Radio - 2013 On Air

ARTIST: Heartbreak Radio
YEAR: 2013
SPONSOR: Georg Siegl


LINEUP: Emelie Axelsson, Ulrik Arturén, Mikael Erlandsson, Claes Andreasson, Johan Axelsson, Per Wockatz, Pierre Wensberg, Henrik Baath, Jim Jidhed, Martin Gabriel - guest vocals * Mats Johanson - guitars * Berra Holmgren - bass * Johan Axelsson - keyboards * Peter Strandberg - drums * Albin Grahn - trumpet * Arvid Ingberg - trombone * Martin Svanström - saxophone * Wojtek Goral - horns

TRACK LISTING: 01 Love On Fire * 02 Angelina * 03 You Are Love * 04 Turn On Love * 05 I Will Love You * 06 Live Out Of Love * 07 All Over The World * 08 My Heart's Just Missing You * 09 Keep Kickin' It Back Again * 10 You Don't Love Me Anymore



We have to unwind the clock back to 2005 to remember this Swedish project based out of Gothenburg. The two gents who propped up Heartbreak Radio were producers Claes Andreasson and Torbjorn Wassenius. The debut album was a veritable AOR/West Coast feast, and everyone will be pleased to know that album #2 'On Air' follows similarly, though a touch lighter than its predecessor. This time it's Andreasson and Johan Axelsson who occupy the producers chairs. Some familiar faces return: Mikael Erlandsson and Pierre Wensberg in particular, with this album showing two sides of the coin in terms of musical ideas and delivery. Where's it's AOR, you can expect the usual melodic outpouring that Sweden is famous for. Where it's west coast, Heartbreak Radio are right up there with some of the best exponents of the sub-genre out of Scandinavia, and there have been a few over the years haven't there?

The Songs
To be honest, I can't get enough of this style of music, because for me it sounds great in whatever medium it's played in. Computer, smartphone, the car, home stereo system. An easy statement to make when you hear a track like 'Love On Fire', the perfect entrance for Heartbreak Radio's melody drenched style of AOR. 'Angelina' too will appeal to all the AORsters here. A simply delicious track that ticks all the boxes for mine. 'You Are Love' is a doppelganger for Toto's 'Takin' It Back ('Toto', 1978) fused with a hint of Ambrosia and Jason Scheff era Chicago. Beaut stuff. 'Turn On Love' contains tippy-tappy piano parts with Mikael Erlandsson handling lead. It's a whimsical pop oriented tune which sounds utterly fun and totally harmless. 'I Will Love You' moves into ballad territory, a kind of mellow Michael Bolton meets Steve Perry melting moment with Jim Jidhed on lead vocals, and by this stage I'm getting kinda worried with all the 'love' terms showing up in the songtitles. Is there something in the water up there in Gothenburg? Mikael Erlandsson takes the lead again on the very smooth 'Live Out Of Love' (there it is again.. lol!), which has a similar structure to Michael Bolton's 'You Wouldn't Know Love'. A great endorsement for sure. 'All Over The World' is a poppy style of west coast, more so than fellow Swedes Sonic Station, while 'My Heart's Just Missing You' is drawn back to AOR territory as if on a rubber band, and as per the lyrics this one is a perfect fit for summertime radio. 'Keep Kickin' It Back Again' is very stylish, cruisy, and cool with some female backing vocals lending some Cali-like colour. The opus grande without doubt is the 6 and a half minute ballad 'You Don't Love Me Anymore' featuring Swedish prog metal vocalist Henrik Baath (Dark Water). A different style for Henrik no doubt, but it's pretty good and endearing.

In Summary
There's no denying this is Swedish AOR/West Coast done at its best. Though an early 2013 release by AOR Heaven, I am hopeful that this one will remain close to my top 10 list by years end, though I'm sure it will face stiff opposition in the months to come. An entertaining album for mine, not too hot not too cold (sez Goldilocks), but please do something about the lovelorn song titles guys! lol!

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#1 | gdazegod on April 28 2013 03:08:51
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#2 | DEMONAOR on April 28 2013 13:44:58
A Superb Album of AOR/Westcoast
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