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Covered Call - 2013 Impact




ARTIST: Covered Call
ALBUM: Impact
LABEL: AOR Heaven
SERIAL: AORH00079
YEAR: 2013
SPONSOR: Georg Siegl

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Goran Edman - lead vocals * Joel Carlsson -guitars * Andy Loos - bass * Ronny Svanströmer - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Lorraine * 02 When The Lights Are Out * 03 Think About Old Times * 04 Look Into Your Mind * 05 Hold On * 06 Make A Wish * 07 Nothing Lasts Forever * 08 Wake Up * 09 When I'm Gone * 10 Live It Up * 11 Last Goodbye

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WEBLINKS: www.coveredcall.se


Background
It was a couple of years ago that Covered Call first came to our attention. A Swedish outfit who at the time were based around the pairing of Ronny Svanströmer and Joel Carlsson, plus the dulcet pipes of Swedish mega-vocalist Thomas Vikstrom. That was 2009 and their 'Money Never Sleeps' CD. Four years on and there have been two changes to the band. Vikstrom has departed so too bassist Thomas Thulin; replaced by the evergreen singer Goran (who haven't I sung for) Edman and bassist Andy Loos (ex Glory and Lions Share). They've also changed labels too: from the defunct Blistering Records to Georg Siegl's AOR Heaven, which is a much more reliable home for them. I've been listening to Covered Call on Spotify, so am reasonably familiar with their new songs, their new album 'Impact' has been available for a couple of months, so it's time to put virtual pen to virtual paper and give our assessment.


The Songs
This is a pretty groovy album. Covered Call have a great sound; purposeful and typically Swedish, though more earthy without relying on keyboards to fill their sound out, as Swedish bands in this genre are loathe to do. Let's take a listen to some of the tracks onboard.. Edman's vocals are all apparent on 'Lorraine', he sounds great (his last real output being the 2010 Stratosphere CD 'Fire Flight', which wasn't that great an album, unless you were a Yngwie Malmsteen fan!). 'When The Lights Are Out' shuffles up the tempo a bit; slower and tempered verses coupled with modern rock styled choruses. you'll know when you hear it. 'Hold On' is one of the better tracks here, a harder effort with an attitude to match. 'Make A Wish' brings it back closer to an AOR like vibe, while 'Nothing Lsts Forever' retains that vibe but reverts to power ballad/mid tempo arrangement. I enjoyed 'Live It Up' with its lighter sound and bluesy/party theme, while the chugging rhythm guitar takes center-stage on the closer 'Last Goodbye'.


In Summary
Without doubt Covered Call have added to their resume with a solid album. For me, perhaps not as dynamic as their debut, but with two world class vocalists in their ranks on both albums, their reputation is not to be sniffed at. Worth a listen, and fans of Edman, well, you don't need a second invitation.


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Comments

#1 | swazi on August 26 2013 21:59:53
This is a very decent release, a 8.5/10 points in my books. Goran Edman is one of the best out there, no doubt about it.
#2 | george_the_jack on October 13 2013 12:32:32
I'd rate this even higher than an 8 or 8.5. This one is really good and certainly in my top 10 of the year. Very nice and crisp production while Goran Edman sounds better than he did lately. The hooks and melodies are here while most of the arrangements are straightforward without being overloaded with dozens of channels in the recordings/mixing. In the same vein, there aren't so many backing vocals and the voice of Goran has been left to shine on its own. A very good record that runs flawlessly and easily to the ears of every fan of the genre. Well done!
#3 | george_the_jack on November 05 2013 13:04:40
This one will end up in a very high position in my top ten this year. It is one of the albums, released earlier this year that I listen the most now! Great - flowing melodic rock stuff!

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