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Lover Under Cover - 2014 Into The Night

ARTIST: Lover Under Cover
ALBUM: Into The Night
LABEL: Escape Music
YEAR: 2014
SPONSOR: Connecting Music Portal


LINEUP: Mikael Erlandsson - vocals, keyboards * Mikael Carlsson - bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals * Martin Kronlund - guitar * Perra Johnsson - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 A Fight * 02 In To The Shadows * 03 Miracle * 04 Toy Soldiers * 05 Crushing stomes * 06 Life Is Easy * 07 Playboy No 7 * 08 The Game Is On * 09 Fantasy Man * 10 Closer To The Truth * 11 No Place Like Home



Escape Music has now released the second effort from Swedish melodic pop/rockers Lover Under Cover. Their debut was released back in 2012, and it got a reasonable review at the time. Now better prepared, and with an identity that is settled, the band released 'Into The Night' last month (as Escape's Jan 2014 release), and it's a groovy sort of album with some twists and turns to colour up their sound. The same cast returns for a second bite at the cherry, and I'll say from the outset, that I enjoyed this much more than the debut, though in hindsight, there was nothing really wrong with 'Set The Night On Fire'. Definitely the bar has been set a bit higher, and it shows in the final product.

The Songs
Mostly all of the songs are energetic, and are propelled by strong choruses, a pumping rhythm section, and a muscular delivery. Songs like 'A Fght' and 'Miracle' fit the bill perfectly, the latter in particular is a superb tune! 'In To The Shadows' which sits between those two songs, is a song that needs to be turned up damn loud, a strong belting rocker with a cool chorus too. Martika's 1989 hit 'Toy Soldiers' get a reworking here, probably not as good as the original (but then what is?), but the LUC boys give it a go anyway. There's a symphonic element to 'Crushing Stones' which gives it a Euro-styled feel, while 'Life Is Easy' could be the most commercial offering on the album. The metronome is given a work-out once again, with the fast paced 'Playboy No 7' featuring some hard-driving organ and guitar work. LUC lift again for the excellent 'The Game Is On', with some tough as nails riff from Kronlund. That was a great pairing! The boys took their foot off the pedal for a moment; as 'Fantasy Man' cruises up to the top of the home straight with plenty to spare. Getting near the end, 'Closer To The Truth' keeps it in the mid-range, highly melodic, Erlandsson bringing it home on the chorus. A Supertramp sounding wurlitzer precedes the finale 'No Place Lke Home'. It opens up as if a ballad is about to be delivered, but the song picks momentum; the acoustic/electric mixture lands this in Nelson territory. Not bad at all.

In Summary
A surprisingly good album, and one I've been playing often the last few weeks. Apart from 'Toy Soldiers', there's no other ballads onboard, it's all a solid mixture of hard rock styles, and we should all be thankful for that after reading some of those Scorpions articles lately. If some of you are using their previous 'Set The Night On Fire' as a yard-stick, don't.. 'Into The Night' (in my opinion) goes way beyond that. Investigate with confidence.

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