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Tindrum - 1990 Cool Calm And Collected

ARTIST: Tin Drum
ALBUM: Cool Calm And Collected
LABEL: Starbeat Entertainment
YEAR: 1990
CD REISSUE: 1992, Zero Corp (Japan), XRCN-1017


LINEUP: Dag Ingebrigtsen - vocals * Trond Oien - guitars * Sid Ringsby - bass * Diesel Dahl - drums, percussion * Paul West - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dolce Vita * 02 Drums Of War * 03 Masquerade * 04 The Show Must Go On * 05 Detective Of Love * 06 Stranded In Paradise * 07 Streetfighter * 08 Fantasia

In the great tradition of bands such as Stage Dolls, Evenrude and the mighty TNT, follow another Norwegian band. This time it's Tindrum, featuring former TNT drummer Diesel Dahl. The band were around for a few years, and released two albums prior to this one. The debut from 1988 'Drums Of War' (a very rare disc if ever there was one!) featured renowned female vocalist Tove, who later went on to the one-off project Misslead. By album no 2 'How Bout This', Tove was replaced by another singer with a pedigree with TNT: this time Dag Ingebrigtsen. The music is prime-time Norwegian melodic rock from the era. It's very good, and features all the attributes associated with the genre. 'Cool Calm And Collected' is not a studio album as such: it is a compilation of material from those two aforementioned albums, with the exception of 'Detective Of Love' which had not appeared before. Only two tracks are culled from the debut ('Drums Of War' and 'Stranger In Paradise'), the rest come from 'How Bout This'.

The Songs
Standout tracks include the diamond like toughness of 'Dolce Vita', polished but hard and smooth to the ear. The guitar crunch kicks in on the high-octane melodic fuel that is 'Masquerade'; it sure sounds great but so too does it sound formularised and 'heard it all before' ish. 'The Show Must Go On' has a 'lighters in the air' feel about it; mainly acoustic and heart-rendering. Stage Dolls is kinda revisited with the previously mentioned 'Detective Of Love', while 'Stranger In Paradise' featuring Tove on vocals is a bit of belter when it finally takes off. The second highlight of the album is 'First Time' (no not the Robin Beck ditty for Coca Cola) but another superb tune with a heap of keys and belting guitars. The live audience overdubs gives it a less than studio finish, but the quality is there.

In Summary
If you have a surf around Ebay the three Tindrum CD's surely command some respect among buyers, particularly the first one 'Dogs Of War'. The fact that its Norwegian is enough to tweak the interest of collectors who take their melodic music acquisitions seriously.

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#1 | citynights on August 12 2008 09:06:34
Good album but nothing more. Can you put up some new reviews with Norwegian AOR bands like Heaven's 'Take Me Back' and Evenrude's 'This Ole Town' and 'One Size Fits All'? Norwegian AOR/melodic rock was as good as Swedish AOR/melodic rock.
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