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Work Of Art - 2014 Framework

ARTIST: Work Of Art
ALBUM: Framework
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2014
SPONSOR: Frontiers Haulix Portal


LINEUP: Lars Säfsund - vocals * Robert Säll - guitars, keyboards * Herman Furin - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Time To Let Go * 02 How Will I Know * 03 Shout Till You Wake Up * 04 Can't Let Go * 05 How Do You Sleep At Night * 06 Over The Line * 07 The Machine * 08 Hold On To Love * 09 Natalie * 10 The Turning Point * 11 My Waking Dream



I think we can all agree that 2014 has been a pretty good year for melodic rock so far. However for me, it's taken until September for arguably the most exciting release to eventuate: Work Of Art's 'Framework'. Some will say Seven's CD is killer, others veer toward H.E.A.T.. Both are good, but nothing yanks my chain like a good Work Of Art album. I enjoyed their previous two albums, though both had some slight imperfections. 'In Progress' had some incredible songs, and it really should sit higher in my pecking order, but hopefully 'Framework' will readdress the balance, because this new one is packed with goodies. It is probably the way modern sounding AOR and west coast should sound.

The Songs
The thing I love most about the Work Of Art sound is how it happily gallops along at a crisp pace. For me, momentum in music is very important. It's like blood flow, whereas too much stop/start is an interruption of the rhythm. You'll notice this very early on with 'Framework'. There are some fantastic songs here. If tracks like 'The Rain' from 'In Progress' rocked your world, then listen to the likes of 'Can't Let Go', 'Over The Line' or the stupendous 'Natalie' for vast improvements. Even other songs like 'How Do You Sleep At Night' and 'The Turning Point' makes you wonder how this band can cram so many works of art (I probably should say 'points of excellence') onto one CD. The one and only ballad 'My Waking Dream' is left till last. Still, it has enough spark to ensure that one can break out of lucidity easily enough.

In Summary
Eleven tracks, this one should set the melodic rock alight. It's easy to see why. I don't need to say anymore.

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#1 | DEMONAOR on September 14 2014 04:23:10
A killer album George.
#2 | george_the_jack on September 27 2014 14:09:03
After 3-4 initial listens on Spotify, I have to say I'm a bit confused with this one.

Being a huge WOA fan, I loved the first 2 releases equally. This one sees the band return to the roots of their debut album, in terms of production as it does not sound as edgy as ''In Progress'' did. The problem here, at least according to my ears, is that ''Framework'' lacks the big standout hit that will keep playing in anyone's head even after the very first listen. The debut had ''Why Do I?'', ''Lost Without Your Love'' while ''In Progress'' featured the instant hits ''The Rain'' and ''The Great Fall''. Unfortunately, I can't hear a song of this calibre in ''Framework'' except maybe for the opener which is quite a straightforward melodic rocker with a sing-along chorus (if my memory serves me right, they played it live at their last Firefest appearance as a taster of the upcoming album and gained a good reception by the crowd) but, then again, not in the same league with the aforementioned tracks IMO.

Needless to say, what the listener gets here once more, is exceptional musicianship, well-crafted material (both structurally and lyrically) that puts to shame many of today's wannabe-AOR bands who choose a cheesy cover art, come up with a kindergarten chorus and consider themselves playing melodic rock while failing to produce a tight-enough rhythm section. But hey, in spite of that, the musicianship is top-notch as you would expect from these guys - is it enough, though? I mean, WOA is a world class group that have already offered a number of classics in the genre, topped the competition and we subsequently expect more of the same!

I'll be ordering the CD soon, as I want to complete my WOA collection and I'll also give the album a few more spins, so, who knows, this might change my verdict a bit. For the time being, an 8.5 out of 10 is my score while their compatriots ''Sonic Station'' having hit the mark for me for 2014 with their immaculate ''Next Stop'
#3 | gdazegod on September 27 2014 17:20:18
Spotify is not a good representation of audio quality. That's why I don't bother with it.
#4 | jeffrey343 on September 27 2014 17:24:34
GTJ - I do think this is one that will grow on you. The first two were like that for me - it took me quite a while to appreciate them. This one has been more immediate because I wanted it to be. And having two songs (tracks 1 and 4) early and in my personal heavy rotation helped. I do think it is missing the killer ballad that the previous two albums had ( "Once In A Lifetime" and "If You Believe" ). "In Progress" was so good that it's impossible to get much better, so I can see where you're coming from. This is not proving to be quite as immediate as a couple of other releases this year, but I think some more spins will get it there. I certainly don't detect any filler. These guys are at the top of the game in this genre.
#5 | gdazegod on September 29 2014 02:56:59
Work Of Art - 2014 The Machine
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#6 | gdazegod on September 29 2014 02:59:37
Work of Art - 2014 Can't Let Go
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#7 | Jez on February 02 2016 13:21:35
The flag bearers of modern AOR return with their much anticipated 3rd album. Over the course of the 3 releases, the formula has pretty much stayed the same, although this time around, the guitars have been beefed up slightly in places, giving a slightly toughened up sound, but those magical keys and vocals are also still to the fore and the sound is unmistakably WOA. Personally, I found 'Framework' a step up from 'In Progress' and overall I think the material here is the strongest the band has come up with thus far. One slight niggle is that sometimes it all flows together too much and can sound quite samey, especially the more upbeat material, but when the material is this good, that seriously is only a minor flaw, in what is an expertly crafted slice of modern Westcoast AOR. WOA yet again come up trumps, thus proving with 'Framework', that they really are the leaders of the pack when it comes to this type of stuff.
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