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Wigelius - 2016 Tabula Rasa



ARTIST: Wigelius
ALBUM: Tabula Rasa
LABEL: AOR Heaven
SERIAL: AORH00126
YEAR: 2016

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LINEUP: Anders Wigelius - vocals * Jakob Svensson - guitars * Patrik Janson - bass * Erik Wigelius - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Do It All Again * 02 dj vu * 03 These Tears I Cry * 04 Long Way From Home * 05 Set Me Free * 06 Yesterdays News * 07 Time Well Wasted * 08 9 Out Of 10 * 09 Run With Me * 10 Love Is The Key * 11 Please, Please, Please * 12 Ma Cherie

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WEBLINKS: www.facebook.com/wigeliusband


Background
Wind the clock back to 2012, and the first Wigelius CD was released through Frontiers Records. I wrote at the time that it was decent first up effort, and some of us said that their second release would be the one to watch out for in future. Now signed to AOR Heaven, Wigelius have landed the 'Tabula Rasa' CD in early 2016, and a goodie it is too! Three years on, and I wonder if it wouldn't be remiss of me to describe these guys as H.E.A.T. lite. The songs here are classy, musicianship equally so, and they've stepped up their game since their debut 'Reinventions'. The production from Erik Wigelius is better sounding in my opinion, and they sound unshackled from Daniel Flores denser mix on the debut. This one feels airy and spacious. The vocal harmonies sound particularly good too.


The Songs
There are many highlights here. The opening trio of 'Do It All Again', 'Deja Vu' and 'These Tears I Cry' lift this album over the hill. The guitar solos from Jakob Svensson are a delight. There's a certain Harem Scarem buzz shining through in places too. The aforementioned 'These Tears I Cry' and 'Set Me Free' and '9 Out Of 10' are a couple of examples. There's some big vocal chanting going down with 'Time Well Wasted', while the AOR template of 'Run With Me' is utterly flawless. The pairing of upbeat numbers 'Love Is The Key' and 'Please, Please, Please' add to the Wigelius appeal, and 'Tabula Rasa' comes away as an album of absolute repute.


In Summary
An enjoyable set, and I'm sure there is something for everyone who is remotely interested in AOR and melodic rock. Expect some other goodies coming up from Georg Siegl and AOR Heaven in the coming weeks, including the recently announced pairing of PEO and Billy Sattelite. [word count 310]


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#1 | george_the_jack on April 01 2017 20:34:56
Very good singer but the songs don't do much for me. Their debut was a notch better however.

I only imagine if a killer AOR band like ''Care of Night'' had this singer instead of theirs...

It's a thought I made more or less in the same way for ''Angels or Kings'', craving a replacement of their singer with the excellent Pete Godfrey from Blood Red Saints/In Faith.
 
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