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Merry N - 1993 Under Pressure

ALBUM: Under Pressure
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 1993


LINEUP: Asti D. Krattiger - vocals * Michi Bosshart - guitars * Beat Itin - bass * Ron B. Lanz - keyboards * Reto Favri - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Overture Under Pressure * 02 With A Little Luck * 03 Fire And Ice * 04 Carrie * 05 Send Me An Angel * 06 Joy * 07 I Can't Wait * 08 Coming Home * 09 Break The Isolations * 10 Stand Up


Here's a rare Swiss band who churn out a pompous form of melodic rock wth great results. Often, if you are buying rare AOR slanted CD's on Ebay, you may occasionally see a reference to Merry N by some of the sellers. It's obvious that some of these opportunists are grasping at straws trying to hock off their wares to all and sundry. However, in the case of Merry N's credentials, I think they might be onto something, as the ten tracks on their sole album 'Under Pressure' are very good. They are a female-fronted outfit led by Asti Krattinger, but for me the star of the show is keyboard ace Ron Lanz. If AOR/pomp bands from the 90's turns your head (a la Dante Fox, Bad Sister and 1st Avenue), then this five-piece should be well worth some investigation.

The Songs
The lead track is the near two-minute instrumental 'Overture Under Pressure'. This piece provides a classical introduction, so typical of Euopean bands who like to incorporate a symphonic element, like the Dutch band Kayak for example. Soon after, the synths kick in, and we're soon on red-alert thanks to 'With A Little Luck', uing a template which will last for the rest of the album. Lanz twists the synth attack to something a little more quirky, as heard on 'Fire And Ice', then he introduces melodic organs for 'Carrie', the tempo still continuing along at a good clip. 'Send Me An Angel' features some stabbing keyboards and pulses along nicely. 'Joy' is the ballad-moment of the CD; it didn't do much for me, so I moved onto the quite lovely 'I Can't Wait', you can surely pick the eyes out of this one. Dense keyboards are the prelude for the superb 'Coming Home', a slow tempo track that is emotion soaked, a style well suited to this Swiss combo. From a pure AORster's perspective, Merry N crank it up on 'Break The Isolation', with crisp guitar-work and punchy keyboards. Just to ensure that the energy is retained till the end, 'Stand Up' concludes on an up-tempo scale, ten track of goodness.

In Summary
The original self-released CD from 1993 is long out of print, and even a recent search on Ebay, Discogs etc doesn't reveal the availablity of a rare copy. I haven't checked any Japanses listings, maybe our friends from the land of the rising sun are one step ahead of us? One can assume just how expensive this disc would be. Oh well, add it to the shopping list. From 1993, keyboard oriented rock never sounded so good, even if it was a shitty period for this sub-genre of music. Good luck in your search for this rarity.

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#1 | gdazegod on October 10 2016 00:37:08
Merry N - 1993 Carrie
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Merry N - 1993 I Can't Wait
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