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Michael Learns To Rock - 1993 Colours



ARTIST: Michael Learns To Rock
ALBUM: Colours
LABEL: EMI
SERIAL: 7243 8 27625 2 2
YEAR: 1993

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jascha Richter - vocals, keyboards * Mikkel Lentz - guitars * Soren Madsen - bass, guitars, vocals * Kare Wanscher - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Wild Women * 02 Something Right * 03 Sleeping Child * 04 I'm Gonna Come Back * 05 Complicated Heart * 06 25 Minutes * 07 You Keep Me Running * 08 Out Of The Blue * 09 Ocean Of Love * 10 I Wanna Dance

WEBLINKS: www.mltr.com


Background
I have always been a fan of this Danish band, who provide for me the right mix of melody and entertainment that I look for in music. Apart from the less than convincing name, MLTR converted me with their polished hi-tech debut album from 1991. Since then, the band have become a huge sensation in many parts of the world, including the hard-to-crack Asian market, where they are virtual superstars. Two years on, and the band have released their sophomore set 'Colors'. The hi-tech pop sounds heard on the debut have been replaced by a mature mid-west style of pop. It's smooth, and very typical of many European acts/artists trying to emulate what I call that 'cornbelt sound'. None do it better than MLTR.


The Songs
And etched within are some gentle but sublime tunes which have gone on to become MLTR trademarks: namely the hit 'Sleeping Child' and the evergreen 'Complicated Heart'. Both structurally simple, but oozing with ease and grace. The Crowded House styled outrro on the latter track for instance, is a good example of this. Elsewhere, the bouncing energy of 'You Keep Me Running' is a summertime delight, the other track where the upbeat rhythm keeps sway is 'I'm Gonna Come Back', similar to the material of 'MLTR I'. Occasionally the band will dwelve into the teary-eyed territory of the radio-ballad, with mixed results however. Though the band are very good at the softer tune, sometimes it gets too wimpy, even for a bonafide wimphead like myself.


In Summary
Since 'Colours', the band have released a heap of stuff, including variations of 'Best Of' albums/cds etc. They have recently released a brand new 2004 self titled album (perhaps we'll call it 'MLTR II'), though bass guitarist Soren Madsen has since left the band. The story of MLTR continues, and if you want any proof that a Danish band can make it worldwide, then look no further.


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#1 | AOR Lee on January 05 2014 18:14:51
MLTR were monumental in South Africa, I remember sellig this disc and others by the truckload. Some good melodies here
 
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