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Coastline - 2003 Coastline



ARTIST: Coastline
ALBUM: Coastline
LABEL: Vinny Records
SERIAL: VR 014
YEAR: 2003
SPONSOR: Thomas Hansson and Coastline

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Helena Rosendahl - lead vocals * Thomas Hansson - guitars * Tomas Munters - bass * Lars Melin - keyboards * Jan Hedlund - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Restless Heart, Restless Mind * 02 Breaking A Heart Is So Easy * 03 Masterplan * 04 Can't Live Here Without You * 05 Desperate Heartbeats * 06 Innocent Child * 07 Love's Not For Everyone * 08 One Step * 09 Save Your Love *10 Miracle * 11 Searching For An Answer

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WEBLINKS: Coastline Discog Page


Background
For those of you who have been with this website for a long while, you will have surely come across our ramblings on the Swedish band Coastline. Long considered a favourite by GDM, as well as our sister sites LA-Nites and AOR Dreamzones, this band certainly have a lot going for them. Last year we interviewed guitarist Thomas Hansson prior to the release of this their debut album, and the excitement generated when the band were eventually signed by Spanish label Vinny Records. When the album was finally released (unduly delayed I might add), it was a relatively low-key affair, so much so that the band disappeared off the GDM radar, until now, and like the recent Pride Of Lions affair, this is another well overdue review. From the wilds of Western Sweden, Coastline are an unusually named band considering their location, named in fact after a song by the 70's/80's soft rockers America. The band have an eclectic variety of musical tastes, and admittedly, they soon began going places not long after the arrival of singer Helena Rosendahl, a singer blessed with astonishing power and clarity. The Coastline material being an ideal vehicle to show off her vocal talent, plus we've got the melodic underbelly provided by the principal songwriting team of Lars Melin and Jan Hedlund. The album is self-produced, the result again, astonishingly good: depth, airiness, and punch delivered in all the right places. The keyboard and guitar interplay deserves special mention too, underpinning the songs with restrained power that only the best AOR bands can deliver on.


The Songs
Having lived with the MP3 excerpts of this album for months, it was great to hear these songs finally in their full glory! For me, new life breathed on fave tracks such as 'Can't Live Here Without You' and 'Desperate Heartbeats', fulfilling the early promise of the band's demos going back since 2002. Even songs like 'Breaking A Heart Is So Easy' would have been an ideal candidate for radio, while 'Masterplan' surely brings new meaning to an 80's AOR revival. There are some thrilling melodies to be heard on the desperate 'One Step', this song is one of many highlights. The other compelling feature with Coastline is their ability to carry off the vocal harmonies: at times two or three layers deep. Beautiful stuff.


In Summary
Without doubt, Coastline carry on the great tradition of similar Swedish outfits equally loved here at GDM: namely Broke N Blue and Alyson Avenue. May the tradition long continue. Fans of female-fronted AOR should be looking to add this CD to their collection pronto. Coastline come highly recommended, but if you're a regular GDM reader you will have known that already. Thanks to Thomas and the Coastline crew for the opportunity!


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#1 | Nick C on April 27 2008 08:28:22
Thomas was kind enough to send me a copy of this and it's had lots of plays on the old silver disc spinner at home...and in the car. It seems the longer I have this disc the more I enjoy it. I found out that the band have since split and Thomas has gone on to other things...I wish him well and at least we have this great CD.
#2 | Jez on June 16 2008 02:18:16
Good, Solid AOR, raised by a great vocal from Helen Rosendahl and a solid band behind her. Songwise mostly good to a couple of pearlers (Restless Heart & Love's not for everyone). Would have been better with a slightly heavier production, but this is still a good release that will get an regular spin here. Ditto Nick's comment to Thomas for future projects.
#3 | gdazegod on June 16 2008 05:25:56
I thought Helena's vocals were great, though some in Sweden thought she sounded like a karaoke singer! I was kinda biased toward her though.. hehe!
#4 | Emda on September 06 2010 20:42:27
Listening to Coastline - s/t - at the moment. Helena, you have to go back and record another classic with the Coastland boys. This is incredible 80's AOR that came out in 2003!. The best album Heart never released, inclunding a handfull of hit singles. Well, I think I have fallen in love with Helena's voice....and if I ever meet her....Pfft
#5 | swazi on November 19 2012 22:39:01
I also received my copy from Thomas as I couldn't find it anywhere else. Thanks a lot for this splendid disc, mate! I am forever grateful to you! Smile
 
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