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Broke[N]Blue - 2001 Northern Light

Lars Abrahamsson - guitars, keyboards
Eva Abrahamsson - vocals
Peter Gustavsson - vocals
Ulf Westlund - bass, drums

It's been a while in the making but finally the team up in the northern reaches of Sweden get their debut album out into the public domain. And yes, it's been worth the wait. Having followed Broke[N]Blue's fortunes and progress over the last few years, it has been a case of look learn and listen. What the band have up their collective sleeves is an ear for melody, a contrasting vocal approach with either Eva or Peter singing, and great songs. Yes, songs... the epicentre of any album. Without it, any artist would amount to nothing. Kudos goes to the man behind it all Lars Abrahamsson. When I interviewed him at the end of last year (2000), the team were still going through the rigors of recording and deciding on what tracks to use. I feel the mix of songs assembled here is near perfect, with a host of new ones too! Broke[N]Blue's sound has firmly cemented itself in the middle lane of the melodic rock/pop market. With Eva's vocals in particular, the band I feel can become a real contender to corner that market left behind by the likes of Saraya, Heart and Roxette and euro hit machines like Michael Learns To Rock. They easily straddle that fence, making the entry into the melodic rock market seem easy, with Lar's fluid but sonic guitar style and pulse laden songs being the catalyst for it all..

The Songs
'I Will Be There' is a great opener, and a taster for things to come. Eva's effortless vocal is particularly good here. Echoes of Heart's 'There's The Girl' off the 'Bad Animals' opus springs forth on a new track 'Cry For You'. 'Touching Me Tonight' is also another newie, which zooms into Roxette's commercial range, whereas 'Enuff' has the entire AOR recipe thrown together in 4 and half minutes.. utterly superb! Of course some of their tracks which have had prior air-time make up some of the space on the album, 'Needed To Believe' shows you just how bad-ass rockers they can be, but still the polish is there a la Jeff Paris, plus there's the subtle brilliance of 'Heaven In My Hands' where Peter shines out upfront, as well as the upbeat 'Heart 2 Heart'. They show another side with the title track 'Northern Light' which has all the ambience and atmosphere of an Iona track. Tell me there's not a song here that will appeal to a wide range of melodic rockers, regardless of what end of the spectrum they reside. Making a decision to opt for an opening single off the album is a hard one, considering there's so many to choose from. However I suspect 'I Will Be There' or 'Enuff' may be the strongest contenders.

In Summary
For an indie effort this should be an inspiration as to how well it can be done on limited resources, and in this day and age I'm inclined to encourage the efforts of bands such as Broke[N]Blue and Finland's Urban Tale to fly the flag of nu-breed melodic rock. Get tuned in to Broke[N]Blue now, as this is well worth the investment for the future of melodic rock. Leave the MP3's alone, get the real kaboodle. The CD is now obtainable from the outlet listed below, with distributor deals in the wings for other countries. Go to it people, and well done to Lars, Eva, Peter and Ulf for realising the original promise.


Track Listing:
01 I Will Be There
02 Cry For You
03 Enuff
04 Touching Me (Tonight)
05 Here She Comes
06 Needed To Believe
07 Heaven In My Hands
08 Back Again
09 Oriental Eyes
10 Heavenly Beauty
11 Heart To Heart
12 Northern Light

Related Articles:

Broke[n]Blue - 2000 & Track Demo

Broke[n]Blue - Interview Lars Abrahamsson (Dec 2000)

Broke[n]Blue - 2001 Northern Light

Broke[n]Blue - 2005 The Waiting

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#1 | JudithXR on December 01 2006 23:42:55
Wow! I love Eva Abrahamsson & BROKE [N] BLUE too! :-)
#2 | Jez on June 14 2008 17:16:54
Most people will probably know the new release 'The Waiting' above this one, as this was their smaller label 'Debut'. Having really given both discs a good workout, I really do prefer this one over the 2nd. Ok 'The Waiting' does sound better in the production stakes,and make no mistakes,is a great album.I just find the songs on this one a little more consistent and enjoyable overall. Not to worry though, Both are highly recommended in the Scandie stakes!
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