Perhaps the most consistent, if not prolific, AOR Melodic rock outfit of recent years is Last Autumn's Dream. Since 2003, over ten years, they've cut nine studio albums, the appropriately titled Nine Lives.
The character of consistency certainly also defines LAD's music. With Nine Lives there's no variation from the form, basic melodic rock, expect no dramatic swerves. Strong melodies and vocal harmonies bolstered by big catchy hooks and traditional guitar work are the working pattern. As Solomon once said, 'There's nothing new under the sun.' LAD remains faithful to their style, and why not? It works.
What's left to ponder are the particulars of the album. Nine Lives had a sluggish start to these ears, but rebounds in the fourth track Merry-go-round. This track reminds me of what The Monkees would sound like if they were warped 45 years into the future. Golden Cage, All I Can Think Of, The Last to Know (with Jeff Scott Soto), and Angel Eyes (with Jenny Redenkvist) are solid songs; Megalomania not so much. A fine arena ballad, Don't Let Love Fade Away, closes the album.
Nine Lives, their ninth album, is classic Last Autumn's Dream, pure and simple. Why reinvent the wheel. Expect number ten next year.
Nine Lives, there ninth album, is classic Last Autumn's Dream, pure and simple. Why reinvent the wheel. Expect number ten next year.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]