Last Autumn's Dream must be the hardest working melodic rock band in Europe, if not the most prolific in recent years. This year's new work 'Hunting Shadows' is the fourth release in as many years. This album' come right after last month's package 'The Very Best Of LAD & Live In Germany.' And true to form, LAD is consistent in composition and performance. To say that 'Hunting Shadows' is more of the same is not a derogatory observation. Rather, it is proof that they know their craft and perform it very, very well. Mikael Erlandsson still has that great voice, an unusual mixture of Jon Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams. Yet, he never strains nor compromises. Additionally, the rhythm section is masterful, and Andy Malecek is simply brilliant and constant on guitar. This is another pleasing album from Last Autumn's Dream.
I enjoyed the opening cut 'Strange Operation,' almost Bon Jovi like story set to music and also 'My Alibi,' a fast number with great vocals and Mr. Malecek really rips it up on his solo. Consider also these tracks: 'I'm Not Supposed To Love You Anymore' where the music is symphonic and Mr. Erlandsson sounds more like Adams than on any other song; 'Lost In Moscow,' a fine rocker combines great melody with a driving rhythm; 'R U Ready To Rock And Roll' is just that: a great melodic rock number that gets you moving; and 'Save Our Love,' Erlandsson's vocals are simply fabulous. There were some songs that I found lacking, but still enjoyed like 'Serenity' and 'War Of Your Worlds.' Overall, however, there is a lot to enjoy on this work.
Last Autumn's Dream's skills and talents are clearly obvious. They are good songwriters and great musicians. Though it does not thrill as much as their first two works, 'Hunting Shadows' is nearly immaculate when it comes to European melodic rock. Fans will be pleased. This is another fine album from LAD. Very recommended.
- Craig Hartranft
Last Autumn's Dream is simply one of the best melodic rock bands in Europe. 'Hunting Shadows' is another work of consistent songwriting, musicianship and production. Will this band ever run out of steam? I think not! A great album and very recommended.
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