Artist: Bai Bang
saw the welcome return of Diddi Kastenholt and Bai Bang with their
‘Are You Ready’ opus, now in 2011 Diddi and the guys are back with
their latest release ‘Livin’ My Dream’.
with Diddi we have Pelle Eliaz (guitar) and Joacim Sandin (bass), with the drum
stool being taken up by Johnny Benson, who replaces Jonas Langebro.
album continue where ‘Are You Ready’ left off, as the Swedes bring a
touch of Sunset Strip to the masses once more with just a touch of
Scandinavian melody to bring it into the now. The album shoots
the hip from the off the opener ‘We’re United’. No fancy
intros, no mystic echoes, just straight shooting rock n' roll from the off.
band show off that melodic side that was the mainstay of 'Are You
Ready’ once more on this album as they continue with the excellent
title track ‘Livin My Dream’ and the rockin’ ‘Come On’.
Two great tracks that span across both the Glam and Melodic Rock genres.
band still show their influences on their sleeves with the 80’s
power-ballad driven ‘Rock On’, a mix between Def Leppards
‘Rocket’ and Europe’s ‘Cherokee’, before really mixing things
up with a little electro-dance rock mix with ‘Stay’, which leads us
nicely into the gentle ballad 'Gonna Have It All', which brings us back earth.
back to the hard rock with the excellent arena style rockers
‘Tonight’ and ‘Rock It’, before another of my favourite tracks
off the album ‘Die For You’. Although not an all out rocker, this is
one of the best musical pieces on the album. A great mix of melody rich
licks and soar-away vocals.
album closes as it started with a big bold rock statement in ‘Put On
Her Dress’, which returns to that sleazy glam side and wraps another
great rock album from the boys from Sweden. This album showcases
perfectly the fact that it's Scandinavia and not L.A. that's
keeping the sleaze fire burning bright these days.
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