Title: Wonderful AnticipationLabel: AOR Heaven
Anticipation' is the much anticipated second release from
Andrée Theander’s Theander Expression and follows the
Swedish guitar players critically acclaimed 2013 debut 'Strange Nostalgia’ .
forth the quality melodic rock we’ve become
accustomed to from the Scandinavian quarter over recent
years and 'Wonderful Anticipation' is such an apt title,
because from the opener ‘Anticipation Anthem’, that’s
what the listener is doing in spades, just waiting in
anticipation for the next track, as this instrumental leads
the way for the rest of the album to follow.
the album unfolds the AOR infused Melodic Rock just oozes
out from every pore of the album, kicking off with ‘You
Always Ran Away’, an up-tempo rocker that really shows of
Theander’s vocals to the max. A real showcase track that
sets the bar for the rest of the album to follow.
follow it does with the title track ‘Wonderful
Anticipation’. A track heading down the AOR road this time,
with a soaring guitar and keyboards that we’ve become
associated with the genre, but as with all the modern
Scandinavian AOR, this sounds so fresh and very much in the
tempo is picked up again with the excellent ‘Ms Trendy’,
another track heading down the edgier Melodic Rock path and
that same vibe is continued with the rocking ‘Factoids and
Fallacies’, before Theander mixes a touch of the blues and
melody filled rock for ‘Into The Valley’.
It's back to the Melodic Rock side of the album with the excellent ‘Never Surrender’, which has that Danger Danger musical vibe about it, then it's back across to the AOR for the stunning ‘The Loner’ and the equally impressive ‘Someday (I’ll Be There To Meet You)'. Then it's back on the gas with the riff fuelled ‘On My Own’, before this superb album closes with the wonderful semi-acoustic ballad ‘State of Flow’. An excellent way to wrap up another superb album from the Swede. If you thought the debut was good then you’re going to be blown away by 'Wonderful Anticipation’.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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