Alive' is the long awaited third release from Seven Wishes. It's
also in my opinion, their strongest album to date. With a couple
of line up changes since their second release 'Utopia', out has gone
Linda Gustafsson and Anthony Cedergren, and replacing them are Leonid
Karlsson and Toby Andersson. Leaving only Tony Westgard and Pelle
Andersson remaining from the 2001 line up.
'Destination: Alive' sees the band reinventing themselves with a new
image, a new label, and an overall positive attitude. After all
the band have been through since the release of their second album, it's
good to see they have managed to put all their troubles behind them.
They've come out fighting the best way they know with a stunning new
The obvious comparison between Andersson's voice and that of Don Dokken
have been well noted on the past two releases, but this time there is
that little bit extra with Pelle once again giving his all, but varying
his vocal range with this album.
The opening track 'Cross My Heart' is a prime example of this, with an
opening flurry of guitar and drums, then Pelle lets rip with that
distinctive vocal style of his. The guitar work of new guitarist
Toby Andersson shining through without being overstated.
The same high quality continues on the following track 'Wont See Me
Cry', which is pure Melodic Hard Rock at its very best, with an up tempo
beat and catchy chorus.
'Fortuneteller' is a fantastic track that just improves with every
listen. Pelle's vocals seem to haunt the track and the guitar just
being stroked into submission by Toby Andersson all help to make this
one gem of a track. 'Follow the Stars' is another fine track with
its catchy chorus and mid tempo guitar riffs.
You can't help but get the feeling with the next track, 'Goes Around
Comes Around', that it's aimed towards someone in particular.
Especially if you know a little of the bands history and the problems
they had with their previous label. The line ''Backstabbing human,
were you born as a liar...'' stands out in particular. Hmm, I
wonder who that could be? This particular song gives off a lot of
energy when you're listening to it and bounces along very nicely,
perhaps a one for the clubs?
The next track 'Time To Say Goodbye' is the first of the ballads on the
album and is a very melancholy track. The tempo is brought back up
a few notches with 'See Through The Lies' that is one of my favourite
tracks on the album just for its excellent drums and guitar.
'All That I Wanted' is probably one of the weakest tracks on the album
although it is saved by the guitar work midway through the track.
The heavy guitars on 'Picked Up The Pieces' make this a phenomenal
The second ballad and my favourite track on the album 'Gone With The
Wind' is almost the perfect rock ballad with its almost larger-than-life
feel about it. It just goes to show the sheer versatility of
Pelle's vocals. The final track 'Like A Cardhouse' finishes off
the album as it started with a powerful Melodic Rock track.
The two new members of the band seem to have brought a new depth to the
band, that and the emotional turmoil the original band members have
experienced over the last few years. With the maturity of the song
writing being some of the bands best so far, and this more commercially
acceptable collection of songs, I think this album could be the one to
give Seven Wishes the break that they deserve