Title: Next StopLabel: Avenue of Allies
Stop' is the much-anticipated second album from Alexander Kronbink’s
AOR outfit Sonic Station, and just like the debut, Kronbink brings that
80’s West Coast AOR to the masses.
unlike the self-titled
debut when Kronbink brought in four vocalists, this time round we see
Johan Boding on lead vocals on eight of the eleven tracks, with Marika
Willstedt on the remaining three. Together along with Kronbink's
superb guitars they have put together a wonderful release.
get underway with the single 'Amelia', which instantly brings that
80’s West Coast vibe back in spades, with Bodings wonderful vocals
taking us back to a simpler time, when this style of rock ruled the
airwaves and soundtracks of the Eighties.
this album is not a nostalgia trip to times gone by, this is AOR for the
now. Yes there are nods to the Eighties, but these are just nods
of respect as the likes of ‘Catch Me If You Can’ showcases
perfectly, with Kronbink delivering some of the finest AOR guitar work
you’ll hear this year.
are given the first taste of the wonderful vocals of Willstedt on the
excellent ‘Brighter After Dark’, then it's back to Boding for the
West Coast vibe of ‘Fool For Your Love’. This one definitely
gives the Eighties a nod with this offering.
two vocalists used on the album have two very different qualities that
make ‘Next Stop’ such a great multi-faceted release.
Other stand out tracks include the Toto inspired ‘Stopped
Beating’, the edgier guitar infused ‘Half of My Heart’, although
if I had to pick the stand-out track that really makes the hairs on the
back of my neck stand up, then it would have to be six minute epic
Once again Kronbink has put together a truly great album and one that shows that West Coast AOR still has a place in today’s varied musical market, where Rock has more sub genres than pebbles on a beach, which is quite an achievement and long may it continue. After this offering, I think the band's next installment should be entitled 'Never Stop'.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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