Artist: Sonic Station
was another great year for Melodic and Hard Rock, not just for the
established bands, but also for the great number of new bands and
projects keeping the flame burning for the scene we all love. Now 2012
looks set to carry one where last year left off, as Sonic
Station, a new Westcoast AOR Project put together by Swedish guitarist,
producer and composer Alexander Kronbrink, releases
its self titled debut release.
album boasts not one but four vocalists, both male and female, each one
bringing their own stamp on the classic AOR sound and bringing it slap
bang into the now. The album also boasts a host of musical talent with
five bass players, three drummers, four keyboard players, three backing
vocalists, as well as a saxophone player, a percussionist and a trumpet
/ flugelhorn player, with Kronbrink being the lone guitarist.
with a wealth of talent to bring his vision into being, Kronbrink has
produced an album that has that 80’s vibe but with a more modern edge and
the intro the album gets off to great start from the opener ‘ Loves
Gonna Show The Way’, featuring the vocals of Magnus Bäcklund, who has
the perfect voice for West Coast AOR and could deliver any Chicago or REO Speedwagon song with ease.
first of the female vocalist to feature is Marika Willstedt, who tugs at
the heart strings on the haunting ‘I Wish I Could Lie. Next
up on the vocal front is Kristoffer
Fogelmark, who along with Saxophonist Erik
Palmberg, deliver the perfect harmonies on the ballad ‘Hold On To
a little rockier edge to proceedings are the sonic tones of Tove lo on
‘You Have To Let Me Go’. This one has that Pat Benatar feel to
it. A much
more riff filled edge than the previous tracks. It's
back to the gentler AOR feel as
Fogelmark really puts his heart and soul into things with the mesmerising
guitar work of
It's back to the gentler AOR feel asBäcklund delivers another stirring vocal on ‘The Most Beautiful Fear’, before Willstedt brings out the big guns for the stunning ‘Running Through The Night’. This is modern West Coast AOR at its very best.
Fogelmark really puts his heart and soul into things with the mesmerising guitar work ofKronbrink on the fantastic ‘Never Let The Sun Die’.
album closes with three songs featuring Willstedt and one where she
duets with Fogelmark. The first of these is sublime harmony rich ‘My
Last Refrain’, then it’s the duet ‘Love Your More’, featuring
guitar work from Kronbrink, which is only topped by the stunning vocals.
album closes with the ballad ‘Reason’, which for me is the icing on
the AOR cake. Without a doubt Kronbrink has captured the best of 80's
Westcoast AOR and given it modern edge.
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