Artist: The Theander Expression
When I was 10 years old, (1972), I tied some string round the handle and head of a tennis racket, put it round my shoulder, put some high-heeled boots on (my sisters!), got the hoover as a mic stand, and mimed along to pop records by The Osmonds, Gary Glitter and The Sweet. Where did all that dreaming of being a pop star get me in later life? 34 years a postman, that's where!! Some people get to follow their dreams to it's fruition, as Andree Theander has done from the age of 10, picking up his first tenn.... guitar, then writing his music not long after, and eventually ending up in the U.S.A. at the Musicians Institute in L.A. Returning to his native Sweden, he formed The Theander Expression with musicians he either knew or knew of their work, who together have recorded this album, 'Strange Nostalgia', which some may find a bit too 'samey' in it's 10 tracks, maybes boring to others.
it's the brainchild of Theander, there are two other vocalists who take
centre stage, Christian Hedgren and Goran Edman each taking turns with
the songs when called on, the main man quite happily doing backing
vocals and on the guitar too. As described, the deeper you get into the
album, the more it does start to sound very similar, track by track,
Luckily there are some songs that pull away from the comfort zzzone and get the feet tapping along, 'Sanguine' and the rather O.C.D.-based 'Insanity Cell', (probably the first of it's kind too!), both having a rocking riff pulsating within the song, and very much needed to keep anyone interested in the album, which is a shame as it's not a bad one at all, just...too relaxing!! You wanna sit and drift away in your thoughts? 'Meet Me There Tonight' will do the trick, as it's string section is as comforting as a duck feather pillow, so thank the Lord for the riffed-up 'Mr.Know It All' coming along and slapping you round the face to bring you back to your senses, with yet another grand solo in tow as well.
'Masterpiece In The Dark' hits the Toto mark dead centre, Herman Furin's drumming very reminiscent to the style used by Jeff Porcaro timelessly, the jazz/rock fusion definitely the highlight on the album, Theander's guitar skills unquestionable from start to finish, as it has been throughout. The title track more or less sails through without much of a fuss, not standing out as much as some of the others, which is the main problem here, as explained earlier, all too similar that this album passes you by with more of a whimper than a slap in the tash! Shame, as it spoils it for the couple of tracks that deserve to be heard more often, but will suffer for it instead.
the next Expression album will have a better mixture of songs that veer
away from 'the same old', and capture the attention of one certain
listener a bit better than this one did. Fingers x-ed!!
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