TORBEN SCHMIDT – Long Short Story

Blimey here is a blast from the past as Torben Schmidt used to front Danish melodic/pomp rockers Skagarack, who even played the Reading festival back in the late 80’s. The band split in the mid-90’s and nothing much has been seen or heard from Torben until now, some twenty one years since his debut solo album as released.

Don’t go expecting any Skagarack though as this album owes more the west coast AOR sound, the Eagles and the sort of song Bryan Adams would love to pen, ‘Funny’ being a case in point as it sounds a lot like Bryan Adams on his better days! There are some personal songs on here like ‘All Is Said’, dealing with the end of a relationship (shades of Don Henley on this one, a lovely mid paced tune) and then some fun on ‘The Coffee Song’.

Vocally Torben has lost none of his power and if anything his vocals have developed into a richer tone. Perfect for lovers of AOR and great to have him back singing again, but please Torben don’t leave it so long until your next album.

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Jason Ritchie


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EMPYRE New Republic (indie)
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SPREAD EAGLE Sound Of Speed (Frontiers)

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14:00-16:00 HEATHER FINDLAY Wild Horses (Black Sand Records)

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