AOR Heaven [Released 23.02.15]
Last Autumn’s Dream are back with a new album and this is their eleventh. Vocalist Mikael Erlandsson is the last original member as in 2014 guitarist Andy Malecek decided to leave the band because of personal reasons. His place has been taken by Peter Söderström, who has played rhythm guitar on the band’s albums since 2010.
This is a good album with a mix of melodic rockers like ‘Kiss Me’, which sounds like Cheap Trick and ballads like ‘PLZ’. They do like a cover and on this album we have a sterling version of Talisman’s ‘I’ll B There 4 U’, co-written by Jeff Scott Soto and LAD drummer Jamie Borger, once also a member of the sadly defunct Talisman.
Mikael Erlandsson has a lovely rough edge to his vocals and can nail down a ballad with ease like on ‘Made Of Stone’. The album’s single (if they ever released one) has to be be the highly catchy ‘Delirious’. That song has a chorus made for radio!
They can lapse occasionally into hard rock by numbers though as can be heard on ‘Go Go Go – Get Ready For The Show’, although it is perfectly listenable just not as good as the other songs on the album.
Glad this gets a proper European release as their last couple of albums have only had a limited release and/or Japanese only. They are one of the most enjoyable and consistent melodic rock bands on the scene today. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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