MIKAEL ERLANDSSON Capricorn Six AOR Heaven [Release date 22.02.19]
This is the sixth solo album from vocalist/keyboards player Mikael Erlandsson, who may be more familiar to fans of melodic rock as the frontman of Last Autumn’s Dream, who have released a string of albums since forming in 2002. On this album he is joined by guitarist Sayit Dölen, drummer Pontus Engborg (Glenn Hughes) and bassist Joel Starander.
Erlandsson is the master of the love lost ballad and again he hits the target with ‘Had To Let You Go’. Plenty of rock on offer, nothing to heavy, although ‘Break Another Heart’ and ‘OK’ will shake the dust of your speakers. The latter is a real belter, with a massive chorus and memorable melody.
‘Alice In Wonderland’ offers something a little different, a strong Beatles influence with a hint of the off the wall approach of Jellyfish. Now an album of songs in this vein would be something…
‘Capricorn Six’ has its moments, however it doesn’t quite reach the heights of Last Autumn’s Dream at their peak. Still a must have for fans of that band though. ***1/2
Review by Jason Ritchie
SLUG COMPARISON When You Were Living Here
Rock Company [Release date 16.01.19]
Slug Comparison is the solo project of Fen vocalist/guitarist Doug Harrison. This is his second album under the Slug Comparison name, although this album contains songs previously released in a series of four EPs, along with some new songs.
It covers a fair few musical bases, be it Radiohead lite on ‘Fine With It’, the claustrophobic atmosphere on the acoustic title track (one for Alice Cooper to cover?!), or the acoustic pop of ‘Becoming’, Doug Harrison has plenty of musical ideas.
Those already familiar with his solo work will certainly want this, along with those who enjoy prog rock with a distinct alternative edge. ***
Review by Jason Ritchie
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