|Crossfade White On Blue||MTM Music|
Crossfade's excellent White On Blue might just be the smoothest album of 2004.|
Following some excellent work with Street Talk, vocalist Goran Edman (Mr. Westcoast) was picked up to front this new project, which was formed by guitarist Lars Hallbaeck and keyboardist Richard Stenstroem.
The band is rounded out with drummer Per Lindvall and his brother, the bass player Sven Lindvall.
It's a bit of a rarity to have a full band featured on a Westcoast release – so often programming and sythn elements are used to cover missing players.
Not here – this recording spares no expense and the listener is richly rewarded.
Being a Westcoast/soft pop AOR release means it will not appeal to everyone. No blazing guitar solos here. But there is some phenomenal songs featured and some flawless performances by all involved.
There are no weak tracks or fillers here – as long as you like things soft or softer!
The Day The Music Died is simply superb. It's a wonderful slice of rich, textured AOR/Westcoast with an instant chorus and some very enjoyable musical passages. Goran has rarely sounded better or more on song.
Did You Really is straight from the Toto song handbook. Fans of early Toto, not to mention Toto IV and Fahrenheit will love this track. I can almost hear Bobby Kimball singing this.
Flying is even jazzier – a breezy pop number with Sax and Trumpet making an appearance along with Congas and Bongos mid-track. Classic stuff for fans of Steely Dan and the like.
Deeper Shade Of Love is a super-sweet piano ballad with a fine vocal and nice sentiment, not to mention some great harmony vocals later on it the song.
Thorns Of Life is another classy Mr. Mister/Toto style AOR track. I particularly like the piano parts within the song.
Don't Really Matter is another uptempo pop/jazz number and closing the album is You, a track that could rate as the album's best. It's certainly the rockiest, with a strong guitar riff supporting Goran's powerful vocals. At the center of this great track is an instantly catchy anthem-like chorus.
A very good debut and as stated at the top of the review – one of the smoothest records of 2004.
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