|Greenhouze Greenhouze||MTM Music|
This is an interesting record. The name itself won't be familiar to anyone, as it is the debut album for project mastermind Lars Levin, (providing all music, majority of the songwriting), who is joined by vocalist Solli (Sons Of Angels, 21 Guns) and several guest musicians who round out the line-up. |
The CD booklet features lyrics only, without any further credits at all, so I'll rely in bio information to fill in the gaps.
This Norwegian based project features music not dissimilar to Dare at their most atmospheric, plus fellow AOR masters On The Rise and Stage Dolls.
However, while comparisons between Greenhouze and these AOR masters can be made, this album doesn't reach any of the heights they do. Now, this album sounds a million bucks – it's wonderfully compiled, with a lush, multi-layered production to rival a major label release. It also has a certain sense of feel good warmth - with a mellow vibe throughout - constructed from thoughtful, sensitive environmentally themed lyrics and accompanying acoustic and electric guitars and a wall of melodies.
Just as Dare and On The Rise feature rich, musically complex tunes, so to does Greenhouze and at times the listener is sent on a real journey.
Sounds great doesn't it? And in many ways it is….but no matter which way one looks at it - there remains one major problem. The songs just don't go anywhere. The listener may be on a journey – but there is no point if you never reach a destination.
Take the opening track The Point for example. It builds through this mysterious intro, with a deep poignant lyric and the wonderful vocals of Solli laid over a soft piano, before guitar and drums rip in – seemingly preparing the listener for blast off into AOR Heaven. Another layer of guitars and we are on the edge of bliss – but then it's gone….back to another verse. And so it continues….this album features all the ingredients of a perfect anthem filled moody AOR release – just the type I love – except there are no anthems! It's almost as if the climaxes of the songs are missing.
You can supply all the musical padding in the world and the best production since Def Leppard's Hysteria, but if there are no choruses to match, what will draw the listener back in for more?
Waterline is another track that offers so much and probably delivers more than any other track, but when run in serial with the rest of the album, it just isn't satisfying enough.
However, one tracks with stand out chorus – Here In The Air – turns out to be one of the weaker tracks!
Two of the best tracks are Rain and Train Song – these are for Stage Dolls fans, mirroring their moody sound and style.
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