Track Listing
I Will Never Leave You Now
Full Circle (1)
Silence Of The Heart
I Can't Let Go
Anyway You Want It (3)
Now We Cry
Lost Angels
I'll Be Ready Then (2)
Falling In Love
Wish You Were Here
Don't Lose Your Eyes

(*) Best Tracks

Discography & (Rank)
Jim (2)
Full Circle (1)

Buy it if you liked:
Journey - Arrival
Radioactive - Ceremony Of Innocence
Jim Jidhed - Jim
Full Circle
Atenzia Records
Produced By: Tommy Denander
Running Time: Genre: AOR
Release Date: February 10 Released: EU
LabelLink: Atenzia

This is former Alien vocalist Jim Jidhed's second solo album, behind his debut release Jim, released several years ago.
Citing this as his comeback release, Jim has hooked up with new Swedish label Atenzia and guitarist/producer Tommy Denander to record what he hoped would be one of the best AOR albums of the year.
I'd have to say it is, but read on for the full run down.
The album is filled with plenty of well written, catchy, 80's influenced, Journey style AOR numbers. It's flows very smoothly and will appeal to those that live for the 100% pure AOR musical blend. It's a familiar formula, but it's that it's done so well that is the charm.
Jim's voice is the highlight of the album. His smooth Steve Perry/Hugo/Steve Augeri style vocals demand attention and help bring the songs to life.
I'm pleased to say that there is only 2 imported tracks - the rest are written in-house by Jim solo or with Tommy Denander.
This is some catchy AOR for sure. A few of the tracks rank as some of the best in recent times. There are a couple of minor points that need to be addressed. First, out of 13 tracks, there's maybe 2 fillers. 11 tracks would have made for a tighter album.
Secondly, the album does have a slightly programmed feel to it in places, which listeners should be aware of. The extra dollars spent on the production is clear on most tracks, but on a few, the sound does sound a little thin.
Saying that, it is Tommy Denander's best work ever, even topping the excellent Radioactive album.
Track By Track:
Opening the album in unmistakable Tommy Denander style is the uptempo AOR number I Will Never Leave You Now. Straight off we are head first into Jidhed's amazing Perry-like vocals. This is a first rate track with a solid chorus and strong verse.
Full Circle steps the quality up another notch. This moody mid-to-uptempo song is pure AOR brilliance, with a killer chorus and strong melody line.
Silence Of The Heart is another track from the past pages of Tommy Denander's history. This uptempo track features a verse, bridge, chorus arrangement, with the chorus being of particularly good quality, as is the harmony vocals.
Someday is a slow to mid-tempo track with a swagger to it. Not a ballad, nor a rocker, it does feature a strong lead vocal and some good guitar work, but isn't a favourite from the album.
I Can't Let Go is the album's first ballad. Jidhed is in full sultry Steve Perry mode, also reminding me of Steve Augeri and the Journey album Arrival on this smooth, soft ballad. It's a pretty laid back track that builds a little, but remains within itself.
I felt the album needed a list at this point and that's what we get. Anyway You Want It is a guitar driven uptempo track that gets the blood racing with a strong verse and memorable chorus. It also features some strong backing vocals.
Now We Cry is another classic AOR track. Moody and mid-tempo, Jim's vocals rule this track, which is one of those big anthemic AOR numbers we all love.
Lost Angels is an old unreleased Steve Perry/Cliff Magnus track, which has been previously covered by Raine. I have to admit that I'm not into this version of the song as much as I thought I would be. Compared to some other tracks on the album, I think it feels a little flat and could have gained from being played at a faster tempo. The atmosphere of all the harmonies is cool, but I just feel that it falls short.
Not so the big power ballad of the album I'll Be Ready Then. This is first rate, A-Grade AOR in any sense of the word. If there is any justice it would be a worldwide hit. Very commercial, very catchy and very heartfelt. Some classy guitar work from Denander, massive harmony vocals and a monster lead vocal from Jim. Much better!
Falling In Love continues the best part of the album. This last few songs really hit the spot and make the album. This is a classic Def Leppard/Journey-esque feel good, uptempo pop rocker, with another keyboard filled, stand out chorus that AOR fans will adore.
Wish You Were Here continues the good vibes, this time with it's soft mid tempo pop touch.
Don't Lose Your Eyes kicks off with a guitar riff and heads into mid-tempo territory, featuring a strong guitar sound and verse, but could have done with a more impactful chorus.
Closing out the album is Marie, a soft, romantic acoustic ballad, filled with Jim's best softly sung, smooth vocals. A peaceful way of ending the album and very reminiscent of Steve Perry's work on For The Love Of Strange Medicine.

The Bottom Line
There's more than enough tracks to pick favorites from, as this is a high quality AOR release with a big sound in most places and plenty else for fans of pure AOR and Journey.
Lots of guitars, keyboards and a generally feel good tempo, it proves good classic era, high-tech AOR is still able to be made. A couple of minor points don't take away from the fact that it will be one of 2003's best releases.
Strings added from the Sweden Rock Orchestra add an extra dimension to the sound and texture of a few tracks. It's something I'd love to hear more of.

Line Up
Jim Jidhed: Vocals
Tommy Denander: Guitar, Keyboards, Programming
Marcus Liliequist: Drums
Henrik Thomsen: Bass

Additional Ratings

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