Last Autumn's Dream - 2010 - Yes
1. I've Fallen Into You
2. The Sound Of A Heartbreak
3. Another Night
4. Fool's Game
5. If I Could Change The World
6. To Be With You
7. Michelle Don't Live Here No More
8. In This Thing Too Deep
9. Still Standin' Where Ya Left Me
10. Kissin' Goodbye My Tears
12. I Forgive You (Japan bonus track)
Swedish/German AOR/Rock band Last Autumn's Dream is back with Yes, a new album just issued in Japan, due in Europe and the rest of the world on January 21.
These guys can't have any spare time because it's not long ago (earlier last year) their previous album 'A Touch Of Heaven' was released and now they already have a brand new album out.
Since Last Autumn's Dream (like a lot of bands of this genre) don't tour, or tour very little, and many have own recording studios, they focus all their energy in the songwriting department and recording, but a few get such good results as them.
This band surpasses themselves with each album, and this isn't the exception.
This time they have provided a selection of extremely melodic (more than ever), dreamy tunes that definitely reinforce their reputations.
Yes is that good.
This japanese version opens with "I've Fallen Into You", a guitar-driven rocker, with a lot of feel and a good chorus, but they have done better before.
The only piano start of "The Sound Of A Heartbreak" provide a false start, because the song develops into a mysterious up-tempo rocker with a persistent sound effect which gives the track a unique sensation. Perhaps the most 'elaborated' track of the album. Very Good.
But the 'real' GREAT stuff of this album begins with "Another Night". This is just a perfect tune, just... perfect.
From the smooth, sweet, toneful performance by Erlandsson to the warm, colorful arrangements and clever production (just check the drum mix, subtle in the background but carrying the pace of the song) this mid-tempo ballad is a gem. A future classic? Surely YES!
Next, "Fool's Game"....it's a cover of the classic song appeared in Michael Bolton's '83 debut. Originally a rocker but LAD has painted the song with a poppy-AOR palette, and the result is just marvelous. I even like it better than the orriginal !!
"If I Could Change The World" is the first real ballad with awesome vocal harmonies and a bluesy heart (especially the guitars), but with the classic LAD style.
"To Be With You" ups the tempo into a classy european melodic rock with a catchy chorus, this kind of songs that LAD do so well. Excellent guitar solo on this one.
I love "Michelle Don't Live Here No More". Just love this style of songs. Acoustically filled, simple and generic, but lovely.
"In This Thing Too Deep" remembers me the earlier work by this band, a rocker with a strong rhythm and a powerful pre-chorus/main chorus. Melodic and effective.
"Still Standin' Where Ya Left Me" has a fat guitar and a very nice structure, maybe lacks the presence of a stronger chorus, but it's so melodic (like the whole album) that you'll love it.
And now... the best track of all: "Kissin' Goodbye My Tears". Yes, the Jeff Paris/Moon Calhoun song from the 'Moon Over Paris' demos. This tune is a cracker, a pure AOR gem very very well performed by Last Autumn's Dream. Damn, I love those keyboards!
"Survivor" has the spirit of the mid-eighties european metal bands, but obviously over-washed to fit LAD standards. This one might sound weak but just give it a couple of listens and the track grabs you.
I am not completely convinced with the japanese bonus track "I Forgive You", not bad, but to my ears sounds like a second hand TNT track.
Last song, the ballad "Alive", has a deep bass line and a moody, sad feel. Beautiful song.
Mikael Erlandsson - Vocals
Andy Malecek - Guitars
Jamie Borger - Drums
Nally Pahlsson - Bass
Last Updated (Monday, 31 January 2011 20:16)