Coastland Ride - 2011 - On top of the world
1. Act Of Faith (One Million Reasons)
3. On Top Of The World
4. Second Chance
5. Made Up My Mind
7. Save You From Yourself
9. Strange Confusion
10. Jericho Falls
11. Nail Me To The Cross
Nearly nine long years after their debut self titled release, Swedish trio Coastland Ride return with their much delayed On Top Of The World.
Having signed to one of the brightest new labels in Melodic Rock - Avenue Of Allies, Coastland Ride have not only managed to get their second album released, but also their first album reissued and the chance to compare the two makes for an interesting journey.
The band are still all about combining prime-time Westcoast to an AOR attack and Pop sensibilities. However this time the results sound far more assured and rounded, with a more comfortable aura emanating from the songs. With just under a decade passing between the two albums, it is no surprise that Markus Nordenberg's vocals have evolved, however the results actually make him an even more convincing focal point for the band. With the passing of time possibly restricting Markus's range, the less forced attack makes for a far more relaxed, confident delivery which fuses perfectly with the songs
The result is an album that picks up the Coastland Ride trademarks from the debut while refining the bands sound with a top notch production. Each song has its unique style and the tunes come to the life through catchy melodies and tasteful arrangements and the lyrics are just as important as the music. Their stories combine actual events & fiction and the listener is invited to reflecton the lyrical themes while he enjoys the music. To elevate the songs to an even higher level tha bandinvited outside musicians to the recordings.
Street Talk and Lionville guitarist Sven Larsson for example can be heard on solo guitar on almost half of the songs on the brand new Coastland Ride release.
If you dig the AOR West Coast sound, revisiting the mid-Seventies to mid-Eighties, you should get on On Top of the World.
Markus Nordenberg - (lead & Backing Vocals, Keyboards),
Anders Rybank - (guitar,Keyboards, bass, programming),
Mikael Bohlin - (guitar,keyboards, programming)
Sven Larsson: - Guitar Solos on 1,2,5,7,11
Leif Eriksson - Guitar Solos on 3,8,10
Morgan Ostlin - Saxophone Solo on 4
Patrik Norman - Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Drums, & programming on 7,8
Marla Ritzen - Female vocals on 10
Mark Woznicki - The Voice on 10
Last Updated (Monday, 16 January 2012 08:12)