Angeline - 2010 - Confessions
2. Another Night (Without You)
3. Fuel To Your Fire
6. Good Is Getting Better
7. Love & Affection
8. Rock Of Ages
9. Part Of Evolution
11. Someday Somehow
12. Running On Empty
Impressively this Swedish band has been around since 1987 and "Confessions" is just the debut full length release. Going through the band's bio one can easily realize that this time period was not a walk in the park !
The fact that Angeline hail from Sweden carrying the AOR music label should say much to the trained ear and of course to the die-hards of this genre.
The slightly distorted riff opens for "Pray!" that shows the album's teeth right from the start. The hearty guitar vibrato along with an almost US-oriented Hard Rock attitude are the main elements that will make you question the fact that this is a debut album. Jocke Nilsson has the right voice timbre in fit for this type of music, not too harsh and not too mellow. He has the exact portion of those two characteristics serving at ease the fast and the slow songs.
I really enjoyed the guitars in "Love & Affection" (love the wah wah effect here), in "Part Of Evolution" (killer vibrato) and in the hard hitting "Running On Empty".
Although the album has strong bonds to the early AOR days, there is also a modern finishing touch giving the music a certain level of originality that is more than appreciated here. If I was to give a short description of Angeline that would be something in between Aerosmith's vintage rock and Buckcherry's almost sleazy attitude.
So, if you are fond of the AOR sound and do not mind the modern finishing touches then Angeline can be a great addition to your CD collection and also a fitting album for long road trip under the summer sun.
Written by Gino
Last Updated (Thursday, 19 August 2010 20:26)