Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Mainstream/AOR | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 162 / 7-8-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 7/10 | Label: Avenue Of Allies | Autor: ML

Sonic Station, the project of guitarist and songwriter Alexander Kronbrink, comes along smooth with the second album "Next Stop". Every note is right. Even the use of two lead singers - Johan Boding and Marika Willstedt, who split the eleven songs - doesn't change the fact that everything runs smoothly. This is the finest and most balanced AOR with occasional hardrock undertones ("Half Of My Heart") and many ballads that remind of Toto ("Broken Man"). In contrast to many other recent AOR-/Melodic-Rock productions of the last few years, "Next Stop" captivates above all with its consistently gripping melodies. The voice of Johan Boding, who intones very powerfully, but also hits the high notes in a genre-typical way, makes sure that these really arouse emotions in the listener. Johan came on board on the recommendation of Marika and makes the second work of the Swedes a consistently successful album, even if its pearl with the six-minute atmospheric "Last Goodbye" only appears as the penultimate song.

Top track: Last Goodbye

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