Sonic Station – Next Stop
Genre : Melodic Rock/AOR
Label : Avenue of Aliies
Link : http://www.sonic-station.com/
It’s a shame that bands often get ostracized and condemned for having the slick sounds of Toto and Steely Dan, I mean, how can the production work really be considered an anomaly; back in the day, bands like that grabbed the attention of many an ear. The brainchild of producer/musician/songwriter Alexander Kronbrink, Sonic Station again executes the poppy side of Swedish melodic rock, thriving with the massive hooks complimented by the mealized guitars, lush keyboards, and powerful rhythmic punch; yet the pop/rock overtones that dominate puts everything in it’s place.
Featuring the tenor of Johan Boding (top Swedish vocalist with a big repertoire of theater performances) & contralto of Marika Willstedt singing various tunes throughout Next Stop; rockers including “Amelia” & “Catch Me if You Can” open the record on a bold note, moving on from that hard edge to mid tempo rockers which behold “Half of My Heart” and “Where Are You Now,” both easily giving you the urge to hop in the convertible and take a drive while “Fool for Your Love” & “Broken Man” give that AOR tinged soft rock splendor a run for it’s money. Much in the vein of Lionheart, Mr.Mister, Radioactive, Work of Art, and of course, Toto; Next Stop proves Sonic Station moving forward, as their last eponymous album proved strong, this one proves even stronger. It’s said via the band’s bio that Sonic Station is taking the 80’s into the future, which proves that this style of music is timeless and far from dated.
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