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MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS
'Address The Nation'
Swedish melodic hard rockers H.E.A.T return with that all important third album, a follow up to the critically acclaimed 'Freedom Rock'. Yet this album is a little more special as it features new singer Erik Gronwell.
H.E.A.T had already made a big splash for themselves in their homeland with Top 10 hits and got themselves to the finals of the Swedish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest with the excellent '1000 Miles'.
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World domination was expected for our jolly Swedes after the release of their second album but they committed commercial suicide a month after it's release when a clash of egos meant that singer Kenny Leckremo went his own way playing his last dates with the band on low profile dates here in the UK.
Fans were in up in arms thinking it was all over. As soon as the roller coaster had reached it's height, it all seamed downhill from there.
The fans were still in doubt when it was announced that the new vocalist was the winner of Swedish Idol 2009. All doubts were pushed aside with a successful slot at Download Festival last year with Classic Rock Magazine proclaiming: "A fully-fledged homage to AOR that bellies their youth, H.E.A.T are one of the weekend's unexpected highlights."
H.E.A.T. have made another feel good factor rock album and very much has the spirit of Bon Jovi's 'Slippery When Wet' album. Produced by Tobias Lindell (Europe, Hardcore Superstar) this album sensibly clocks in at around the forty minute mark with ten songs that make you reach for the repeat button as soon as you get to the end.
Yes this album is full of punchy choruses and those Bon Jovi-esque "Whoah"'s and "Hey"'s. Just check out the intro to 'Breaking The Silence' where the band 'Let It Rock'.
It's hard to pinpoint the best tracks on here but I can't stop playing the opener, the new single 'Living On The Run', 'Better Off Alone' and my favourite of the lot, 'In And Out Of Trouble' which features some neat sax appeal, or is that a clarinet...?
Who cares, this is pure AOR bliss that is crying out to be blasted at full volume in your car in the summertime with the sun roof down.
Erik Gronwell has stamped his new identity all over this album... It rocks... H.E.A.T are H.O.T, H.O.T, H.O.T...