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H.E.A.T - Address the nation

4.26
Reviewer :
Juha Harjula Format: Album
Release date: 2012-03-28 Year: 2012
Label: Sony Music
Genre: AOR
Producer: Tobias Lindell
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Swedish H.e.a.t are back with a new album and talk about high expectations.  These youngest took the AOR-world by surprise with their debut album (2009) and followed up with another monster album called Freedom Rock (2010). Soon after Freedom Rock was released lead singer Kenny Leckermo decided to leave the band and question was could they survive that? The answer is a BIG YES. Erik Grönwall a former winner of Swedish Idol took over as front man with class. I was a bit unsure if he could fill Kenny’s shoes, but I have to admit that he does a damn fine job on Address The Nation. H.e.a.t is a group that can write huge AOR-songs and the arrangements are just outstanding. The production is the strongest they had so far and that thanks to Tobias Lindell that has done a brilliant work. Tobias has found the right mixture of the twin guitars from Dave Dalone and Eric Rivers with Jona Tee’s fantastic keyboard sound. Songwise this is the weakest (still far away from bad) album in my opinion and it took couple of spins for me to get hooked on few of the songs, but after that I can only say that this is AOR by huge numbers. The album opens up with the Arena rocker Breaking The Silence with powerful whoa-whoa-whoa´s in the best Giant style and the chorus is huge. Next up is the first single Living On The Run and this is an AOR with everything from stunning melodies to brilliant hooks and a chorus to die for. This could be the AOR-song of the year. Falling Down takes hold of your right away with a bombastic chorus and Erik sings awesome. The ballad The One And Only could have been written by Europe in the heyday but in the H.e.a.t standards this is just OK. Stunning keyboards opens up Better Off Alone and the pre-chorus is just amazing and runs into an outstanding chorus in the best Giant style and you don’t get closer to AOR-heaven and they have even a keyboard solo. In And Out Of Trouble is built up little like Straight For Your Heart from the debut, but what the hell did they bring the saxophone that ruins almost the song. Heartbreaker in another song with whoa-whoa-whoa choirs and this rocks big time with great riffs and a sing-a-long chorus that won’t leave your head when you heard it. The album rounds off with Downtown that grows for every spin, but I miss a strong chorus on this one, but still an enjoyable song. Well, H.e.a.t are back with strength and has recorded an outstanding album that won’t disappoint any fans out there and might even get new ones. So don’t hesitate to get yourself a copy of this monster album in the best Europe (Out Of This World), Giant and Starship (Love Among The Cannibals) style.


Tracklisting 1. Breaking the Silence
2. Living On The Run
3. Falling Down
4. The One and Only
5. Better off Alone
6. In And Out of Trouble
7. Need Her
8. Heartbreaker
9. It's All About Tonight
10. Downtown


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