One super cool band from Sweden is THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA, with their retro sound and nice blend of AOR, melodic hard rock and progressive as well as pompous elements.
This is their fourth album and they just keep on getting better. There is a kind of obvious “Hey, we’re solid rockers with class!” feel to everything they do.
Who can stand still to a smashing AOR tune like “Turn to Miami”? It’s marvellous. The title track “Sometimes the world ain’t enough” is almost as good; intense guitars but mixed up by a plinky piano sound almost in SUPERTRAMP’s level – but the style is a bit heavier than them, still very AOR:ish and with a theatrical vibe to it. I think of fellow Swedes’ THE ARK when they reached their most melodic moments. However, I dare say were never this good (and that says a lot!).
There are clear pomp spices in the awesome “Moments of thunder”, yet again with nice plinky keys. “Speedwagon” continues in the same winning mode, while “Lovers in the rain” is like a slightly heavier ABBA! I’ll admit that the overall feeling in “Can’t be that bad” is that it is stolen from somewhere, but it can’t be that bad, can it (!!)?
In the first gasps of breath in the NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA career I wasn’t fully on terms with the lead voice of BJÖRN STRID but now he just sounds perfect for the job. This is one of the best albums I’ve heard so far in 2018.