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Ignition - 2003 Ignition
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gdazegod
on December 02 2003, In 2003 Articles , 1 Comment , 2374 Reads , Print



ARTIST: Ignition
ALBUM: Ignition
LABEL: MTM Music, Atenzia
SERIAL: 0681-65, ATZ-02007
YEAR: 2003

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Jan Johansen - vocals * Peter Soderstrom - guitars, keyboards, programming * Pontus Edberg - bass * Johan Kullberg - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Down On My Luck * 02 Tell Me You're Mine * 03 Father (Save Me) * 04 Fire With Fire * 05 You Can't Fool Me No More * 06 Babylon * 07 Night After Night * 08 Goodbye To The Good Times * 09 Should Have Done You Right * 10 First To Cry * 11 Time Is Running Out


Background
Through the grapevine I had heard little snippets of news about this Swedish band Ignition. Even the advance bio sheet supplied by the guys at Atenzia wasn't enough to give me any real clues about them. So imagine my surprise when the CD arrives, and I'm completely taken aback by the quality of it all. A pleasant surprise indeed, but it's obvious that some effort has been undertaken to gain maximum benefit. As the bio-sheet for Ignition refers, the band had its origins with Peter Soderstrom as the catalyst. Peter found singer Jan Johansen via the same studio complex. Coming together to express their love of playing melodic hard rock, Ignition is the end result. To round out the band, Edberg and Kullberg, both ex Lions Share came onboard, though Kullberg and Soderstrom had worked together previously in the band Frontiers (hey great name!). Peter has expertise in the production area, and this has obviously shone through on the songs. However, the album is populated with many outside contributions. In fact, only 2 out of the 11 tracks are Soderstrom written tunes. The rest? Well they are an assortment provided by some of the best songwriters in the genre. More on that as we progress through the tracks. Some mention must be made about singer Jan Johansen. A well known pop artist in Sweden, his foray into melodic rock is spectacular to say the least. A magnificent amalgam of Glenn Hughes and Steve Overland (FM), with an ear for pitch-perfect phrasing.


The Songs
Lots of keyboard effects introduce the lead-off track 'Down On My Luck', which moves in a similar vein to mid 90's era Talisman. Soderstrom's guitar growls with melodic intent on 'Tell Me Your Mine', the possessiveness of the tone matched only by the content of the lyrics. The Bob Marlette co-write 'Father (Save Me)' is a heavier ground-out affair, tempo-wise it's Led Zeppelin though the overall theme borders on 70's classic rock. No kidding. The first key juncture-point arrives with the Clif Magness written 'Fire With Fire'. Carefully constructed verses give rise to a thrilling chorus. The first Soderstrom original 'You Can't Fool Me No More' has the same sort of appeal that Signal provided us way back in 1989. Continuing in this vein is the commercial angle of 'First To Cry', the Signal connection being made yet again, as this is a Mark Baker written tune. The track 'Babylon' last covered by Starship on their 'No Protection' album is given different scope. I must say, this version is much more appealing due to its sense of the dramatic. 'Goodbye To The Good Times', the Bob Marlette gem (previously sung by Mark Free as a demo) gets a 2003 refresher. As always, the pre-chorus on this one is a stunner, as it was on the original demo! The tour de force without doubt is the awesome ballad 'Should Have Done You Right'. This one will be on people's lists early on in 2003. Get it onto radio please!! The Steve Overland styled vocalisms of Johansen are a joy to listen to. Finishing up the album is the tempered fury of 'Time Is Running Out', uptempo and accelerating as the title would suggest. There are more hooks on here than a Japanese fishing boat!


In Summary
For melodic rockers wanting to venture further with Ignition, I can say that this is a consistent album all the way through. It will be easy to put the CD on repeat play, judging from my experience over the last few weeks. The fact that there are many outside contributions onboard gives the album that added dimension of class, as only the best songs have been selected. Others may have preferred to see more originals, because quite frankly the two on display here are excellent. Again, I climb back onto my soapbox and say to followers of the scene, 'the new boys on the block is where the melodic rock scene is at right now'. And as I climb off again, I can say with certainty that 2003 is off to a firecracking start with a bit of Ignition to help us on our way.

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#1 | gdazegod on August 09 2017 13:13:46
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