2014COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: LINEUP:
Jim Jidhed - vocals * Tony Borg - guitars * Jimmy Wandroph - keyboards * Ken Sandin - bass * Toby Tarrach - drumsTRACK LISTING:
01 In Love We Trust * 02 Unbroken * 03 Love Will Lead Me Home * 04 I Believe * 05 Summer Of Love * 06 What Goes Up * 07 I'm A Fighter * 08 Wildheart * 09 Liar, Liar * 10 Look At Us Now * 11 Burning Heart * 12 In TruthRATING: WEBLINKS: www.alientheband.com
Their 1988 album is still talked about in hushed whispers. Even 25 years later. Though Alien went through a couple of iterations during the 1990's, plus 2005's 'Dark Eyes' era, many will agree that the 2014 version of the band (which is the original line-up) is the best reunion conceived since Leicester City's return to the English premier league! Still, everyone is asking 'is this the Alien of old?' And I'll have to say a resounding yes! Folks who attended Firefest a while back and witnessed the band live, would've been impressed by their comeback, the effort put into this CD is tantamount to a return of Lazarus like proportions!
Well not quite, but you get my drift and hyperbole, as I'm prone to do. It's the songs that ultimately count, and on 'Eternity', there are a heap to choose from. Alien have selected wisely with the AOR anthem 'In Love We Trust' leading the album in fine fashion. 'Unbroken' is a more organic tune, while the easy on the ear 'Love Will Lead Me Home' throws back to the late 80's, think Cutting Crew
combined. Alien have always excelled at ballads and 'I Believe' can now be added to their portfolio. However I much prefer it when the band throws off the shackles, as they do on 'Summer Of Love', which surges ahead in Survivor
like fashion. The spiky synths on 'What Goes Up' are what keyboardistas really enjoy, while the Barlow/Minto co-write 'I'm A Fighter' sounded oddly out of place to me. Perhaps they should've saved it for Fake I.D
'Wildheart' sees Alien move into anthem territory, and in doing so, lift their tempo and game into the higher realms. I enjoyed Tony Borg's guitar work on 'Liar Liar', showing he still has seriously good chops in abundance. 'Look At Us Now' reminds me of a whole bunch of songs from the past, more like a coloured palette rather than a sharp-point pen. I can hear some of that classic 1988 release embedded inside 'Burning Heart'. I guess that's easy to say when the original line-up is playing. Again, Borg turns up the Malmsteen styled licks to get us all excited. 'In Truth' finishes up as an acoustic ballad. This is something that Bob Catley
do real well, so to hear Jim Jidhed soar over this is a privilege.
It must seem strange how a band can reinvent 1988 and still make it feel relevant to those who enjoy melodic rock nearly two and half decades on. Reading out across the Net, there are heaps of people still flying the AOR banner, but unfortunately there aren't any in strategic positions of importance.. like radio and television. Thank god for You Tube, Facebook and Twitter. Oh shit, did I write that? A solid album, 'Eternity' should rise to the top by years end for many. Once again, thank you Sweden. I really should go live up there..
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