A.C.T.Last Epic Atenzia ATZ02005
Once in a while you hear a band you previously knew nothing about, like
A.C.T. a Swedish band. They are a five piece consisting of Jerry Sahlin
(vocals/keys), Ola Andersson (guitars/vocals), Herman Saming (vocals), Peter
Asp (bass) and Thomas Lejon (drums). Quite simply this CD is unlike anything
I've heard for a long time. They remind in places of ELO, Queen, Supertramp,
Cheap Trick and Jellyfish - not a bad combination at all!
Melody and harmonies are a key ingredient to the album's success from the
Supertramp/ELO high harmonies on the superb 'The Cause' or the ELO style
strings that link many of the songs. Quirkiness exists on 'The Effect' -
bits of jellyfish in the mix. Prog rock fans will enjoy 'Wailings From A
Building', interesting mix of guitar with piano and some chunky riffing on
the chorus. 'Mr. Landlord' is a prime slice of Scandavian melodic rock with
a catchy hook and a song structure not unlike a show song! 'Torn By A
Phrase' mixes shade and light with acoustic moments mixed with guitar
bombast - Dream Theater fans will enjoy this.
Can you tell I like this album just a bit? Get a copy now! The band
really are something a bit different and manage to take the influences of
the aforementioned bands to meld it into a very modern and enjoyable style.
But A.C.T. have their own sound and given some exposure, this album deserves
to be a hit.
Review by Jason Ritchie
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly