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THE GRAND TRICK The Decadent Session (2006)

Sweden's The Grand Trick take us off into a different time and space when Blood, Sweat, and Tears and Chicago were blurring the lines between rock and pop, but with some added blues wailing guitar.

To be honest, they haven't got a snowballs chance in hell of making it in the UK, but over in mainland Europe there is an insatiable appetite for this style of music and the likes of "Late Morning Daze" will get the air guitars out at many a festival.

They throw in some grooves straight out of the Lucifers Friend and Uriah Heep style book, with some absolutely splendid riffs and solos. However, if there is one area where they need to get to work, its the vocals. They're a bit too one dimensional, not really hitting the heights the material demands, but Johan Dahnberg has got an excellent timbre to his voice, and I'm sure can ramp it up a bit.


Review by Stuart A. Hamilton

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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