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Hope All Of My Days Escape Music
ESM181
Produced By: Hope

Running Time: 38.37

Release Date: Out Now

Released:

Musical Style: AOR/Meodic Rock

Links: Escape Music
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Songs: 92%
Sound: 90%
Just who is Hope and what have they done with Bryan Adams and Keith Scott?
To answer the first question, Hope are a new Swedish outfit with a long list of studio credits to their individual names, but collectively this is their debut release.
The second question - well it seems singer Henrik Thomsen has hijacked Bryan's voice box and his sense of songwriting and delivers a true Reckless/Waking Up The Neighbors style performance here.
Add in a little Stage Dolls to give the band their European influence and you should get the picture. And at the same time guitarist Mats Johanson seems to have a penchant for the style and sound of the great Bryan Adams guitarist Keith Scott.
These guys will obviously be right up there in the best newcomer of 2008 stakes and I can see the band attracting an instant fanbase with this release.
It is very well produced, very well executed and while a little too laid back in places, is still a very attractive traditional sounding melodic rock record.
I'm not sure that heading into a slow ballad straight after the rousing opener I Want You is a good move, but things are quickly put back on track with the Reckless rock n roll of All Of My Days a song that is so Bryan Adams that you might think both Adams and Scott are guesting.
The lush ballad Bring Down The Stars is quite something and the orchestral arrangement adds texture.
The more urgent uptempo rockers You Could Be Mine and See The Sign are familiar, yet fresh and potential hits given another time and decade.
The soulful and more laid back Come Alive is one of the best slower tracks, while the catchy and stomping Baby Don't Cry has a tempo and beat I would have liked to have heard more of.
The Bottom Line
Classic Adams fans need to check this out as do fans of Stage Dolls and traditional sounding Scandinavian melodic rock. A fine debut and a wonderful slice of easy going European melodic rock. Pink and fluffy still rules.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
All Of My Days

Line Up:
Henrik Thomsen: Vocals, Bass
Mats Johanson: Guitars
Imre Daun: Drums

Essential For Fans Of:
Bryan Adams
Stage Dolls
Track Listing
I Want You *
Why Don't We Talk About It
All Of My Days *
Bring Down The Stars *
You Could Be Mine *
See The Sign
Come Alive *
I'm Free
Somebody
Baby Don't Cry *
Saving All My Love

--*Best Tracks



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