Spin Gallery Standing Tall Atenzia Records
Produced By: Tommy Denander

Running Time: 51.09

Release Date: Out Now

Released: EU

Musical Style: Westocast/Pop/AOR

Links: Atenzia
Songs: 90%
Sound: 96%
The make-up of, and concept behind Spin Gallery is quite interesting. The band features three lead vocalists, with one Christian Antblad providing the bulk of lead tracks, with Kristoffer Lagerstrom and Magnus Weidenmo harmonizing and swapping for a lead vocal on a few of the album's tracks.
The music is almost entirely provided by the very talented Tommy Denander, who co-wrote most of the album's songs.
The production budget was obviously quite adequate, as the album sounds as full and as rich in texture as one would hope for as good as any major label release.
What this album represents is one of the finest examples of its kind currently in the market place.
The music is very smooth high-tech pop/AOR, all tightly produced and flawlessly executed.
The production style and multi-layered vocals give the album a very modern pop vibe, which is why it has found chart success in their native Sweden.
Style wise we are talking commercial Pop mixed with Westcoast, plus touches of modern pop and some traditional AOR for good measure.
Fans of Tommy Denander, Mr. Mister, Joseph Williams era Toto, David Foster, King Of Hearts or Chicago will find a lot to like about Spin Gallery.
Fans of modern pop acts like Invertigo, Martin Stenmark, Jamie Meyer and the like will absolutely love this.
Track By Track:
Standing Tall is as catchy as anything on any radio playlist right now. Perfect Westcoast/AOR with pitch perfect vocals and a nice little guitar riff from Tommy Denander.
Heartache is a groovy, more pop orientated track featuring all three vocalists - meaning the harmonies are layers deep. A catchy chorus, but a much more pop orientated song for those into sweeter things.
Am I Wrong is another uptempo pop track, this time with a hint of Joseph Williams era Toto and a very strong commercially friendly chorus.
I Still Recall is one of my favourite tracks. This is a haunting, musically sparse track with strong layered vocals driving the track. At times especially in the chorus it sounds like Go On era Mr. Mister and has that Richard Page style vocal.
No Looking Back is a little tougher and a little darker and makes for a good change of tempo at this point in the album. A strong lead guitar break is the backbone of the track.
My Heart is simply a perfect ballad. This Clif Magness penned track is a soft and haunting pop ballad that has charm oozing from every line. A wonderfully sentimental and vocally rich track.
Satisfied provides another well timed change in pace. This uptempo pop rocker lifts the album beautifully after the ballad before it and the chorus is one of the better anthems of the album.
Need To Be Free is another ballad of sorts, but a layered mid-tempo one that flows very easily through the speakers.
Living Without Lovin' is another very smooth and rather technical track certainly not your standard pop fare! A good chorus and some smooth musical chops make it an interesting track. And the lead guitar break is pure Steve Lukather.
Waiting In My Dreams is a cover of a Mr. Mister track from their unreleased fourth album Pull. Very typical of the band back then and fairly true to the Mr. Mister version.
To Hell And Back is a catchy uptempo pop rocker that features a nice AOR anthem style chorus and more layered vocals. It's one of the album's stronger tracks.
The soft Westcoast ballad Grace closes out the album. Fans of Tommy will be very familiar with this track, having already been featured on the debut Radioactive album and also as an instrumental on the Vol. 1 CD. To be honest, another new track would have been a better fit. The band do a very nice job of the track, but third time around is maybe one too many for the song.
The Bottom Line
A very rich and rewarding modern pop release. The style of the album dictates that not everyone that frequents this site will get into it - it really is rather light and very pop orientated release. But if the softer side of melodic pop/rock is of appeal, then there won't be many finer examples of sweet vocals, layered harmonies and smooth production that what is on offer with Spin Gallery's debut album.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Standing Tall

Line Up
Christian, Magnus & Kristopher: Vocals
Tommy Denander: Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Loops
Markus Liliequist: Drums

Essential for fans of:
Toto, Crossfade
Tommy Denander
Martin Stenmark, Jamie Meyer
Track Listing
Standing Tall*
Am I Wrong
I Still Recall*
No Looking Back
My Heart*
Need To Be Free
Living Without Lovin'
Waiting In My Dreams
To Hell And Back
--*Best Tracks

19/11/06: Matute -
Rating: 98
This is my favourite Tommy Denander album!! And one of my favourites ever!!! Perfect production and songs... for every AOR and pop fan this is a must. Catchy as hell!

13/08/05: Steve Newman -
Rating: 95
It's nice to sit down a write a review of a bands album , rather than worrying what people are writing about your own albums!!

I heard this album about 2 months ago, and to be honest it's been in my car ever since. Great songs, great production. Great use of modern loops and recording techniques just takes this a cut above most other albums out there. Someone else mentioned the word "uplifting", and that is exactly what it is.

Well done guys, looking forward to hearing more from you !

27/07/04: Ian -
Rating: 95
Tommy Denander and AOR,a marriage made in heaven.Spin Gallery make cool AOR/Westcoast style rock that deserves to listened to.One of the best albums of the year.expertly delivered vocals and perfectly produced,the music speaks for itself.Essential.

Rating: 81

27/05/04: Tommy Denander -
Rating: 0
I'm deeply touched by all the feedback!!!
I had a blast doing this album and i hope we get to do another one!.
All the best

26/05/04: Chewsmoka -
Rating: 95
So impressive that anybody who hears it can't place the style of music, and it's so catchy. Most people that heard it thought it was the Bee Gees, and I can def. see the similarities, but that's where it ends. Crisp sound and production, and no reason this shouldn't be all over US radio, it would tear up the charts! Way better than Pride OF Lions and Mecca? Just in production quality only, reccommeded to all

17/05/04: Rick -
Rating: 92
The album of the year. Way better than the overrated Mecca and Pride of Lions albums - the best band Tommy has ever been involved in. AMAZING production. Almost like a European Nelson with the 3 part harmonies. Well done guys!!!

30/03/04: GlenRavine -
Rating: 90
Totally surprised - this is a fine uplifting catchy pop-melodic disc. Reminds of The Outfield - love it - like Mark said - it is a finely produced DISC all around from recording to performance.

29/03/04: freddy de keyzer -
Rating: 90
I seldom give an album a 90 rating or more, but this is such a gem that it fully deserves this rating ! It's indeed on the softer side of AOR, even sometimes a bit poppy, but done with such a class that it is head and shoulders above other albums in the same vein.
What this makes that good are the classy songs ! The best songs from Mr. Denander and co.ever. And look also out for a Belgian project from Kurt Vereecke, called Frozen Rain, where mr. Denander has been involved (great AOR !).
This is a great CD ! Recommended !

29/03/04: Mark -
Rating: 90
The most accomplished release of 2004 so far. An excellent recording, good songs; production and performances. Although the album is mainly westcoast / pop orientated, there are some nice guitar licks here and there, particularly on the title track. The harmonies throughout the record are first class with the synergy between Christian Antblad, Kristoffer Lagerstrom and Magnus Weidenmo clearly evident. Tommy Denander is just one incredibly talented guy and it looks like he has again done the business here - hopefully some commercial success will come with this record? Buy this if you like well performed, well written songs.

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