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Salute Toy Soldier Escape Music
ESM195
Produced By: Martin Kronlund

Running Time: 48.02

Release Date: Out Now

Released:

Musical Style: Melodic Rock/AOR

Links: Escape Music
90%
Songs: 88%
Sound: 93%
What a great pairing of artists! The ever raspy, yet passionate and powerful vocalist Mikael Erlandsson (Last Autumn's Dream, Solo) has joined forces with the super producer/guitarist Martin Kronlund (Dogface, Gypsy Rose, Overland, Radio Silence) to produce a glorious rocking AOR album.
In place is the busiest production team in the business the Kronlund Choir I'll call them making this a solid and perfectly balanced recording, making one of the year's best and most powerful AOR albums.
The opening uptempo bliss of Lost In A Dream and Cheated are two of the best, most energetic AOR/hard rock anthems of the year just glorious!
Running Away With You and I Am Your Prisoner are tougher, slower and more direct, while I Really Want You In My Life is kind of in-between as far as style a straight forward melodic rocker.
Toy Soldier is a terrific mid-tempo and moody rock ballad that connects well to the more urgent, but equally moody Steel Desire.
Be A Star and Dynamite roll along at a reasonable pace not album highlights but not fillers either.
Yesterday Always Been Gone picks up the tempo again and features a strong chorus and nice riff.
It's My Time is a cool mid-tempo AOR track with another strong chorus and the album closes with the passionate and epic mid-tempo rock ballad Follow The Sun another terrific song and lead vocal.
The Bottom Line
Mikael Erlandsson fans don't even have to think about getting this and anyone with a Last Autumn's Dream record in their collection need to be thinking about adding this one too. A natural follow on from that band, Salute have a tougher more rocking sound, but equally delightful when it comes to melodies and hooks.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Toy Soldier

Line Up:
Mikael Erlandsson: Vocals, Keyboards
Martin Kronlund: Guitars, Bass
Imre Daun: Drums
Dan Helgesen: Organ

Essential For Fans Of:
Mikael Erlandsson
Last Autumn's Dream
Martin Kronlund
Track Listing
Lost In A Dream *
Cheated *
Running Away With You *
I Am Your Prisoner
I Really Want You In My Life *
Toy Soldier *
Steel Desire
Be A Star
Dynamite
Yesterday Always Been Gone *
It's My Time
Follow The Sun *

--*Best Tracks



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