Mikael Erlandsson is one of the most respectful rock artists in the melodic rock/AOR scene over the last 25 years. With, already five (with this new one six) solo records, guested as singer in many projects/bands (Phenomena, Radioactive, Salute and Love Under Cover among others) and fifteen albums with Last Autumns Dream, Erlandsson is considered a legend in this scene.
Mikael's new album in entitled "Capricorn Six" and what you are about to hear is an album full of melodies, catchy hooks n' choruses, edgy guitars, an updated sound and, most of all, Mikael Erlandsson's passionate performances.
After a couple of spins of this new opus, I have to say that I really like this record a lot. Ten solid songs, without a filler in sight, that will be appreciated by any fan of the melodic rock world in general.
Musicians on the album are Sayit Dölen (guitar), Pontus Engborg (drums) and Joel Starander (bass). The record was produced by Claes Andreasson and Mikael Erlandsson and mixed and mastered by Martin Kronlund (guest guitar themes on ”Eye of the hurricane” , ”Break another heart” & ”I just wanna love you”).
The opener tune of "Eye Of The Hurricane" is just killer melodic edgy AOR stuff at its best. Killer melodies, killer guitars, strong performances and, in general, every little thing here is killer! The commercial and up-tempo tune of "Why" is one of my personal favorites here while in "Evil" Mikael offers one of the best tunes in his career. Edgy, powerful and with an amazing hook this song is pure candy in my ears. The beautiful ballad "Hard To Let You Go" is very good, very emotional and in "Break Another Heart" we are just dealing with yet another highlight out of the new album. I love the feel-good vibe that is featured in "OK" and "Alice In Wonderland" reminds me a bit of Last Autumn's Dream latest works.
If you are a fan of Last Autumn's Dream, then this album is just for you without a second thought. But, also, if you love quality Scandi Melodic Rock, then Mikael Erlandsson's "Capricorn Six" album is a must purchase. One of this year's highlights, for sure!
Rating : 9/10