Sunday, February 21, 2016

Swedish Erotica - Swedish Erotica (1989)


Country: Sweden
Year: 1989
Line-up: Mats Leven (vocals), Magnus Axx (guitars), Morgan LeFay (guitars), Johnny D'Fox (bass), BC Strike (drums)

Track Listing:
1.  Rock N' Roll City  
2.  Love on the Line  
3.  We're Wild, Young and Free  
4.  Hollywood Dreams  
5.  Love Hunger  
6.  Love Me or Leave Me  
7.  Downtown  
8.  She Drives Me Crazy  
9.  Loaded Gun  
10.  Rip It Off  
11.  Break the Walls bonus track  
12.  Hollywood Dreams (acoustic version) bonus track  







Fletchanator's comment: Pure and simple, Swedish Erotica's self-titled debut is one of the best examples of late 80s hard rock done right. It's a shame that this band doesn't get mentioned alongside the "big names" of the genre, because they're just as good. Their second album, in 1995, was heavier and had a different singer, best to avoid that one and listen to this instead.
The sound on this album is awesome, from the anthemic We're Wild, Young and Free to the ballad Hollywood Dreams, there aren't any bad songs among the bunch. What really puts it above a lot of other albums from this time is Mats Leven's voice. Leven - who went on to sing with Treat and Yngwie Malmsteen for an album each while also fronting symphonic metallers Therion and doom merchants Candlemass (a gig he still has) - is quite simply one of the best singers in hard rock, up there with Sebastian Bach.
I can't recommend this one highly enough! Turn it up and rock out!

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