Vera : The previous album of Swedish pomp rock aficionados The Night Flight Orchestra came out about a year ago and ’Amber Galactic’ turned into a huge success. Instantly praised in all kinds of magazines and nominated for a Swedish Grammy nomination, that was the result. They did their first European tour with verve.
Thus let’s strike while the iron is hot and consequently ‘Sometimes The World Ain’t Enough’ will be launched at the world scarcely one year after the breakthrough CD. The band – with members of Soilwork (vocalist Björn Strid and guitarist David Andersson) and Arch Enemy (bassist Sharlee D’Angelo) in their ranks – has written twelve brand new songs that needlessly suit along the lines of its predecessor. Instantly haunting songs, easygoing stuff, with a positive vibe, rendered with respect for the eighties. In a (sleek and smooth) production of keyboardist Richard Larsson, the band invokes genuine nostalgia to that era. Everything is done to a turn, even the outfit from singer Björn Strid with red cap and white jacket. Extremely not done, yet ultimately familiar. Single ‘This Time’ steams in with an icy high-pitched shriek, but it turns into a firm rock song with fervent guitar solos. ‘Turn To Miami’ happens to be inspired by Fleetwood Max and thus it is smooth and swinging. Mark the polished background choirs which pop up in nearly every track. ‘Paralyzed’ includes any groove-laden funk influences, and the title track never ignores the huge impact of Toto.
The pomp rock of ‘Moments Of Thunder’ might easily fill huge arena halls and the general positive vibe remains in ‘Speedwagon’, inspired by Swedish pop bands and it is hard to ignore the link with REO Speedwagon. And that’s how the entire album appears to be a celebration of the past, very recognizable, with soaring guitar lines in ‘Lovers In The Rain’ and a strong (disco)beat in ‘Pretty Thing Closing In’ making it really fetching. The space theme is still present, with the sophisticated woman adding any spoken words from time to time and a wide range of amazing guitar and keyboard soloing. As occluding track we have once again a longer one. The Last Of The Independent Romantics’ starts calm and sensitive, but then it has a natural flow towards more prowess. It turns into a powerful composition with loads of solos. With this album they will prolong their success without any doubt and in autumn a next European tour is already scheduled.