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Music Review: Autumn Breeze – The Autumn Band

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“Life Is Just Another Day” opens The Autumn Band the album that marks the welcome return of Sweden’s Autumn Breeze. After a 30 year gap during which guitarist Gert Nilsson and singer Leif Forsberg both passed away the band has regrouped and delivered an album crammed full of diverse ideas.

It opens with an atmosphere that is further enhanced by the accompanying video which can be seen on the bands website. It provides the perfect tribute to their fallen friends.

Life may be “just another day” but this is not just another album. This one will be enthusiastically snapped up by fans that remember the band from their career which spanned the period from their formation in 1972 through to 1979. These same fans will remember their first studio album Hostbris which was released towards the end of that era and is available from the band’s website along with other goodies.

The opening two tracks “Life Is Just Another Day” and “Sorrow” ooze the anticipated class and quality amid an emotional air of gentle reflection that marks the band’s return. Both tracks tap nicely into Autumn Breeze’s laid back folk-prog side which, as this album underlines, represents only part of what the band are about.

The spell is broken by the up-tempo rocker “Love My Baby.” It’s the first of many trademark twists and turns in the 12 track set. The flute flavoured instrumental “Schon fur Schasen” settles it back down again creating a misty eyed mood enriched by the bands musicianship.

“Music is a perfect thing,” says keyboard player Jan Warnqvist on their website, “it does not care about limits and boundaries – big enough to move your world and small enough to fit on a USB stick.” With this he brings the ideals of the band right up to date and when “Until Finished” takes us along an impossibly catchy path it becomes clear that the band has built up a whole host of ideas during the subsequent quickly changing years.

“Going Down To Africa” captures the very essence of the place, its people, the sunsets, the scenery, the dust and the colour. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Madness” takes another twist with a song that is guaranteed to re-surface when you least expect it. “Fried Eggs” takes a loving look back to days long gone as the band set out on its journey by “rehearsing in the cellar when everyone was there.”

The story of “Gruba” follows with some excellent lines such as, “he went down to Sunset Boulevard but he never saw a star.” It leads to the vibrant, synth-soaked instrumental “Massosen.” A tongue in cheek “Please Get On The Bus” revisits “Mombasa” which takes us back to the hot African sun and arrives complete with scene setting percussion.

Welcome back Autumn Breeze it was worth the wait.

For details of how to get hold of a copy please visit the official website.

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