LAST AUTUMN’S DREAM – Secret Treasures [Japan Edition +4] (2018)
Near to Christmas, every year, we have a new LAST AUTUMN’S DREAM out in Japan. 2018 not an exception, and “Secret Treasures” will be released tomorrow, including 4 bonus tracks. The European version will appear next year.
With many of the Last Autumn’s Dream members busy with other projects – i.e. Jamie Borger with Treat or Nalle Pahlsson with the upcoming great Gathering Of Kings – the band decided to include in “Secret Treasures” songs written many years ago but never used.
Additionally, there’s some remixes / updated versions, and singer Mikael Erlandsson own songs done in a Last Autumn’s Dream – hence this release sports at the cover ‘Mikael Erlandsson and Last Autumn’s Dream’.
I was a afraid to hear here discarded, sub-par quality songs.
Well folks, not only all these songs are very good, but also Last Autumn’s Dream are back rocking like they didn’t in the last 10 years or so.
Indeed, the recent album by Last Autumn’s Dream ffound the band going for a very light sound, melodic rock very close to pop / Eurovision at places.
“Secret Treasures” rocks with a melodic hard pulse, bringing to mind the early days of the band, and I love it.
‘Eye of the Hurricane’ kicks of the record with punchy drums and sharp guitars, the melodic waves characteristic of the band appears in the verses, and the chorus is infectious, with a H.E.A.T feel.
Next, ‘Evil’ continues with stinging guitars and an even more anthemic chorus (think WET), the the soaring melodic rock shows its face on ‘Pain’, yet with aggressive vocals and riffs.
Yeah, the spirit of Last Autumn’s Dream I & II is back!
I think ‘Have to Let You Go’ is Mikael Erlandsson song, a midtempo AOR tune with a classy Scandinavian atmosphere, ‘Why’ is fun and poppy melodic rock with a sweet chorus, while ‘Break Another Night’ is just another solid uptempo melodic rock tune with lots of harmony layers.
LAD rock again, and pretty hard, with the joyful ‘OK’, I really love the pulse of ‘When She’s Gone’, then Erlandsson and the guys go for a Beatlesque melody on the gentle ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
‘Brand New Life (Remix)’ is just that, a remix of one of the best songs from LAD ‘II’, and in my opinion oone of their best song ever, when the great, late Marcel Jacob was still in the band. Superb song with a welcomed update.
Also ‘Running (Remix)’ and ‘Up in Paradise (Remix) from the same era, and one wonders how much the band has morphed over the years.
Last Autumn’s Dream did a clever move with “Secret Treasures”; they keep the band alive (all members are involved into several projects) recovered old songs and recorded them with the early LAD sound & style resulting not only in one of their most rocking albums to date but one of the strongest Melodic Hard Rock albums of the year!
01. Eye of the Hurricane
04. Have to Let You Go
06. Break Another Night
08. Love Is the Answer (Remix)
09. When She’s Gone
10. Alice in Wonderland
11. Brand New Life (Remix)
12. Running (Remix)
13. Up in Paradise (Remix)
14. (Always Be) You and I (Remix)
Mikael Erlandsson (Vocals)
Peter Soderstrom, Sayit Dolen, Andy Malecek (Guitars)
Thomas Lassar (Keyboards)
Nalle Pahlsson, Joel Starander, Marcel Jacob (Bass)
Jamie Borger, Pontus Engborg (Drums)