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2013 2013 2013 <a href="http://q.gs/1481274/houston-2" target="_blank"><img alt="HOUSTON - II (2013) Denander CD" class="alignnone" height="475" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5R2qrtCXVdQ/UiQNgnToqfI/AAAAAAAAC7E/EWOQpmc9bLU/s1600/Houston+II+2013+Hank+Erix.gif" width="475" /></a><br /><br /><span style="color: #6aa84f; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: x-large;"><b>*</b></span><br /><br />With their debut three years ago, Swedes HOUSTON brought to us the classic AOR sound of the '80s with all the magic - perhaps like no other band - since the glory days of the genre. Some quality EPs/singles followed, and now the second full length is here released today; Houston "II".<br /><br />"II" follows the debut quite nicely and naturally with big hooks, lovable melodies and of course, tons of keyboards &amp; choruses. Producer Ricky Delin has joined vocalist Hank Erix and drummer Freddie Allen as a full-time member on keyboards, with guru Tommy Denander guesting on guitar and Soufian Ma'Aoui on bass. <br />The new album kicks off with the keyboard driven "Glory", a huge classy AOR track in an old fashioned way plenty of mojo. Then "I'm Coming Home" is a smash hit, pure and simple, with a keyboard line and vocal harmonies tackling classic Asia meets Boston, while the guitar break lays down a thick Neal Schon-like emotive ending. <br />Quickly "Return My Heart" grabs you again with its comforting mid-tempo AOR bliss, perfect for those who were looking for a sing-a-long number to squeeze with their loved one a la Nelson or Rick Springfield. <br />This opening trio is simply amazing, each one of the songs armed with gloriously catchy choruses and keyboard hooks.<br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="267" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9bHXvrnIv1E?rel=0" width="474"></iframe><br /><br />These guys excels at using the larger than life keyboard tones but with a class and elegance not usually heard nowadays. Adding Ricky Delin as permanent ivory orchestrator has paid its dividends on "II", as Houston gained a remarkable maturity, solidity in the songwriting and arrangements.<br />Another distinctive point in this Houston second offering is Hank Erix's singing. His vocals are quite atypical for the AOR genre as he delivers a kind of a smooth mid-range nature, more in common with the Scandinavian Melodic Rock new wave, like Brother Firetribe for example. And this really works great for Houston.<br /><br />On the velvety, sultry ballad "Talk To Me", Houston takes us back to a time when the breezy melodies ruled the radio, with an L.A. westcoast touch but with the Scandi essence imprinted all over it.<br />Then "Back To The Summer Of Love" arrives... an the absolute highlight here. A blasting melody, a sweet sing-a-long chorus line and a terrific hook to die for. Track 5 and I'm sold: I love these guys.<br /><br />"24 Hours" and "On The Radio" continues with the uptempo / soft rocking feel good vibe and inspired melodies. "Losing" is maybe two degrees harder, and among my favourite tracks; strong Denander driving riff, great chorus and keyboards galore. It's one of those songs that grabs you from the start and makes you whistle it for days.<br />"Just Friends" may result too extremely sweet for some, but this is class AOR people. It's a duet between Hank Erix and the impressive Minnah Karlsson, who was the runner-up in Swedish Idol 2010. <br />The album closing track "Believe" is a solid number, very Totoesque (Isolation-era), featuring a nice 'n cool accapella intro.<br /><br />Houston has noticeably grown with "II", creating a rather appealing sound for themselves. Although their AOR is that of the softest kind, there's still a pulsating Scandi Melodic Rock energy and passion in their songs. <br />The AOR album of the year? For this AOR sucker, probably yes. <br />One thing that it's sure is that Houston has recorded a great and pure AOR record in the best tradition of the genre embodied with their own touch, not just exercising a revival. Kudos to the guys and their exquisite taste and talent.<br />Houston "II" is <b>First Clas</b>s wimp rock, and yes, to this reviewer, <b>a must have</b>.<br /><br /><br />02. I'm Coming Home<br />03. Return My Heart<br />04. Talk to Me<br />05. Back to the Summer of Love<br />06. 24 Hours<br />07. On the Radio<br />08. Losing<br />09. Just Friends<br />10. Believe<br /><br />Hank Erix - lead vocals<br />Freddie Allen - drums<br />Ricky Delin - keyboards, synths, production<br />Tommy Denander - guitars<br />Soufian Ma'Aoui - bass<br />Calle Hammer - add. guitars, keyboards<br />Minnah Karlsson - vocals<br /><br /><br />BUY IT !<br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">www.amazon.co.uk/ii-Houston/dp/B00DUPU55W</span><br />.<br> 2013 2013 2013 <br><a href="http://q.gs/1481274/houston-2" target="_blank"><img alt="HOUSTON - II (2013) Denander CD" class="alignnone" height="475" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-5R2qrtCXVdQ/UiQNgnToqfI/AAAAAAAAC7E/EWOQpmc9bLU/s1600/Houston+II+2013+Hank+Erix.gif" width="475" /></a><br /><br /><span style="color: #6aa84f; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: x-large;"><b>*</b></span><br /><br />With their debut three years ago, Swedes HOUSTON brought to us the classic AOR sound of the '80s with all the magic - perhaps like no other band - since the glory days of the genre. Some quality EPs/singles followed, and now the second full length is here released today; Houston "II".<br /><br />"II" follows the debut quite nicely and naturally with big hooks, lovable melodies and of course, tons of keyboards &amp; choruses. Producer Ricky Delin has joined vocalist Hank Erix and drummer Freddie Allen as a full-time member on keyboards, with guru Tommy Denander guesting on guitar and Soufian Ma'Aoui on bass. <br />The new album kicks off with the keyboard driven "Glory", a huge classy AOR track in an old fashioned way plenty of mojo. Then "I'm Coming Home" is a smash hit, pure and simple, with a keyboard line and vocal harmonies tackling classic Asia meets Boston, while the guitar break lays down a thick Neal Schon-like emotive ending. <br />Quickly "Return My Heart" grabs you again with its comforting mid-tempo AOR bliss, perfect for those who were looking for a sing-a-long number to squeeze with their loved one a la Nelson or Rick Springfield. <br />This opening trio is simply amazing, each one of the songs armed with gloriously catchy choruses and keyboard hooks.<br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="267" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9bHXvrnIv1E?rel=0" width="474"></iframe><br /><br />These guys excels at using the larger than life keyboard tones but with a class and elegance not usually heard nowadays. Adding Ricky Delin as permanent ivory orchestrator has paid its dividends on "II", as Houston gained a remarkable maturity, solidity in the songwriting and arrangements.<br />Another distinctive point in this Houston second offering is Hank Erix's singing. His vocals are quite atypical for the AOR genre as he delivers a kind of a smooth mid-range nature, more in common with the Scandinavian Melodic Rock new wave, like Brother Firetribe for example. And this really works great for Houston.<br /><br />On the velvety, sultry ballad "Talk To Me", Houston takes us back to a time when the breezy melodies ruled the radio, with an L.A. westcoast touch but with the Scandi essence imprinted all over it.<br />Then "Back To The Summer Of Love" arrives... an the absolute highlight here. A blasting melody, a sweet sing-a-long chorus line and a terrific hook to die for. Track 5 and I'm sold: I love these guys.<br /><br />"24 Hours" and "On The Radio" continues with the uptempo / soft rocking feel good vibe and inspired melodies. "Losing" is maybe two degrees harder, and among my favourite tracks; strong Denander driving riff, great chorus and keyboards galore. It's one of those songs that grabs you from the start and makes you whistle it for days.<br />"Just Friends" may result too extremely sweet for some, but this is class AOR people. It's a duet between Hank Erix and the impressive Minnah Karlsson, who was the runner-up in Swedish Idol 2010. <br />The album closing track "Believe" is a solid number, very Totoesque (Isolation-era), featuring a nice 'n cool accapella intro.<br /><br />Houston has noticeably grown with "II", creating a rather appealing sound for themselves. Although their AOR is that of the softest kind, there's still a pulsating Scandi Melodic Rock energy and passion in their songs. <br />The AOR album of the year? For this AOR sucker, probably yes. <br />One thing that it's sure is that Houston has recorded a great and pure AOR record in the best tradition of the genre embodied with their own touch, not just exercising a revival. Kudos to the guys and their exquisite taste and talent.<br />Houston "II" is <b>First Clas</b>s wimp rock, and yes, to this reviewer, <b>a must have</b>.<br /><br /><br />02. I'm Coming Home<br />03. Return My Heart<br />04. Talk to Me<br />05. Back to the Summer of Love<br />06. 24 Hours<br />07. On the Radio<br />08. Losing<br />09. Just Friends<br />10. Believe<br /><br />Hank Erix - lead vocals<br />Freddie Allen - drums<br />Ricky Delin - keyboards, synths, production<br />Tommy Denander - guitars<br />Soufian Ma'Aoui - bass<br />Calle Hammer - add. guitars, keyboards<br />Minnah Karlsson - vocals<br /><br /><br />BUY IT !<br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">www.amazon.co.uk/ii-Houston/dp/B00DUPU55W</span><br />.<br>2013 2013 2013 <br> <a href="http://www.matrixar.com/" title="Matrix ">المصفوفة : أجمل الخلفيات والصور</a>

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