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Bad Mad Man - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars

Bad Mad Man

Bad Mad Man
(Avenue Of Allies - 2012)

Sven Larsson is presenting his 2nd solo album, and I guess his name won't ring a bell... But he was a member of Street Talk, Xinema and Galleon and worked as a session guitarist for Lionville and Coastland Ride.

Bad Mad Man kicks off with Dance The Night Away, an AOR / Westcoast rocker... And it's one of the songs Mr. Larsson sings. The up-tempo rocker has a positive vibe and make you sing along. A bit heavier is Sin City, a hard rock tune sung be Göran Edman. The end of the song isn't typical for hard rock and shows that Sven Larsson's influences are vast. At the title track, a real rocker, Mr. Thomas Eriksson takes over the mic. But the tune also offers some slow passages and somehow Bad Mad Man is among my favorites... Perhaps because it surprises the listener. The balladesque Forever You & Me has a lounge jazz feel to it and Sven Larsson's guitar sings. At the instrumental Green Unit the guitar play reminds me a bit of Steve Miller.... The song is spiced up with saxophone - played by Totte Karlsson. I'm not a big fan of instrumental music, but this song I enjoy, perhaps because it has a jazzy touch.... Another of my favorites is Castle Of Mine which has jazzy edge, but due to the flute also has a Tull-ish element... The closer is another instrumental, it's called Welcome To My Island. Once again I'm surprised how much I enjoy the instrumental songs of Sven Larsson, believe it or not, I would welcome an instrumental album of this Swedish guitarist!

Actually I like the album, but hard rock lovers and AOR fans might not fall for it, coz many songs are based on Westcoast rock and have a jazzy edge. If this sounds interesting, then check out Bad Mad Man!

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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