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Stefan Berggren - 'Stranger In A Strangeland' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/bc/b1/4c/stefan-berggren-stranger-in-a-strangeland-31-1524146882.jpg

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A well formulated album with some great playing.

Formerly of Snakes In Paradise, M3 and Company Of Snakes, this is Stefan Berggren's solo album but one featuring Bernie Marsden and Neil Murray among a number of guests. This is a retro Blues Rock album with some great musicianship in evidence.

Opener 'Sands Of Time' is a soulful ballad notable for some nice gypsy style string arrangements. 'Coming Home' has some masterful Blues guitar from Marsden, recalling his glory days in early Whitesnake. Folky number 'Ain't Got No Woman' gives us acoustic and electric guitar delivered with gusto. 'Keef Song', about a woman who once played a Keith Richards song (so yes, it is THAT Keef), shows us the album is not without humour.

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'Long Gone Down The Road' has a retro harmonised chorus which remind me a little of the first David Coverdale's Whitesnake album. Title track 'Stranger In A Strangeland' is an atmospheric classic seventies style number with retro-style electric keyboards. Rockier number 'Depression' reminds a little of Deep Purple when it goes full tilt on the chorus. 'Life Goes On' and 'Do What You Do' reminded me a little of Richie Kotzen's solo stuff, with great expressive vocal delivery drawing on a Rock 'n' Roll heritage. Final track 'Bye Bye Baby' is a slower, late night lounge-style number with trumpet and strings giving it a classy old time feel.

This is a well formulated album with some great playing. It's not going to win any prizes for breaking any moulds, but those that buy it will prize it for just that reason.

Dawn Osborne

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