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A highly recommended disc for anyone who has the taste for an unhurried mode of country infused rock.

Winter is a Swedish based act that has steadily been releasing albums since their appearance in 1999. Fronted by the tall dynamic figure of guitar swinging vocalist Anna-Lena Winter, the band create a sound that owes plenty to country music whilst also allowing both rock and pop qualities to seep through from time to time. The eleven songs that form ‘A Matter Of Time’ are all sung from the heart and are delivered with an effortless and organic style that best suits the bands rustic qualities. 

Anna-Lena’s vocals are the biggest draw here, as she owns a captivating voice that cannot help but win over the listener. Husky, strong and spirited with the ability to sound ethereal and atmospheric when needs be. This is without doubt the bands strongest trait throughout, and if you can imagine a cross between Stevie Nicks and KD Lang and you won’t be far off the mark.

Opening with the buoyant title track, which catches the band in their rockiest mood, this is a great pacey opener that sets a high-spirited benchmark for the remainder of the album. Things however don’t quite continue in this vein and the musical stance of the album dramatically changes from the second song onwards as ‘Face On The Wall’ provides a truer picture of the bands breezier, almost melancholy style nature. This quality still manages to conjure up a wealth of memorable tunes including the slow, laid back country infused ‘Book Of Love’, and again during ‘A Minute Away’, a ballad that owns a distinctive U2 tone due to its chiming guitar sound, whilst the shimmering atmospheric ‘Run’ hold a lasting impression way after the disc has come to an end. This is certainly a highly recommended disc for anyone who has the taste for an unhurried mode of country infused rock

Shaun 'Bosco' Smith

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