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AOR/Melodic Rock songs with impressive hooks and strong melodies.

Do you remember the singer Erika? – born in Skelleftea, Sweden, and whose 1990 album 'Cold Winter Night' went triple platinum in her native country (selling well in other territories also)? No? Well, those of you that do (and liked that album) will be very pleased to know that Erika is back with a brand new release on Escape Records entitled 'Deaf, Dumb & Blonde'.

This album sees her ditching the Modern Rock style of music she's been working on for the past few years, and in its place she has decided to go back to, shall we say, a more Classic Rock-orientated sound. Helping her out on the new album you'll find various members of Europe, Candlemass and In Flames, as well as Tommy Denander and a host of session musicians and singers... but it's the songs I know you'll be most interested in.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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Well, they are, for the most part, a great bunch of catchy as hell Melodic Rockers, full of Erika's strong vocals and some great musicianship. 'Killer' kicks proceedings off and it promises excellent things to come. When you can follow such a strong start with songs as up-beat and enjoyable as 'Heroes Of Heartbreak' (my personal fave), 'Suckerpunch', the wonderful semi-ballad 'Hearts Gone Bad', the fast-paced Rocker 'Sleeping With A Memory', 'Once Upon A Time', the sing-a-long that is 'Start Your Engine', and finally the hard-hitting 'Warhoney', you'll get why Erika, in my humble opinion, has been away from our scene for far, far too long.

This isn't really a comeback album, but more of a welcome back to Erika. So if you have any love for ladies who sing AOR/Melodic Rock songs with impressive hooks and strong melodies, then this album should be added to your shopping list as soon as possible.

Ian Johnson

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