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Well worth investigating.

Another issue of Fireworks, another new Melodic Rock band from, yep, you guessed it, Sweden! Though that isn't always necessarily a guarantee of quality, our Nordic cousins don't often let us down, and the debut from Cruzh definitely doesn't disappoint.

Essentially a trio of vocalist/keyboardist Tony Andersson, guitarist Anton Joensson and bassist Dennis Butabi Borg (drums are performed by guest Louisian Boltner), Cruzh were formed from the ashes of Glam Rockers TrashQueen in 2013. Rather than plough a similar musical furrow however, Cruzh embrace a slick eighties melodic AOR sound, augmented by a polished, pounding production. Blending the perfect commercial Pop/Rock of Bon Jovi (when they were good) with the big vocal harmonies and powerful drum sound of Def Leppard, the album brings to mind what Blue Tears achieved with their glorious debut in 1990, coupled with some inevitable Treat-ish Scandie-ness throughout a measured blend of punchy Rockers, stylish AOR anthems and svelte ballads.

The higher-pitched voice of Andersson bears a strong similarity to that of (fellow Swedes) Grand Design's Pelle Saether, accompanied by the occasional hint of Stage Dolls' front-man Torstein Flakne. But when the vocals are combined with some classy piano parts on the ballads 'Anything For You' and 'Stay', you get a distinct REO Speedwagon comparison; REO's Kevin Cronin would certainly also approve of the epic closing ballad 'Straight From My Heart'.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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However, it's the Rockier numbers that are the most alluring though; the quite stupendous 'Hard To Get' is a contender for "Chorus Of The Year", opener 'In 'N' Out Of Love', 'Aim For The Head' and the moodier 'Survive' aren't far behind, whilst 'Set Me Free' and 'Before I Walk Alone' inject a burst of pace as the album draws towards its finale. Excellently performed throughout, they refrain from overplaying their hand though, without feeling the need for every track to feature the oft requisite guitar solo.

First single 'First Cruzh' has been all over the internet for some time now, and though it's a good indicator of how Cruzh embrace the DL style harmonies and incorporate them into their style of AOR, it's far from the best track here. Well worth investigating.

Ant Heeks

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