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Night Flight Orchestra - 'Amber Galactic'

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What a find, what a treat, what a contender for Album Of The Year.

Björn Strid wants this to be the soundtrack of the summer. If there's any justice, it will be. This third album from the Soilwork front-man – with David Andersson and Sebastian Foreslund on guitars, Sharlee D'Angelo (Arch Enemy) on bass, Jonas Källsbäck drumming and Richard Larsson on keyboards – is a killer.

They have a love of seventies and eighties Rock, but don't call it a guilty pleasure because they aren't guilty at all. The journey from Metal to melodrama is not tortuous for them and thank goodness for that; this may be even better that the previous two (The) Night Flight Orchestra releases and they had already set the bar high. Less seventies perhaps, more eighties maybe, this is driving Rock with lovely soulful female backing, open synth lines and a saucy wink that will set the hairs rising on the back of your neck.

There is surely no better 2017 rush than opener 'Midnight Flyer', not sprinting but barrelling along, Iron Maiden and Thin Lizzy solos flying, chorus soaring, it's a real monster. 'Star Of Rio' hammers along too, with hints of Honky-Tonk piano, a little Yacht Rock and lots of gin... Gin Lady that is, another stunning seventies-inflected troupe.

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There is nothing weak here; 'Gemini' explodes into Melodic Rock beauty and 'Jennie' almost admits to being in thrall to Toto before picking Foreigner, while 'Space Whisperer' even has a 'Baywatch' theme solo. 'Something Mysterious' is not scared to feature a Survivor pump.
Just when you think they can do anything they want, they underline it by giving us 'Domino', a Moroder and Cerrone Disco diva, late seventies in tone yet West Coast an eventual destination. Then we are sent home with 'Saturn In Velvet', a track which invites, nay insists, that we shake ours or someone else's booty.

Strid's raucous, Rocky voice always drags us back and the playing is loose enough for anything to happen. This is a joy from first to last, an album that lodges in the pleasure centres and will simply not leave, just giving you reasons why it should stay. A rare treasure indeed, one which should be embraced and revered. What a find, what a treat, what a contender for Album Of The Year.

Steve Swift

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