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Reece/Kronlund: Solid

After a good few years out of the music business it is great to see one time Accept singer David Reece back in very regular action. Teaming up with Dogface guitarist Martin Kronlund in the band Gypsy Rose, the pair released Another World in 2008, before Reece put out a solo album one year later. Next up came the comeback album Cadence from Bangalore Choir kept the ball rolling at full pelt last year. Kronlund was also involved with Cadence as well as the recent Bangalore Choir reissue On Target and therefore it is no surprise to see the pair back together so soon for the first Reece/Kronlund album, simply titled Solid.

Now that album title may give the impression of a dependable and steady release, however that description would be selling this album short and by quite some distance. Cadence, which was a mighty fine album, was seen by some (not me!) as a little too modern to carry the Bangalore Choir name and for those people Solid should fit the bill perfectly. Built round big brash guitars, huge melodies, gargantuan hooks and the mighty Reece-Roar, this album nods a little more firmly in the eighties arena rock direction, although this is no nostalgia trip as in terms of sound and execution the album is bang up to date.

Racing out of the blocks with the punchy "My Angel Wears White", Solid wastes no time with introductions, instead we get a huge chorus that greets you like an old friend before being backed up by some gritty and in your face guitars. The heavy bluesy stomp of "Samurai" allows Kronlund to really crank things up and with the backing of Bangalore Choir stick-smith Hans In't Zandt, kicks out a thick groove that hits home with a hefty thwack! Reece himself is in stunning form, with his throaty, yet crystal clear vocal power being as captivating as ever and whether it is the more restrained "Could This Be Madness", or the meatier delivery of "Paint The Mirror Black", there's no question that he is one of the best at this game. There isn't a duff track anywhere in sight on Solid, with the darting riff of "Animals And Cannibals" adding an almost power metal chorus to a bouncing rocker of a song, while the confident swagger of the oddly titled "Magic Pudding" brings another different angle to the Reece/Kronlund sound, with a vibe similar to the Allanah Myles hit "Black Velvet", even if this song is considerably heavier.

More impressive than the title Solid would suggest, the only question I have after listening to this album is which of the many excellent bands and projects that Reece currently has on the go, will we hear from next. Whichever it is I hope David manages to keep up his prestigious album a year work rate, as with output as spellbinding as this, there's no danger of getting too much of a good thing!

Track Listing
1. My Angel Wears White
2. Samurai
3. Could This Be Madness
4. Animals And Cannibals
5. Remember You
6. Paint The Mirror Black
7. I Would
8. Edge Of Heaven
9. Magic Pudding
10. The Dead Shall Walk The Earth

Added: July 2nd 2011
Reviewer: Steven Reid
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Reece/Kronlund: Solid
Posted by Dean Pedley, SoT Staff Writer on 2011-07-02 10:23:58
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The Reece and Kronlund in question here are onetime Accept frontman David Reece (more latterly of Gypsy Rose and Bangalore Choir) and guitarist Martin Kronlund (Dogface, Gypsy Rose) with Solid marking the debut release from this pairing. Firmly at the heavier end of the Melodic Rock genre Solid is one of those CD's that delivers exactly what you would expect before you even hit the Play button. Reece had his detractors during his ill-advised tenure with Accept but material like this is perfectly suited to his emotional and soaring vocals. Despite some unlikely sounding titles in "Magic Pudding" and "Animals and Cannibals" the lyrics are well written and Kronlund offers some powerful riffs and melodies. Power ballad "I Remember You" escapes all of the usual clichés and is a stand out highlight together with the driving blues rock of "Samurai". Reece has been involved with a number of projects over the past few years but they have all maintained the same level of quality control and consistency with no hint of rush releasing albums packed with filler. Solid continues the momentum and hopefully this won't prove to be a one off collaboration.

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