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Ylinen, Tapio: Left Unsaid (The Longstanding Problems Of Happiness)

Tapio Ylinen is a Finnish guitarist with three albums and one EP to his credit. His latest album titled Left Unsaid was released in 2017 but this is the first I have heard it. The guitarist/vocalist is joined by Tatu Rönkkö (drums) and Miikkael Anttila (bass). Now, because we here at Sea of Tranquility have such broad musical tastes it’s not always progressive rock and metal we review, as any reader of the site can attest to. Left Unsaid is another such album being firmly in the modern rock vein with touches of pop, blues and classic rock as well.

With the first track “Bright Young Star” the sound is pure pop rock with hook laden guitar and vocals. Lots of excellent guitar work having a somewhat sophisticated sound. His clean and slightly distorted tones adds variety into the mix. Ylinen has a good voice and never tries to over sing which suits the music. “Brother Come Back” is more of a rocker but with softer moments as well. This has a more classic rock sound. The soft ballad “Life Of A Bird” with its poignant lyrics and the catchy “The Great Gamble” with its Knopfler-like guitar acrobatics are a couple more highlights.

At only thirty-two minutes in length, the album seems a little short but on the other hand it doesn’t overstay its welcome. I’m certainly intrigued enough to hear more from Ylinen in the future. Released on the artist’s own Eclipse label.

Track Listing:
1. Bright Young Star
2. Brother Come Back
3. Life Of A Bird
4. The Great Gamble
5. Noble Heart
6. Snake In The Grass

Added: December 26th 2019
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Label's Official Site
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Language: english

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Ylinen, Tapio: Left Unsaid (The Longstanding Problems Of Happiness)
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2019-12-26 23:34:02
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As my esteemed colleague mentions above, there must be something of a second wind behind this album by Finnish guitarist Tapio Ylinen, what with us both having recently been sent this 2017 release for appraisal.

So if, like us, you missed Left Unsaid first time around, what you can expect is a laid back modern rock pop sound infused with some Americana ideals. Tapio himself has an engaging voice and the guitar playing, while hardly stretching or demanding, is more than enough to keep you tuned in.

In the end it makes for a gentle ride where thoughtful lyrics are maybe a little too literal to make a real mark. However, that’s not to say that the poignant and engaging “Bright Young Star” isn’t an insightful view into the world of celebrity, whereas “Life Of A Bird” decides to take an ever so slow path to find its destination. Concerns do raise their head when you realise that this thirty or so minute album (maybe it’s really an EP?) struggles to make a clear differential from song to song. Although it is worth pointing out that by its very style and approach Left Unsaid is, you’d suggest, meant more as mood music to gently lose yourself in than something to get a party started - even if the more rock strut of “The Great Gamble” injects some irresistible impetus. And here especially the guitar work bites in deep.

I can’t quite shake off the feeling that there’s more to unlock in the work of Tapio Ylinen, even if for now I have to admit that I’m left grappling to find exactly what those hidden treasures might be.

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