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Jim Jidhed - Full circle

Reviewer :
Kaj Roth Format: Album
Year: 2003
Label: Atenzia Records
Genre: AOR
Producer: Tommy Denander
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I?m pretty sure that this album will be either No:1 or the 2nd best this year because I felt right away that this Journey smelling AOR that Jim delivers is a "once in a lifetime" shot! "Full circle" is his first AOR album since the one titled "Jim" in 90,and this new one is the closest sounding album to Journey?s Raised on Radio I have ever heard......and Journey is the greatest band on earth,so you know what I?m talking about. Hugo,Terry Brock,Kevin Chalfant, Stephan Kaemmerer(Frontline) and Timothy Lewis(Departure) does a good job as Perry clones but sorry lads,noone could?ve done this vocal performance better than Jim on this record. He has his own sounding voice too but when Jim lays the Perry vocal on the tracks......I just go speechless. Jidhed has the absolutely best voice in sweden and his partner in crime Tommy Denander has done a tremendous good work at the production,guitarplaying as well as the songwriting. The opening track "I will never leave you" is like a mix of The girl cant help it and Suzan from Raised on radio without copying any melodies,that song marks the class of what?s to come for the rest of this fantastic AOR killer. The title track "Full circle" is one of the faves with a great uptempo groove and cool lyrics about Jim going back to this rocknroll life once again. Third out is a song by Billy Trudel which he did in a slower ballad kinda version but Jim and Tommy speeded up the tempo a bit and Jim sings it superb. Maybe the most Journey sounding track is the 4th song called "Someday" with a shuffle beat, that brings your thoughts to Lovin? touchin? squeezin? or something that could?ve been taken from Perry?s "For the love of strange medicine",the break in the song by Denander is pure magic spiced with Toto vibes. First ballad "I cant go on" take you to heaven with Jim?s wonderful singing that only Perry himself could match. I could go on and on about all the good things on this album but I?ll let you find out the paradise on earth,....namely Jim Jidhed. You?ll be sorry if you?re not.


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