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Skywind - 20

3.67
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Johan Wippsson Format: Album
Release date: 2017-10-20 Year: 2017
Label: Pacific Underground Recordings
Genre: Modern Rock
Producer: Wally Joseph
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In 2011, Wally´s newborn daughter Charlotte was hospitalized and had to face a life threatening major surgery for a duplication cyst. A benefit concert was planned where all original Skywind members would re-unite to perform, little did they know that it would turn into a new album a few years later. "Sleeping Giants" from 2014.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band, Skywind has put together an album of 2 new tracks, 2 covers and the rest are re-recordings of songs from the "Sleepwalk" EP (2000) and "Rain Songs Live" (1999).
The band weren´t happy with the production on those older recordings and wanted to give some of the songs a fair treatment in the studio, what strikes me is that the major part of the older stuff are not as progressive as the 2002 album "O2" but instead a more post-grunge oriented sound.
I´m not a friend to all of the older songs but I do like "Hangover" that is the closest we get to their "O2" album and the rocker "Rain Song".


Gerard McMahon´s "Cry little sister" from the Lost Boys Soundtrack (1987) has been covered by many artists including Aiden, Carfax Abbey, L.A Guns, Seasons After and many more. But Skywind´s heavy version is definitely in the top league along with Carfax Abbey´s gothic cover.
The other cover is "Wide open space", originally released by the English rock band Mansun in 1997. A song that grows for each time I hear it, I think the song feels timeless and that Skywind has made it their own just like Nazareth did with Joni Mitchell´s "This flight tonight".
The new tracks "Black sheep" and "You come undone" are good, especially the laid back "You come undone" has found it´s place in my heart. There´s a certain melancholy in the song that appeals to me.
Recommendable if you like Crash Anthem, Our Lady Peace, Socialburn


Tracklisting

1.Black sheep

2.Empty room

3.Fever

4.Wide open space

5.Hangover

6.Under cloud 9

7.It´s raining, it´s pouring

8.Rain song

9.Cry little sister

10.Slow

11.You come undone



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