BLACK PAISLEY is another one of the seemingly hundreds of Swedish melodic rock bands out there. These guys are giving us hard rock ranging from ballads full of feeling, to rather edgy & tough hard rockers. All delivered with class. According to their bio, the guys themselves are stating they are “a modern mix of classic rock, melodic AOR and new country rock”. Well, personally I wouldn’t say it is much of country-rock or even AOR, but rather small hints of those styles here and there. To me this cool band is like a perfect mix or melodic hard rock and melodic rock, spiced up with other influences. And the melodic hard rock is predominant.
Check out “Trying” with its lovely triolic beat. I mentioned the ballads, and the finishing song is a perfect example of how much sensitivity and feeling there is in Black Paisley’s ballads. Really, really good. All in all this is close to a four in grading, since it is an album with good arrangements, fine harmony vocals and a solid production. Vocalist STEFAN BLOMQVIST actually sounds a bit like ROBERT PETTERSSON (TAKIDA, STIFTELSEN) if you want a comparison.
This CD was out in 2018 but I thought it needed to be mentioned, and it is listenable at for example Spotify. It is well worth getting on CD thanks to the rich sound. Not only producers Hedin and Wirensjö are to be thanked concerning the sound – also the mixing guys NIKLAS FLYCKT and PER ANDERSSON were important parts in the process.