2011 starts with a big bang, Swedish Miss Behaviour strikes back with their second album Last Woman Standing. They released their debut album Heart Of Midwinter in 2006 and I thought it was a really good album. They mixed heavier melodic hardrock with layers of melodies that was flirting with AOR. Now five years later they are back with a new line up and an outstanding album. Left from the debut album are guitarist Erik Heikne and keyboard player Henrik Sproge and the two newcomers are from the Swedish band Shineth that has released two albums.
It’s singer/bass player Sebastian Roos and drummer Anders Berlin, these two guys have given Miss Behaviour new life and this new album is more AOR than the debut mixed with melodic rock. Singer Sebastian is a truly a great singer and sounds awesome on this album. The production sounds huge and crystal clear and I can only say stunning.
The album opens up with a brilliant bombastic keyboard/guitar intro before the song 1988 screams out from the speaker and what an opener. This is an awesome AOR-rocker with a fantastic chorus that leads the way for this album. Thumbs up.
Next up is another winner called Cynthia. This is pure magic with fantastic harmonies, huge hooklines and the chorus is stunning, an AOR anthem. Talisman´s debut album comes in mind. Give Her A Sign is an outstanding melodic rocker with fantastic riffs and catchy hooklines. What a start of this album. Perfect War reminds more of the debut album and its the weakest track of the album, not bad, but compare it with the rest and it feels average. If you like Swedish Eclipse, then you will love Average Hero that reminds of them and its a strong melodic rock/AOR song with wonderful melodies and a great chorus.
Till We Meet Again is the only ballad on the album and what a song then. This is a ballad that brings back memories of Treat back in the 80s. Emergency is a mid-tempo AOR-song with a catchy chorus filled with strong harmony vocals. Living The Dream is AOR by numbers with layers of melodies, fluffy keyboards and the chorus is pure AOR-heaven. Miss Behaviour has managed to create one helluva album with a first class mix of keyboards and guitars and the arrangements are stunning. If you are into bands such as H.e.a.t, Eclipse, Treat, Talisman and W.E.T, then check out this Swedish sensation. I knew that they were good, but this good?! An album that will be on many Top-lists 2011 for sure. Masterplans Roland Grapow is guesting on the album. So don’t miss this album, it’s filled with classy music.
Melodic Net Comments
I have listened to the tunes on youtube, what a great album!! Pleeeease come to Italy!! ;-) Kisses /Daniella