Elevener – When Kaleidoscopes Collide

October 18th, 2008
by Celtic Bob

Elevener

When Kaleidoscopes Collide


2008, AOR Heaven/Border Music

Rating: 2/5

Elevener was founded by two friends Bergquist and Brodén during 2005. The duo has previously played in various acts. Bergquist played keyboard on the Hammerfall album CRIMSON THUNDER and on the debut with Stefan Elmgren’s Full Strike. During 2002 he joined the Swedish act M.ill.ion as song writer and keyboardist. Brodén travelled at the same time back on forth to USA and came back as a soul/funk guitarist.

The guys met up at the beginning of 2000 and realized that they wanted to do something together. The started to write material in 2005 for a project they called Elevener and now are the debut album finally here. The duo plays AOR and their music is nice, laid back, and very harmless. It is so harmless it gets boring. Nothing happens. The music is sugar coated and this is clearly not an album that appeals to me. Singer Bergquist is a great singer with a voice that really fits this kind of music and the keyboard parts are soft and nice. The second member of the duo Brodén lies pretty low down in the mix with his guitar play and needless to say it is keyboards that are in focus on WHEN KALEIDOSCOPES COLLIDE.

Think Journey during the 70’s, Toto, Foreigner and Survivor you have Elevener’s primary influences. WHEN KALEIDOSCOPES COLLIDE is a harmless album that didn’t fit into my Cd-player but it might appeal to fans of this kind of music. I do take my hat off for the nice production that feels perfect. The producer has taken the 70’s and 80’s melodic rock/AOR soundpicture and updated it to the 21st century. This is too mellow for me.

Killer tracks are “This Heart Of Mine”, “Say If You Want”, “Shooting Star” and “Could It Be You”.

Johan Bergquist – lead vocals, bass, keyboards

Andreas Brodén – guitar, drums

More info about the band

www.myspace.com/elevenelevenagain

Label

www.aorheaven.com

www.border.se

Tracklist

This Heart Of Mine

Say If You Want

Shooting Star

I Still Remember

A Thousand Girls

All I Did

Her Eyes

All Of My Life

Walking Without You

Could It Be You

There She Goes

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