Care Of Night – ‘Reconnected’ Album Review

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Melodic Rock

Frontiers Music Srl

Release Date – November 17th 2023

REVIEW BY SMUDGE

It’s a welcome return from Care Of Night five years after their debut album, the superb ‘Love Equals War’ which was an AOR fan’s wet dream. The band have gone through a line-up change as well as securing a new label. Mainstays Calle Schonberg (vocals), Viktor Ostrom Berg (guitar) and Victor Berg (keyboards) are joined by a new rhythm section Niklas Svensson Nattfare (bass) and Linus Svensson (drums).

The 80s come flooding back on ‘Street Runner’ lush synths are layered over a choppy guitar and catchy melody before those synths and guitars lead into ‘Tonight’ where singer Calle Schonberg gives us his full-on Perry/Overland pipes. This guy can sing make no mistake and this song proves just how good this band is with Journey and early FM springing to mind.

Ostrom Berg gives us a soaring intro on ‘Caught Feelings’ that settles into another fine melodic rocker before bright keys and a bluesier guitar line bring ‘No One Saves The World Alone’. It’s a ballad of sorts that opines the state of the world. ‘Melanie’ is a pop rockin’ boy meets girl tale that rattles along then ‘Half Of My Heart’ brings the power ballad you’ve been waiting for.

‘Follow Through’ drives along with some superb lines from Ostrom Berg before the second power ballad ‘Wrong’. ‘End Of A Chapter’ is another fine pop rocker that bounces along with another excellent vocal from Schonberg. Stabbing keys and power chords introduce ‘Stay With Me’ before it settles into some classy AOR then the final cut ‘You’ve Been Right Here All Along’ is the lighter waver/our song and fine way to close.

Another fine release from Care Of Night. Full of big expensive riffs, 24-carat keys, solid rhythms and world-class vocals. The songs are beautiful although some do need time to grow on you, but you’ll get there all courtesy of a huge crystal-clear production.

Track List –

1 – Street Runner

2 – Tonight

3 – Caught Feelings

4 – No One Saves The World Alone

5 – Melanie

6 – Half Of My Heart

7 – Follow Through

8 – Wrong

9 – End Of A Chapter

10 – Stay With Me

11 – You’ve Been Right Here All Along

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