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Carmen Grey: Gates of Loneliness | FESTIVALPHOTO

Carmen Grey: Gates of Loneliness



Gray Music Entertainment/Warner

Finnish band CARMEN GREY has had minor hits and massive hits in their native Finland since their formation in 2006. The band boosts routine, with three members having played together for two decades. The info also talks about a wild, fresh and exciting band with influences ranging from THE BEATLES to DAVID BOWIE, and GUNS´N´ROSES to SKID ROW. I wonder how this will turn out…

The title track is oozing DAVID BOWIE like an over-cooked stew. The seventies tinged sound and the attempt at a slow moving sing-along refrain kills off my interest. But the pace rarely quickens. The two hit songs “”Heroes and Losers” and “Two Wannabes” are surprisingly meek. The archetypal chord progressions and the refrain of “Two wannabes wasting time…” trigger my imagination to mean. There are whiffs of TOM PETTY, melancholia, chewing gum refrains and an ok ballad with a bit of flow in the refrain. But as a whole this one is on the top of my Best of 2012 list…if I turn it upside down.

Track List
Gates of Loneliness
It´s Only Love
Love Story Town
Waiting for the Sun
Demolition Lady
Two Wannabes
Heroes and Losers
Real Punks (Plastic Smile)
Not Surprised

Writer: Mikael Johansson
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