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CD Stala and So Play another Round review

STALA AND SO

PLAY ANOTHER ROUND

2013

 

MELODIC ROCK FROM FINLAND

 

The Band ‘So’ had been around in Finland since 1997 producing music that recalled the glory days of Seventies British Glam Rock bands like Sweet, Slade and T-Rex. Rebranding as ‘Stala and So’ in 2010 and entering Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 before releasing their debut, this is the band’s second release, but the first I’ve heard.

 


Opening with “Rock Until I’m Done” you’re immediately hit with comparisons to bands like Reckless Love, Wig Wam and The Poodles, but with gentler, warmer and cleaner AOR leanings. “Tokyo Delights’ underlines those initial thoughts and both are catchy songs that will have you nodding along, if not exactly rocking your world.

 


In a remarkably consistent album the guys do a great job overall. They do the rockers well, like the driving “Never Again” and they do the ballads equally capably like on “Back Together” but somehow even though this is an album I can happily play over and again, there’s nothing that really sticks it’s head out over the top and says ‘I am indispensable’.

 


Highlights for us at least include the poppy “Alrite Tonite” which is probably as close as we venture to a real feel-good ‘Reckless Love’ type song, with an almost Cars-like guitar. It’s great fun as is the summery feel of the upbeat and uplifting ‘Life Goes On’. But overall ‘Rockstar’ with it’s made to chant chorus is the one that finally tips this album from good to bordering on great. We love it, just as we love the acoustic treatment of Ozzy’s ‘Shot in the Dark’ that is included as a bonus track on some releases.

 


All in all this is a great album, very light in tone, with some great melodies. Definitely a band to keep an eye out for.   

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

STALA AND SO PLAY ANOTHER ROUND CD ALBUM REVIEW 2013