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ACACIA AVENUE

ACACIA AVENUE

Released January 2010

 


Despite a name that conjures up Maidenesque visions of a harlot named Charlotte, Acacia Avenue offer wares of an entirely different kind: slickly produced, harmony-laden and full of instantly catchy hooks, their self titled debut harkens back to the days of soft rock with big guitars and bigger hair.

 

2010 is shaping up to be a bumper year for hard rock and metal, and I’m already rueing the day I will have to narrow the year’s releases down to a “Top 50”! It’s only March, so far too early to say, but every time I hear this album I like it even more and it’s certainly the soft rock album of the year so far.

 

There is an underlying familiarity to “Acacia Avenue” – hints of Dokken here, a faint whiff of Foreigner there, a side order of some softer Van Halen melodies and White Lion lead lines, and even a channelling of Satriani on one track – but it doesn’t detract from the sheer enjoyment and exuberance of this album.

 

A side project for Danish guitarist Torben Enevoldsen, “Acacia Avenue” features songs co-written and sung by several Danish rockers, Tony Mills of Shy & TNT fame (who has rarely sung better than here), as well as Enevoldsen himself.

 

If you love the softer side of 80’s glam, sleaze & hard rock, then you could do far worse than pick this album up right now – and if no-one’s looking, tease your hair up (if you have any left), shoehorn yourself into some tight jeans or spandex again, and jump around in sheer joy to all the memories that this classy catchy album will dredge up!

 

Shane