Lighthouse Sweden review…May 15, 2017…

LIGHTHOUSE SWEDEN

SILENCE IN THE CITY

MOODY MARACCAS   MOM 007

LOVE CAN SERIOUSLY DAMAGE YOUR HEART–NEON SIGNS–EVERYBODY’S BEEN A FOOL–EASIER TO LIE–HOLE IN MY SOUL–SILVER AND GOLD–SILENT CITY–WE USED TO BE LOVERS–CAN’T FIND MY WAY–WINDOW TO THE SKY–ANGEL

Mats and Linda Brandemark, along with Gunnar Hofverberg, collaborated on the material in their latest release, “Silence In The City.”  Mats and Linda met, married, and have made a ton of good music along their way that will surely have a broad appeal, especially given the various styles represented within these eleven cuts.  As you listen, some of these songs would be right at home down on Beale, while others would satisfy the Saturday night crowds down on Lower Broadway, some 200 miles eastward here at home.  As for the singers, Linda possesses one of those voices that can go from sultry to soaring with ease, while Mats is sort of the yang to her yin, with a more laid-back, laconic delivery akin to fellow European bluesman Hans Theesink.

They pretty much evenly split the lead vocals and duets, and begin the proceedings with the duet full of sage advice for lovers and would-be lovers, “love is a blessing/love is a curse,” and “Love Can Seriously Damage Your Heart.”  Just a bit later, some tasty harp from Johan von Feilitzen  backs both singers as they remind us that, at least once, “Everybody’s Been A Fool.”

Linda digs deep into Americana territory as she sings of trying to break free from a bad relationship, but finds it just “Easier To Lie” than face the truth, and steel guitar adds to the cut’s authenticity.  Mats takes his turn at lead vocal on another fine Americana tune, realizing that his relationship has reached the mythical Crossroads, as “I Can’t Find My Way to your heart any more.”

Another of those kick-ass roots-rockers served as our favorite.  Both singers let loose on an Eagles-flavored romp entitled “Silver And Gold,” and again has Johan on the harp.

With “Silence In The City,”  Linda and Mats of Lighthouse  Sweden know that life is a journey and not a sprint.  Their clever, heartfelt, and unique looks at love from both sides  make this set the perfect soundtrack for lovers everywhere!  Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

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