Pete Sandberg’s Jade – Origin [2001]

PhotobucketCOUNTRY: Sweden          STYLE: AOR

RATING: 82/100


Pete Sandberg – Vocals, J. Birch – Guitars, Joakim ‘Jocke’ Sandin – Bass, Johan Helgesson – Drums
Additional Musicians
Jonas Reingold – Bass, Backing vocals, Jaime Salazar – Drums


1. Northern Light, 2. Time, 3. No Way Out, 4. Love in Vain, 5. Power of Gold, 6. Where There Is a Will, 7. Time and Again, 8. Nights in Mexico, 9. Can’t Stop Lovin’ You, 10. Alone, 11. All in Disguise, 12. Moods (instrumental), 13. Me and My Piano (acoustic jam), 14. The Northern Light (Madison) [Bonus]


Second album of Sandberg’s project “Jade”.
This is a recording of old tunes written by Pete in the 80’s, so this tracklist has the feel and vibe typical of that era. His 1st is fantastic, but this is superb. The album contains really mature first-class classic Scandinavian AOR songs with plenty of great hooks, sweet higher pitched vocals and an equal mix of melodic guitars and keyboards. The songwriting is great with cheerful choruses.

Pete chose once again to record the album in the Roastinghouse Recording studio AB in Malmö, Sweden.And he also worked with Anders “Theo” Theander once again. Pete has written most of the material but Jonas Reingold(Midnight sun,Flower Kings and Reptilian) and Jorgen Birch has helped with the lyrics in some of the songs.As usual when Pete is involved, the music is melodic hardrock. On the debut-album there were some influences of 70-s hardrock and blues but that’s not the case here. On“ORIGIN” it’s only melodic hardrock and nothing else and it is really good.

“NORTHERN LIGHT”, “TIME”, “POWER OF GOLD” and “CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU” are some faster songs. “NO WAY OUT”, “WHERE’S THERE’S A WILL” are a bit slower and the ballads are “LOVE IN VAIN” and “NIGHTS IN MEXICO”(two brilliant ballads by the way).The lyrics deal with a lot of unhappy love,it seems like that’s one of Petes favorite subjects. Just like the solo debut this is an outstanding album. Everyone in the band impresses a lot, especially Birch on guitar who is very good.


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