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Grand Illusion – Ordinary Just Won’t Do [2004]

Country Sweden          Style Hard Rock

Rating 85/100

Band Members
Anders Rydholm – Bass, Guitars, Keyboards, Christian Sundell – Drums, Ola af Trampe – Guitars, Per Svensson – Vocals, Keyboards, Peter Sundell – Vocals, Guitars

01. Devil’s Advocate (4:21), 02. The Best Is Yet To Come (3:39), 03. Gone For Good (4:38), 04. Heaven Or Hell (5:25), 05. New Beginning (4:45), 06. 1982 (3:56), 07. Pull You Down (4:21), 08. Love Lies Buried (4:01), 09. Back To Yesterday (4:09), 10. And This Is Why (5:31), 11. When You Were Mine (4:02), 12. On Time (4:20)


“Ordinary just won’t do” is the 4th studio album by Swedish AOR/melodic rock band “Grand Illusion” originally released in 2004. “Grand Illusion” play technical AOR with emphasis on melodic twists and turns on each song effectively making the experience more intriguing and perhaps a bit challenging. A very accomplished group of performers and-most importantly-songwriters, “Grand Illusion” are masters at inducing clever instrumentations to their music without undermining the song-writing or appeal of each song; all the above topped by incredible vocal lines moving from mid-range to high pitched notes, all perfectly accurate in key.

So, in essence, one could claim that “Grand Illusion” play AOR/melodic rock with a slight progressive twist which only makes the end result more enjoyable and memorable. The line up features vocalist extraordinaire Peter Sundell, bassist Anders Rydholm, guitarist Ola af Trampe, drummer Christian Sundell and harmony vocalist Per Svensson. The team comes up with some outstanding melodic material on “Ordinary…” like the bombastic AOR ballad “Heaven or Hell”, the groovy-melodic “Devil’s Advocate” the anthemic “Pull you down”, and the potential mega-hit “When you were mine” are definitely material that stand the test of time, perhaps sounding more relevant in 2011 that in the early `00s. For experienced AOR fans who enjoy their melodic rock with a progressive twist, “Grand Illusion-Ordinary just won’t do” is an ideal purchase.

Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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