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Crash – Crash [1993]

Swedish vocalist Mikael Erlandsson achieved fame and fortune with Last Autumn’s Dream, and more recently as well with Lover Under Cover, Heartbreak Radio, Salute and several projects. He also enjoyed considerable popularity in Scandinavia as solo artist during the ’90s, but his career started in the late Seventies.

First, Erlandsson was part of a punk (!) band playing drums, later he switched to keyboards for the group The Studs while perfected his songwriting skills. In the mid-80s joined pop band N’Gang for the first time as frontman / vocalist, with a hit single in Swedish radio and an Eurovision Song Contest participation. Then in 1991 formed CRASH with brothers Eliasson (drummer Lars and guitarist Jan, who later was part of Danish rockers Push).

Crash released their debut “Crash” in 1993 with the aim to capitalize the American Melodic Rock success at that time, so expect here a collection of tunes in that vein. “Do The Dance Dirty” opens with an urgent riff and a catchy chorus, followed by ‘Close At Hand’, a pure melodic rock track with a delicious multi-part harmony vocal work. The ethereal ballad ‘Eyes Don’t Lie’ is perhaps the more ‘Scandi sounding’ song on the record, and it’s a really good one.

Then on tracks like ‘Angina’ you can hear Crush replicating the USA sound of the genre being this one akin White Lion (check the guitar swirls), same with ‘Through The Shadows’ (very Extreme), or the acoustically filled ‘October 18’ much in the vein of Mr. Big’s More Than Words. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as many groups were doing the same, and Crush are pretty good at it.

Only released in Sweden, this is perhaps the lesser known work of Mikael Erlandsson’s career. He never recorded a bad album – solo or with a band – and “Crash” is a quite solid melodic hard rock album as well. Well produced, composed and executed, “Crash” is a worthwhile addition to your Melodic Hard Rock collection.

Band Members
Mikael ‘Micke’ Erlandsson – Vocals, keyboards, percussion
John Melander – Bass, percussion, backing vocals
Jan Eliasson – Guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
Lars Eliasson – Drums, backing vocals

Additional Musicians
Micke Oijwall – Keyboards, backing vocals
Ulrik Arturen – Backing vocals

Tracks
01. Do The Dance Dirty
02. Close at Hand
03. Eyes Don’t Lie
04. Save The World
05. Angina
06. Through The Shadows
07. Stranger’s Kiss
08. Six String and a Highway
09. October 18
10. Livin’ On Lovin’
11. Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin cover)

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