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Elevener – When Kaleidoscopes Collide [2008]


“When kaleidoscopes collide” is the debut album by AOR/melodic rock outfit “Elevener”, originally released in 2008. On this first studio effort, “Elever” came out more as a project than a band; specifically “Elevener” is an AOR duo featuring guitarist Andreas Broden and keyboardist Johan Bergquist. Johan is mostly known as a member of melodic hard rock band “Million”, undertaking a more adult-oriented approach in music with “Elevener”.

On this debut album, the two musicians undertake multiple musical roles; Andreas handles all guitars and drums while Johan plays keyboards, bass and lead vocals. Surprisingly enough, the keyboardist proves himself an admirable vocalist, with a singing style and sound tailored to the demands of AOR/melodic rock music. It has to be addressed that guitars and keyboards equally share the spotlight on “…Collide” though it never comes down to virtuoso battles, as the team’s focus is clearly songwriting.

“Elevener” is full of harmonious, up-lifting choruses and melodic guitar/keyboard dressings. Songs like the opener “This heart of mine” and “Shooting Star” should be more than enough to convince any fan of the genre that Elevener are all about substance. The album also benefits from a rather thick production that does not undermine the AOR quality of “Elevener” while effectively bringing to front the guitar attack and the harmonious keyboards which makes the end result all the more exciting.

Overall “Elevener” is a great AOR debut by a project that would develop into a full band on their follow up. For that matter, “When Kaleidoscopes Collide” is equally as good a release as their latest offering “Symmetry in motion”; Indeed a guarantee for AOR/melodic rock enthusiasts.

Band Members
Andreas Brod̩n РGuitars,Drums
Johan Bergquist – Vocals,Keyboards,Bass

01. This Heart Of Mine
02. Say If You Want
03. Shooting Star
04. I Still Remember
05. A Thousand Girls
06. All I Did
07. Her Eyes
08. All Of My Life
09. Waking Up Without You
10. Could It Be You
11. There She Goes

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