Bodinrocker - Eye To Eye
(S/R - 2018)
With an opening rhythm that reminisces heavily of Status Quo's 'Down Down' it's hardly difficult to fall into the trap of what Swedish Guitarist/Singer, Bodinrocker is about to bring forth to the table.
On letting the rest of his lead-off track 'Vacation' play on, the similarities are still in situ alongside a more summery, slightly indie flavoured road.A searing blues vibe arrives and seems here to stay as songs like 'Brown Bear', 'Got No Time', 'Roller Coaster Ride', 'New Sweden', 'That Old Twelve-Bar' all breeze by with hardly a moment your foot won't tap to. 'Can't Live Without It' appears to be built against a very 'Spirit In The Sky' structure but still sizzles out on that ol' front doorstep.
Anders Bodin, as he is known in real life, fires out some strikingly authentic soloing at us, paired along with a voice that would have been just at home in an album of this ilk about 50 years earlier. Huge hooks and no histrionics have us defied to believe that this chap is actually from Sweden, as opposed to some southerly US territory.
Evidence once again what our friends on the continent are capable of.
By Dave Attrill
RECOMMENDED IF YOU LIKE: Eric Clapton, Free, Cream & The Beatles