Real Control

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Anders Wendin aka Moneybrother may not be a familiar name in North America, but he's a Pop Star of the first magnitude in Scandinavia and Europe, and he sure sounds like one on his fifth album, Real Control, where he shows off the confidence and swagger of a guy who knows his way around an arena-size stage or a recording studio. Real Control also finds Moneybrother changing up his style just a bit; while Joe Strummer and Bruce Springsteen were clear and audible influences on his earlier work, on this one, classic glam rock is an obvious part of the formula. The dance-friendly strut of "Born Under a Bad Sign" recalls Queen in the era when John Deacon's basslines carried the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Anders Wendin aka Moneybrother may not be a familiar name in North America, but he's a Pop Star of the first magnitude in Scandinavia and Europe, and he sure sounds like one on his fifth album, Real Control, where he shows off the confidence and swagger of a guy who knows his way around an arena-size stage or a recording studio. Real Control also finds Moneybrother changing up his style just a bit; while Joe Strummer and Bruce Springsteen were clear and audible influences on his earlier work, on this one, classic glam rock is an obvious part of the formula. The dance-friendly strut of "Born Under a Bad Sign" recalls Queen in the era when John Deacon's basslines carried the day, and the heart-on-my-sleeve ballad "6 AM" both lyrically and melodically channels David Bowie at his most melodramatic. Moneybrother clearly isn't afraid of the grand gesture, and on Real Control he shows he has the talent and the charisma to pull it off; if his voice is a bit rough around the edges, he has the right instincts to make the most of what he's got he can also find a window of clarity when he needs it, and his songs are clever and imaginative while still boasting the melodies and rock action to make them play on a big canvas. And Wendin adds just the right touch of understated humor to this music; "Guess Who's Gonna Get Some Tonight" may sound like vintage heartland rock, but the tongue-in-cheek lyrics play with the formula, and it's hard to argue with the cheeky philosophical statement in the reggae-laced "We Die Only Once And for Such a Long Time." And rest assured, neither your disc or your CD player are defective, "Showdown" really ends that way. Moneybrother sounds like a Grade A Rock Star, but one who is still having fun with his music and his formula, and Real Control shows Americans would do well to catch on to what our Swedish friends already know.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2010
  • Label: Bladen County
  • UPC: 730876922228
  • Catalog Number: 17
  • Sales rank: 264,658

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Moneybrother Primary Artist, Musician
Goran Kajfes Musician
Vigilante Carlstroem Musician
Jouni Haapala Musician
Tomas Hallonsten Musician
Jari Haapalainen Musician
Björn Yttling Musician
Andreas Forsman Musician
Stefan Persson Musician
Johan Brändström Musician
Santiago Jimenez Musician
Anders Wendin Guitar, Vocals
Victor Brobacke Trombone, Musician
Existensminimum Musician
Henrik Nilsson Bass
Cecilia Linné Musician
Marcus Olsson Musician
Gustav Bendt Musician
Per "Rusktrask" Johansson Musician
Magnus Jonsson Musician
Magnus Wiklund Musician
Patrik Kolar Musician
Patrick Andersson Musician
Madeleine Johansson Musician
Larry Skoglund Musician
Kisa Nilsson Musician
Gabriele Freese Musician
Technical Credits
Tommy Andersson overdub engineer
Henrik Walse Artwork
Janne Hansson Engineer
Henrik Jonsson Mastering
Henrik Svensson Engineer
Johan Berthling String Arrangements
Jari Haapalainen Producer, Engineer
Björn Yttling Producer
Moneybrother Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Peter Bjorn and John Producer
Yttling Composer
Christoffer Roth Producer, Engineer
Max-Måns Wikman Engineer
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