Real Control

Real Control

by Moneybrother


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Real Control

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/2010
Label: Bladen County
UPC: 0730876922228
catalogNumber: 17

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Moneybrother   Primary Artist,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
Goran Kajfeš   Musician

Technical Credits

Tommy Andersson   overdub engineer
Henrik Walse   Artwork
Janne Hansson   Engineer
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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