Sonic Boulevard

Sonic Boulevard

by Tomas Bodin


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Sonic Boulevard

Following only a few months behind Pin Up Guru, Tomas Bodin's third solo album focuses even more on his elegant instrumental songwriting instead of his keyboard chops. Many tracks sound like they could have been part of a Flower Kings' album. Then again, that's what you'd expect with FK members Jonas Reingold, Zoltan Csorsz, Hans Bruniusson, Ulf Artan Wallander, and their star guitarist, Roine Stolt, all sitting in with Bodin. The piece "Back to the African Garden" even makes extensive use of a theme the keyboardist has written for the group's epic song "Garden of Dreams," from 1999's Flower Power. That being said, Sonic Boulevard does deploy its own atmospheres. The presence of two singers, Anders Hansson and NNogo Bjurhall, both singing wordless lines, helps a lot in defining the album's identity. It is strongly cinematic, especially early on ("The Prayer," with Bjurhall's spine-tingling call, "The Hero from Cloud City,"), thanks to an attempt at fusing African elements in a way that recalls Peter Gabriel's soundtracks without actually reaching that level. Bodin keeps things very neat and tidy. Sometimes the melodies get too sugary sweet, as in "The Happy Frog" (the first half is as trite as a Kenny G tune), "Picture," and "The Night Will Fall," but elsewhere, he develops strong themes accompanied by convincing contributions from the aforementioned musicians, plus guitarist JJ Marsh. "The Hero from Cloud City," "Back to the African Garden," and "The Horses from Zaad" contain fine prog rock moments, but overall this album rocks significantly less than Bodin's previous efforts. On the other hand, it is also less pompous.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2003
Label: Inside Out U.S.
UPC: 0693723659725
catalogNumber: 236597

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tomas Bodin   Primary Artist,Bass (Vocal),Keyboards
Hasse Bruniusson   Percussion
Anders Hansson   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Ulf Wallander   Soprano Saxophone
Jonas Knutsson   Soprano Saxophone
Roine Stolt   Electric Guitar
Jonas Reingold   Electric Bass
J.J. Marsh   Guitar,Electric Guitar,scat,Soloist
Zoltan Csorsz   Drums
NNogo Bjurhall   scat

Technical Credits

Anders Hansson   Choir Arrangement
Tomas Bodin   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Thomas Ewerhard   Artwork
Jonas Reingold   Drum Engineering

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