Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Album Review: Erik Grönwall - Erik Grönwall

Erik Grönwall is the debut self-titled album of Erik Grönwall, winner of the Swedish singing television competition Idol 2009. It entered the Swedish Albums Chart straight #1 staying there for 4 weeks.

Tracklisting:
01. Higher
02. Over You
03. Run To The Hills
04. The Show Must Go On
05. Hey Jude
06. Heaven
07. Shout It Out Loud
08. Leave A Light On For Me
09. My Life Would Suck Without You
10. Bodies
11. Is It True
12. 18 And Life

Here are some of my reviews track by track.

01. Higher
“Higher” is a pop song, the tune is slow and very poppish. This is also Erik’s winner song and released as his first debut single on 11 December 2009 and reached #1 on Swedish Singles Chart. The song is written by Pär Westerlund and Joakim Olovsson. (8/10)

02. Over You
“Over You” is a cover song from Daughtry of American Idol alumn. Erik bring this song with pop rock tunes. He bring great emotion on this song but too bad, I still can feel Daughtry influence is very strong, maybe because of this song is Daughtry trademark. This song is written by Daughtry and Howes. (8/10)

03. Run To The Hills
“Run To The Hills” is a song with pop power genre. Yes this is one of the best Erik’s song. I can feel the hard rock influence from this song. I know this song is covered from Iron Maiden, that’s why I can feel heavy metal and hard rock genres, even though this song feels like power pop for me. This song is written by Steve Harris. Anyway, Erik’s voice sounds like Adam Lamber the runner-up of American Idol 2009 on this song. (9/10)

04. The Show Must Go On
“The Show Must Go On”, Pop influence is so strong on this song. Yup yup yop another cover from biggest band, Queen. Queen and David Richards wrote this US #2 on US Singles Chart. Many cover from many artists and Erik doing great with this song. (8/10)

05. Hey Jude
“Hey Jude”, Paul McCartney and John Lennon must be honour since they wrote this song for their The Beatles, and Erik did it fabolous job to cover this song for his debut album. Erik’s version is more poppish but not bad. After hear 5 tracks from this album I noticed that he is multitalented and can sing many genres of song, wow. (8/10)

06. Heaven
Another phenomenal covered song. Track 6 is covered from power ballad of Bryan Adams’ Heaven. Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance wrote this song and Erik covered with nice. You can hear Erik’s voice brought this song to be a live, of course with his own style. (8/10)

07. Shout It Loud
What can I say about this song, originally hard rock genre from smashing band, Kiss. Erik covered their “Shout It Loud” and sounds so pop with happy tune. I like it even tho this is not his best track, but it is a fun song. Shout It Loud… This song is written by Bob Ezrin, Paul Stanley and Genne Simmons. (7/10)

08. Leave A Light On For Me
Wow… Erik covered from pop singer too, this time he tried with Belinda Carlisle famous single “Leave A Light On”. I can say many comments, just love song with happy beat and very poppish with Erik amazing voice. Darling… leave a light on for me… Thanks to Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley to wrote this song. (7/10)

09. My Life Would Suck Without You
Even tho Kelly Clarkson with this song “My Life Would Suck Without You” can reaching #1 on almost every countries such as US her own country on US Billboard Hot 100, but Erik’s version is awesome too. I can say Erik is male version of Kelly Clarkson. Poppish but rock. Doesn’t it sounds sexy? Actually this is my favorite song on this album. This song is made by famous Max Martin along with Dr. Luke and Calude Kelly. Gosh… I repeated this song over and over on my stereo car. Rock on!!! (10/10)

10. Bodies
“Bodies” yes it is Robbie Williams’ #1 Swedish Singles Chart. Pop rock and synth pop can heared very clear on this song. This song is still new and hot and released as single on 2009 by Robbie. It is so hard to make famous song to be different but still awesome to be singing. Erik did awesome job on this song. Robbie Williams, Brandon Christy and Craig Russon could be proud coz Erik’s voice fits this song. (7/10)

11. Is It True
Another famous hot single from Icelandic singer, Yohanna. Erik did cover her #2 singles on Swedish Singles Chart. Just like he did on Kelly Clarkson song, Erik made fabolous work to this soft rock song. We can hear Yohanna song but this is male version and this is Erik Grönwall version. Very alternative pop song. (8/10)


12. 18 And Life
The last song from this album is taken from Skid Row #4 US Billboard Hot 100 “18 And Life”. This heavy metal song is written by Rachel Bolan and Dave Sabo. Erik Grönwall can sing this song with his own attitude, you can hear his voice with high pitch but sounds good not annoying. (7/10)

After hear full one album from Erik Grönwall, I can say he is so multitalented singer, because he can sing many genres with nice. Alright, some songs reminds me with Adam Lambert from American Idol. They should do collaboration. I wonder what it would be. This album is released by Columbia / Sony Music on December 2009 and mostly of the genres of the songs are pop, so we can say this is pop albums.

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