Among insiders, Swedish singer/songwriter/multi instrumentalist Leif Sundin is considered a singer’s singer. An amazing vocalist whose talents range from heavy metal to rootsy Americana. He’s been the lead singer of Great King Rat, Michael Schenker Group, John Norum (of the band Europe), and Brian Robertson (ex-Thin Lizzy, Motörhead). Yet, he’s remained one of Scandinavia’s best kept secrets.
To be honest, this was actually the type of album I was expecting and even hoping I would hear from top notch singer Leif Sundin. Leif has been heard in bands like John Norum Band, Michael Schenker Group and Great King Rat. I truly love Leif’s rough edged bluesy voice when he does heavy rock, but I’ve also really heard him shine in ballads. House Of Leaf is all about singer/songwriter style melodic pop/rock with a slightly bluesy vibe. Not being the authority in this genre I would however compare House Of Leaf to the stuff I know and like such as John Waite on Temple Bar, Mark Spiro and the excellent underrated CD by Micke Nord Andersson and Johan Norberg.
What I didn’t know and really surprised me was that Leif is also an excellent lead guitarist! Very tasteful playing indeed! Bluesy, sensitive and with great accuracy! The ending solo of Broken Old Record is really outstanding. The song material is really strong with great catchy choruses, but without being in any way cheesy or overly commercial. I’ve spun this CD at least ten times already and it’s just keeps getting better with no sign of being worn out so far. Highly recommended, indeed!
1. Wrongs to Right
2. Steal Your Love
3. That Train Just Left
4. Wash Away Yesterday
5. Rainy Day Song
6. Someday Somewhere
7. Broken Old Record
8. Under the Broken Sky
9. Out of My Head
10. Follow the Lights
HOUSE OF LEAF – HOUSE OF LEAF 2012
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