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Jim Jidhed (singer from Alien) new solo album on Jan 27th


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Nice..His 'Jim' and 'Full Circle' discs are both great, so will definitely give this a spin

Agree, I only know the ''Jim'' CD but it is good. A friend recommended it and remember thinking man that voice sounds familiar. And sure enough, it was the singer for Alien

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Jim Jidhed, the singer of the band Alien singer, will release his 6th solo album on 27th January 2017.
‘Push On Through’ is a heavier record than the previous ones. It still has the mark of AOR to it, but also a straight hard rock feeling at times. Producer Daniel Flores, who had a vision for this album, really nails that vision sound wise. Jim’s voice is stronger than ever at 53, and here all his experience, feeling, heart and soul come together in a very powerful way.

Jidhed was born 1963 in Gothenburg, Sweden. He began playing and singing around the age of ten, and formed his first real band when he was 12-13 years old. At the time he was 16 he started a group called ‘Glamour’, and it was with this band things began to get more serious. 1982, at the age of nineteen, Jidhed released his first ever single with the band ‘Glamour’. The label was named ‘Polar’ and the woman who signed the band was Marie Andersson, daughter of Stickan (ABBA ) Andersson.

In 1986 Jidhed wrote a musical and played that in the spring of ‘87. At the same time, in December ’86, he teamed up with a new Swedish band that took the name ‘Alien’. Alien released two singles during ‘87, ‘Headstrong’ and ‘ I’ll Survive’, and by the fall they recorded ‘Only One Woman’ at ‘Polar’ studio. Alien recorded their first album early in ’88, at ‘Sound City’ studios in Los Angeles, and just a bit later that year they got a huge hit with ‘Only One Woman’ and headlined a big tour the full spring and summer. For personal reasons Jim left the band in the fall of 1988.

Between 1989 and 2005, the Swedish born singer released five solo albums until he and the original members from Alien teamed up once more, after over twenty years. They released a single, ‘Ready to fly’, and began playing some selected shows, performing (the songs of) their debut album. They decided to write a new album, and released ‘ Eternity’ in 2014.

Jim released his fifth solo album in December 2015, titled ‘Tankar i vinternatten’. It’s kind of a Christmas record, but with Swedish lyrics more into to the depth of things surrounding Christmas, and the state of mind of people around that time of year.

This year 2016, Johan Nyhlén - a true fan of Jim, Alien and the AOR genre - introduced Jim to producer Daniel Flores. Daniel had wanted to work with Jidhed for a long time, and now the two of them hooked up. ‘Push On Through’ is an album that, from the beginning, was meant to sound different from anything Jim has done in the past. And for sure, Daniel has made that happen. Daniel, who played the drums on the album himself, produced a heavier and tougher sound.
Further, on the release you find Ken Sandin (Alien) playing the bass, guitars were performed by Michael Palace and Philip Lindstrand, and Rolf Pilotti took care of the backing vocals. Jim's son Robin Jidhed was both the engineer and sounding board when Jim recorded his lead vocals.

 

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Tracklisting for 'Push On Through':

 

01. Glorious

02. Push On Through

03. If We Call It Love

04. Waiting For Summer

05. The First Time

06. One Breath Away

07. Too Many Words

08. Next In Line

09. Drowning

10. Love Was Waitin

11. It Is What It Is

 

 

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Just got the album , so will feedback when i've given it a good listen..btw 'If We Call It Love' also appears on the excellent Santa Ana Winds disc from last year and production wise this has really has upped the anti on that version and sounds like a million dollars

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Man, I think that sounds great. Jim has a great voice with a tinge of raspness.

 

I haven't listened to his early stuff so I'm going to start with this record

 

From that sample and the word around the forum, I have high hopes

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My review:

 

1. Glorious ---> 8

2. Push on Through ---> 8

3. If We Call it Love ---> 9

4. Waiting for Summer ---> 8

5. First Time ---> 9

6. One Breathe ---> 8

7. Too Many Words ---> 8

8. Next in Line ---> 8

9. Drowning ---> 8

10. Love Was Waiting ---> 8

11. It Is What It Is ---> 8

 

Other thoughts:

 

Jim's voice can be a little shaky at times. Other times, he belts it out

 

Great guitar work by Michael and Philip and great keyboards by Flores

 

Production is fantastic. Flores is a master at this

 

A very nice laid back piece of melodic rock

 

Overall: 85%

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A bloody brilliant album and a big surprise. I did not think Jim had it in him any more, but he had.

 

My intitial review, I have a feeling it will grow even better on me:

 

1. Glorious 7

2. Push on Through 8,5

3. If We Call It Love 8

4. Waiting for Summer 9

5. First Time 8,5

6. One Breathe 8,5

7. Too Many Words 9

8. Next in Line 8,5

9. Drowning 9

10. Love Was Waiting 8,5

11. Is What It Is 9

 

Overall rating: 85%

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On my wishlist .....!

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