The Malmö boys Creye debuted two years ago, and I remember thinking they were quite good. They now follow up that album with a second album, which also is  quite good! It’s clear these guys can write songs, and you can also tell they are good musicians. And at best, the hit hooks pierces body and soul. But at worst? Then it kind of reminds me of Eurovision. It just gets too slick sometimes, and makes me think of the kind of pop tunes you hear on modern day radio. But that’s not because of the songs themselves, but more because of the production.

Call me old fashioned, but I think AOR should sound like it did in the 70’s and 80’s. When blended with pop music of today, I think it loses a lot of its original power and spirit. Therefore, I get quite concerned that more and more AOR bands seem to chose that path on their new albums. I guess it’s more attractive commercially to have this kind of sound today, but I simply just don’t like it. And, I think good songs like this and musicians like the guys in Creye deserves a classic AOR sound that fits their songs perfectly.

So don’t get me wrong now, this is definately a good AOR album, despite my (perhaps a few too many) negative words. If you’re a AOR fan, this is well worth hearing, and when you get go see concerts again, I’d like to go and see Creye! So good luck Creye, you’re a good band, but I think you could get a whole lot better if you would let go of the modern day productions. Like I think so many AOR bands of today should too.

Artist: Creye
Title: II
Label: Frontiers
Date of release: 22/1-21
Time: 42,00

Rating: 6/10
Standout track: Find a Reason