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Care Of Night: Reconnected
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Care Of Night: Reconnected

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
4.5/5.0

Returning from Sweden is rock band Care Of Night. Launched some ten years ago, the band introduced themselves with a four song EP, Care Of Night in 2013. They were picked up by German label AOR Heaven for their debut album, 2015's Connected and the follow-up 2018's Love Is War. Now, after a five year hiatus and some personnel changes, Care Of Night returns with fresh new tunes for Reconnected, now signed with Frontiers Music. The new album features new keyboard player Victor Berg and new bassist Niklas Svensson Nattfare.

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To refresh our collective memories (or if you're new to the band), Care Of Night plays traditional classic rock. More specifically, straight from the Eighties to the present, melodic hard rock in an arena-ready AOR wrapper. Expected characteristics are self-evident: clean melodic vocals, song harmony and melody, rock rhythm and groove, catchy choruses, and brilliant guitar solos.


Moreover, some reviewers in the past have compared Care Of Night with such classic acts as FM, Toto, and the mighty Journey. That last reference might be a stretch, but it's still good company to keep. One overarching observation can be made a the start: Reconnected is likely heavier than its predecessors, leaning more to hard rock, yet the AOR atmosphere remains.

This musical motif is notable with Tonight, Follow Through, End Of A Chapter, and Street Runner. More dialed back is Wrong, more steady and heavy. The AOR vibe arrives with No One Saves The World Alone, You've Been Right Here All Along, which could be called a heavy ballad, and Half Of My Heart, a more traditional, ascending and soaring, anthemic ballad. Vocalist Calle Schönberg really belts it out. Perhaps an homage to "back in the day" Care Of Night gives you a classic chick song, Melanie.

In summary, Care Of Night's Reconnected is a strong return to form for the band, a fine album of their classic melodic hard rock with AOR accessibility. It's Eighties deja vu all over again. Easily recommended.



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The Take Away

Care Of Night's Reconnected is a strong return to form for the band, a fine album of their classic melodic hard rock with AOR accessibility. It's Eighties deja vu all over again. Easily recommended.

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