“Business Straight” is a standout track on the album, with more elegance on the drums by Carl-Michael Grabinger. Henrik is feeling it on these vocals and the harmonies on the chorus lift this tune to new heights of rock with jazz overtones. The guitar in tandem with the bass, played by Alex Grube, creates a steady, rocking groove. Allow me to get to the dirty guitar solo played by Henrik with a definite influence of Jimi Hendrix—it’s pure genius. Really.
Starting off as more of a traditional blues number, “Master Plan” kicks into a rhythmic, jazzy blues number with Henrik’s soulful vocals gracing the song. The guitar/bass interplay with the vocals couldn’t be better. The clean guitar solo is magic. This is one great guitar player. The fact that Henrik sings like he does and plays guitar like this is like discovering a new Ferrari that’s selling for Fiat prices. Don’t forget that he is also a songwriter, plays guitar, bass, drums, percussion, Hammond organ and produces other artists.
The first ballad on the album, “Never Really Left You” has some nice chord professions and harmonies but the beat could use a little pick-me-up.
“Nobody Else to Blame,” a rock song, is a standout and may just be my favorite on the album. The opening, catchy bass run continues throughout the tune, creating great groove. Henrik’s vocals are scorching. This is a slamming rock song with darker guitar solos that pretty much blow my mind. The contrast of just vocals over the guitar/bass run with the hi hat on the verses and the full-on blast of the chorus, is exhilarating.
The next ballad, “Senses,” is one that works in every way. It opens with acoustic guitar and emotional vocals by Henrik. This is not your typical love song, perhaps because it isn’t sappy, but meaningful. This is the kind of love song I would want sung to me. The guitar solo is just as moving as the song itself—beautiful, clean tones and feel. Certainly, a longer, welcomed guitar solo too. The second part of the solo is a little dirtier, played with emotion.