Melodic Rock is in danger of having more supergroups than actual bands… Why I choose this expression? Well, because behind the very moody cover of the debut of LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM hides a whole bunch of very well known musicians. Leading is singer Mikael Erlandsson, who had participated in the 1990 edition of the European song contest, supported by the EUROPE backing crew John Levén (Bass), Mic Michaeli (Keyboards) and Ian Haughland (Drums) and as guitarist Andy Malecek of FAIR WARNING, so experience definitely is not the problem of LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM.
Now Melodic Rock is a sub genre, where the line between class and boredom is pretty narrow and many bands fail in achieving the first and avoid the latter. With LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM we definitely do not have any problems with maturity of compositions and arrangements of the performance, just as the production of Torbjörn Wassenius that is top notch, clear and powerful, flowing and intricate, but still the album cannot fully convince me, which also lies within the fact that it sounds a bit TOO much like routine.
The direction mentioned in the info throws in names such as DA VINCI, early TREAT, EUROPE or also BAD HABIT, plus (obviously) FAIR WARNING and is not really off, because the super catchy songs fly the flag of the early to middle Eighties, which does not have to be negative and when you listen to the opening duo of "Again And Again" and "Doin' Time" (apparently a bonus track, but it says nowhere what kind of bonus it is), then it is good Melodic Rock, but at the same time also very innocuous, because as smoothly as the very cleanly played compositions and melodies go in, they go out again, there is not much that sticks.
On "Break The Chains (Of Destiny)" they get a little more powerful, which looks good with LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM, with a little more drive, but without losing the accessibility, strong track, just like "Blink Of The Eye", which has an irresistible melody line, but apart from that we get "only" routine songs, which for themselves are quite good, but altogether just stay too close to the standard to really get any bigger reactions. That Mikael has a very good voice is beyond doubt and also the musicianship of the musicians stands out of questions, but with these names one should expect something more special… (Online February 5, 2004)