2012 Album released that should not be forgotten.
Wow – what a classic rock album released in June 2012.
The Night Flight Orchestra (NFO) is a side project / super group of Bjorn Strid (Soilwork) on vocals, Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy) on bass, David Anderson (Meanstreak and Soilwork session player) on guitars, Jonas Kallsback (Meanstreak) on drums and Richard Larsson (Von Benzo) on drums.
Imagine Kiss, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, Bee Gees, Boston, Deep Purple, Steely Dan, Led Zeppelin and Journey thrown into a blender. The result is The Night Flight Orchestra.
1. Siberian Queen kicks it off with its combination of Led Zep’s Immigrant Song and Achilles Last Stand. This icy princess from the Russian wilderness, starts to do the opposite and warm the ear buds for more.
2. California Morning kicks off with a Boston meets Kiss guitar riff to tell the story about tearful goodbyes on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
3. Glowing City Madness – This has an Elton John style vocal melody to tell the story of an Asian Dancer.
4. West Ruth Ave – Wow, what a catchy hook on this song. This song is hit potential and it deserves to go viral so that everyone hears Bjorn’s story of fleeing Ft Lauderdale and ending up in Phoenix. It has that Gotye levels of catchy, a Kiss Dynasty / Foreigner / Bee Gees rock disco vibe and a Layla esque outro.
5. Transatlantic Blues – The first part is very Styx like and then it moves into a heavy Deep Purple meets Kiss War Machine style riff. Even Jake E Lee referenced the same classic rock material for his Badlands project with Ray Gillan on vocals.
I read somewhere on the net that this song is about embarking on an inner journey and ending up in the middle of nowhere, shitfaced and listening to KANSAS.
6. Miami 5:02 – This is what happens when Van Halen meets Deep Purple. Waking up in Florida in your birthday suit and a pair of Ray Bans.
7. Internal Affairs – Play That Funky Music White Boy meets Stevie Wonder Superstitious. Nothing more should be said. This funky ode is to a mysterious women from the age of the Cold War.
8. 1998 – is the 2012 version of Bob Seger’s classic 70’s recordings like Turn The Page and Night Moves crossed with the best of the Michael Stanley Band. This song tells the story of travelling the endless highways of America.
9. Stella Ain’t no Dove – The threesome party anthem.
10. Montreal Midnight Supply – This is Deep Purple, 38 Special and Kiss Detroit Rock City stomping shuffle. In the chorus it even sounds like Y&T’s Midnight In Tokyo. Throughout the whole song you get that classic twin guitar feel of Thin Lizzy.
11. Green Hills of Glumslöv – Glumslöv is the small village in Sweden where Bjorn is from. When you hear this song, you will get the instant sensation of the Warriors returning to Coney Island and Joe Walsh’s In The City playing in the background. There is also a large Queen influence in this.
12. American High is the digital bonus track.
Overall its a great album.
What could have NFO done differently with this release?
Since they embraced the 70’s vibe in the music, in my view they should have embraced the 70’s vibe for marketing and released an 8 song album (Tracks 1 to 8) and then released ‘4 singles with a B side’. Tracks 9 to 12 could have been the B sides. Single material songs are West Ruth Ave, Internal Affairs, California Morning and Transatlantic Blues.