Autumn's Child

Label: AOR Heaven
Three similar bands: Last Autumn's Dream/Secret Service/Journey

Rating: HHHHHHH (4/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
1. Intro
2. Rubicon Sign
3. Glory
4. Crying For Love
5. Victory
6. I’m Done
7. Sayonare Eyes
8. Face The Music
9. You’re Breaking My Heart Again
10. Everytime
11. Northern Light
12. Heaven Knows Your Name

Mikael Erlandsson – Vocals, Piano/Guitar
Claes Andreasson – Acoustic guitar/Ad Keys
Pontus Åkesson - Lead Guitar
Jona Tee – keyboards
Robban Bäck – Drums


Joel Starander, Peter PP Samuelsson – Bass

Produced by Claes Andreasson and Mikael Erlandsson
Mixed and mastered by Mikael Andersson at Soundport Studio

Released 2020-01-31
Reviewed 2020-01-08


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I guess you could claim that Autumn’s Child is the child of Last Autumn’s Dream considering that Erlandsson is the voice of both bands and the style is very similar. Mikael Erlandsson is a known quantity and probably one of the better vocalists in Sweden and for this album he has enlisted some strong musicians from the elite of the Swedish melodic hardrock or AOR scene. And the album has a very strong artwork that certainly looks interesting, the sound will offer far less surprises though and predictable is a word that isn’t far away when looking for things to say about this album.

AOR or melodic rock/hardrock according to the format, no real surprises here – especially not for those of you who know Last Autumn’s Dream that is a very good band to compare with. It is catchy with strong choruses and lots of melodies, polished production and a good vocalist, kind of like you usually describe anything labelled AOR. It is quite predictable with the style of songs we get and how the album sounds overall, the variation is also more or less as expected so I suppose that those who enjoy what Erlandsson does will be pleased with this one as well.

I have no major complaints about this album; it is a fine album with good songs throughout. The real niggles is the predictability and the lack of a strong hit song – the album needs something surprising and it needs a hit song to really bring the listener into it. This album is easy to like but it is also easy to forget and I wouldn’t claim that it is a memorable album; it is enjoyable now but a year from now when looking back on 2020 it will probably be long forgotten.

If you are a fan of Erlandsson and his various project there is a good chance that you will like this album. It is a really solid effort where you get more or less what you expect and I suspect that it is what most of the targeted audience want and I wouldn’t be surprised if internet reviewers write many positive things about this album. It is impossible to dislike and that is very good, the difficulty to be thrilled about is less good but overall I think most fans will be pleased with Autumn’s Child which is a logical offspring for Last Autumn’s Dream.