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Boys From Heaven – ‘No Way! But Anyway’

posted 21 Nov 2017, 14:46 by Paul Woodward

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Review by Woody

No Way! But Anyway is the debut EP from Danish soft rockers Boys From Heaven. This seven-piece band have a strong Eighties soft rock and pop edge to their sound, but their influences owe more to Chicago and Boston than they do Def Leppard. There is a bit of a retro feel to this EP and I think fans of Eighties music in general will find plenty here to enjoy. From a rock perspective it will mainly appeal to those of us with softer taste’s if REO Speedwagon, Fleetwood Mac and Chicago are on your list of favourite bands then Boys From Heaven are certainly creating music that will appeal to your tastes.

I’m quite impressed with the EP, it’s unusual these days for a rock band to not amp up the guitars or back beat to create a heavier sound for fear of not been ‘rock’ enough to the average rock music fan. So, it’s quite refreshing these guys have kept their brand of soft rock, mellow and the backing light. Obviously, it all boils down to personal tastes but personally I don’t need full frontal guitars and pounding drums to enjoy every song. These songs were all crafted to have a soft touch and the tone of the EP would have been totally different otherwise, so it’s nice to hear a band stick to their own style and flow and reach out to those who do enjoy this style of rock.

My only criticism of the EP is it does lack a breakout hit, there’s not an obvious radio single that jumps out at you. All the songs are enjoyable with some cool hooks and the band showcase a lot of entertaining musicianship, but there’s not a single that I think would instantly captivate listeners. I’m trying not to be overly critical over this one point as I don’t wish to overshadow what is a couple of really enjoyable retro soft rock songs. The potential for even better things is startlingly obvious and the fanbase this EP builds I’m sure will be rewarded with more excellent music in the future.

Boys From Heaven have a very defined sound and their song writing is inspired by the Eighties, sometimes it’s very obvious like the Saxophone hook on ‘Unburned’. That Sax hook will definitely stick in people’s minds and is something that will definitely make people think of Chicago. That defined sound will definitely appease retro soft rockers as it lets you know what your getting and that the band will stay close to all those musical attributes that appeal to you within their song writing.

I think Boys From Heaven are a band that all fans of softer edged rock should keep an eye on and with that inevitable breakout song they produce soon, I’m sure they could become heavy hitters in the European melodic rock scene.

Track Listing: Unburned / Days Like These / Back To You / So Long Ago

Album Rating: 7/10

Woody’s Essential Track: Unburned

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