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SKANDINAVIA ‘Global Warning’ (2004)

A new band fronted by singer/songwriter/violinist Eliza Newman (ex-Bellatrix). Joining her are guitarist Claire Wakeman, bassist Martin Maddaford and drummer David Collinder. Eliza notes Led Zeppelin as one of her influences and that rings loud and clear on much of the music on here like the strong opening track ‘Never Too Late’.

Eliza has a very strong voice that never struggles to rise above the music as can be the case with some vocalists and she also adds the band’s ‘secret weapon’, here violin playing. This is used like an extra guitar at time such is the sharpness and loudness of her playing. Other highlights include the quieter refrain of ‘Swim’ and ‘Blue Boy’. Album highlight has to be ‘Valkyria’, an anthemic track and a full musical sound.


For those who like the Led Zep stomp mixed with a good ear for melody Skandinavia deliver. Fans of Karnataka, Mostly Autumn and Heart will also find much to enjoy on here. A strong debut and the band have set their standards high.


Review by Jason Ritchie

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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