ACMJ International Blog: CROSSFADE / “White On Blue”
news 16.03.2003 CROSSFADE talks about "White On Blue":
Lars Hallbäck: "CROSSFADE stands for TRANSITION. Transition through all the inspiration and heritage we carry and have gathered through the years. You can hear influences from the, 60´s, 70´s, 80´s up till modern days transform into the sound of CROSSFADE.
Of course we lean toward the music one might call West Coast/AOR but we have tried to take it a bit further. You can hear vocal arrangement sounds from the 60´s as well as the 70´s ,80´s and with a production that transforms it into the 21 century. We tried to bring a mix of songs that crossfades/transforms into something new and fresh and not like a remix of something previously done.
The fans of Toto, Foster, Sting, Graydon, Pages, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan, Don Henley and Mr Mister will hopefully find their appetite satisfied here."
1. The day the music died- 9/11. (7:33)
A song about Sept 11 2001 NYC. We wrote this song shortly after the terrorist attack on the twin towers. Like everybody else we where shaken by this horrible act, and the way it changed our lives. The song starts with a drumloop that evolves as the drums and percussion takes on. It sets the mood for the album.
2. Did you really (5:41)
About a relationship which is over-and it´s all for the best. A jolly tune with dark lyrics. "Manhattan transfer" big vocal arrangements on the verses moving into rockier courses, with a great lead guitar and a smokin´ synth lead at the end, you can also hear the horn moving in on the bridge.
3. Vanity Fair (5:03)
About stardom/fame, a variation of the old blues theme: Nobody knows you when you're down and out. Fame at any price. A cool smooth song with Per playing along the synth drum all trough the song - amazing. Nina joins on background vocals. Could be a single.
4. Flying (5:56)
A song about letting go, daring to take chances. You have only got one life so you had better do something with it since there's no dress rehearsal. A smooth jazzier east coast song. Very cleanly instrumented laid back with a great sax solo in the end by Wojtek. A favorite.
5. A deeper shade of love (4:22)
About a close person who's passed away. A sad song filled with love. A piano ballad with fantastic performances by Göran and Richard. Göran added some nice gospel arrangements. Normally such a song would have been placed last but we liked it so much that we thought it was a good idea to put it in the middle.
6. Thorns of life (5:00)
No matter what you do or who you are- in the end you are all alone. A song in a slightly more progressive style. A reflection on loneliness.
7. Loving eyes (6:33)
Remembering old love. A traditional southwest song with a "hit potential". Possible single.
8. Time (5:30)
Time will heal and time will tell. A ballad with great vocals from Göran and lots of "wire" guitars and choirs.
9. Don't really matter (4:53)
Is there such a thing as perfect love? A small epic from your next-door bar. 70´s groove.
10. You (5:41)
Traditional rocker and yet a love song. We wanted the traditional rocker that everyone is familiar with including speedier solo to finish up the album.