Review: Creye – Straight To The Top

Creye - ep
Record Info Rating: 9,5/10
Label: Self released Reviewed by: Kimpan
Producer: Erik Wiss
Release date: March 10, 2017
Line-up: Alexander Strandell (vo), Andreas Gullstrand (g), Joel Rönning (keyb), Gustaf Örsta (b), Arvid Filipsson (dr)

Back in August of 2016 I had the privilege of reviewing the debut single Never Too Late of Swedish newcomers Creye on behalf of Planet AOR. Since then, the band have been working firmly in the studio on new songs and the result is a three song EP that besides the previously mentioned Never Too Late also features a cover of the Robert Tepper classic No Easy Way Out and a brand new track called Straight To The Top.

While the band’s debut single didn’t blew me away, I still gave it a cautiously optimistic 7,5/10 rating stating that there was potential for greater things with this band. With the new release I certainly feel that potential has been realized and the only question now is: when will we have a full length album from this band?

Straight To The Top is the new original song and also the first track of the EP. It’s a great song, what I would almost call perfectly executed melodic rock, with just the right guitar/keyboard balance and a flawless chorus. It kinda reminds me of H.E.A.T which at least partly could be due to the fact that singer Alexander Strandell sounds like a deadringer for Erik Grönwall in certain parts. Great stuff nevertheless.

Never Too Late is up next and is, as mentioned earlier, the band’s first single that was also previously reviewed on Planet AOR. Despite my slight criticism in that review of the chorus being a bit weak the song has actually grown on me since then and maybe I will give it a bit higher rating today. Good AOR, no doubt about it.

I must say that I was very impressed by the band’s remake of No Easy Way Out, the last song of the three song EP. The band has obviously worked very hard at getting the 80’s retro sound right and the cover stays pretty close to the original. Maybe they should “do a Houston” and record an album full of classic AOR covers cause judging by the performance on this track I think they would probably outdo the Houston guys there!

In summary, I will certainly keep my eye on this band in the year to come. Another act to add to the evergrowing list of quality Swedish AOR and melodic rock bands.