LAST TRAIN TO SALINAS
ALBUM SSC, PLAYGROUND RELEASE:
APRIL 15, 2002 REVIEW: APRIL 11, 2002
those among you who are wondering where Aaron Sutcliffe got his name from,
I will set the record straight. Aaron, quite naturally, originates in
the King's middle name, while Sutcliffe was the family name of the so
callled "fifth Beatle", who worked close to the Beatles back
in the day. Quite influential names, in other words.
That's a lot of pressure on Johan Malmgren's brittle shoulders. Aided
musically by Eskil Simonsson of Covenant, Johan, a k a Aaron, has put
together eleven Elvis Presley covers on "Last Train to Salinas".
Understandably, none of the tracks from his "Elvis EP" released
a while back are included on the album. There are a couple of songs to
choose from, to say the least. I should point out that I find it hard
to award cover releases with high grades, since the original ideas are
borrowed from other composers.
"Last Train to Salinas" is a little like riding a rollercoaster
with a headache. The best songs on the album make you forget the pounding
inside your skull and fully enjoy the full speed of the downhill parts.
At the same time, the transport stretches and slow uphill sections only
cause additional nausea to your agonizing headache. "Fever"
and "Can't Help Falling in Love", to name two, are quite poorly
covered, while "Kentucky Rain", "She's Not You" and
"Viva Las Vegas" are quite enjoyably reworked into minimalistic
It is, for the most part, very amusing to hear Aaron Sutcliffe and more
of this would induce more well needed self distance in the electronic
music business. Elvis Presley was rock'n'roll and so is Aaron Sutcliffe,
just with different instrumentation.