"The perfect opener for this second album. An up tempo rocker packed with guitar riffs, swirling keyboards, and the kind of background vocals only Lars can create. It really sums up what this record is all about right from the start. And I hope it will convince everyone who waited for this album that it was worth the wait!"
Nature Of The Game
"This was the last song I wrote for the album . It was written and recorded literary days before we were going into mixing. We knew that we need one more song to make this album feel completed. We had a couple of other songs already recorded but with this song, it felt like 'Yes! That's what we're looking for'".
"A personal favourite of mine. I didn't thought it would end up on the album because Lars & Herman tends to go for the more up tempo songs and usually don't fall for this kind of mid tempo tunes. But I'm really glad they did as I think it's a beautiful song , full of emotion."
Never Love Again
"This song was originally written for the WET album. We wanted some "Journey sounding" songs and I wanted to come up with something like "Be Good To Yourself". In other words, an up tempo song with a positive message! In hindsight, of course this song would have been totally wrong for the WET album but it works great on this album.
Eye Of The Storm
I came up with basic idea for this song while we recording our first album. I kind of forgot about it but it kept coming back to me so I decided to turn it into a complete song. The intro riff is actually the exact same chord progression as the verse riff for "Whenever You Sleep" (from our debut album) but in a totally different arrangement. Recycling indeed!"
Until You Believe
Also written for the WET album and I was really hearing Jeff Scott Soto's vocals in my head while writing it. I tried to come up with something like "Send Her my Love" meets "If He Should Break Your Heart" and I think it turned out quite nicely.
The Great Fall
Originally intended for the Kimball/Jamison duet album but when the other guys in the band heard they went "Are you really giving this one away?" And of course WOA is always my first priority so we kept this one for our own record. Like so many other songs on this album, this is also "break up" song but, as I went through a separation myself while making this record, it felt natural to write about it. It´s about that horrible situation when all is said and done and you don´t have to energy to fight anymore. Both know that is over but don´t dare to say it out loud.
Call On Me
Yet another song that really captures our sound. To me, this song has a really summerish vibe. The kind of song you want to crank while cruising down Sunset boulevard in your cabriolet :-)
One of the first songs I wrote for this album. I was trying to put myself into WOA mode again and I came up with this song. I think it's really classic up tempo WOA sounding song and I stretched out a tiny bit harmonically for the middle section to keep it fresh and interesting.
We actually recorded an older version of this song for our first album but it never felt quite right. However, I couldn´t get rid of the chorus. It stuck with me. I sat down at the piano one day and rewrote the verses and all of the sudden, the whole song fell into place.
I wrote castaway with my friend Anders Rydholm (Grand Illusion). Anders had a verse and pre chorus and I added the chorus and just like that, the song was done. It wasn't intended for WOA in the first place but I'm really glad that we ended up recording it. And oh, the working title for this song was "A touch of Giant"…..go figure!
One Step Away
I wrote this song with a big smile on my face and I think it really ends the album on a high note. This song really pays tribute to some of my all time favourite west coast artists such as David Foster, Toto, Chicago and Mr. Mister.