The Rocker

Rock It The Right WayPosted by Anders Bodin Thu, July 10, 2014 17:55:22

Bodinrocker - Rock It The Right Way

Finally, for today, we’re off to Sweden, to meet up with Anders Bodin from Gothenburg. He’s had a few albums out over the years, both under his given name, and the one he is currently using. He’s obviously a proper person, as “inspired by Status Quo’s supposedly farewell gig at the ice stadium in Stockholm in 1984, Anders, along with his first band Blackboard, managed to get the entire school auditorium to sing along to Bye Bye Johnny.” A story that makes me like him even before hearing a note.

But it’s actually pretty good. Especially to someone like me who regularly attests to the Status Quo being the greatest rock and roll band ever. Now, this is a bloke who actually used to have a band called 12 Bar Boogie, so you won’t be surprised to learn which of his influences rise to the top here, what with the guitar riffs and Hammond organ. Thankfully, though, he can also write a good tune.

There are a few to choose from, with ‘The Race’, ‘Long Way Round’ and the title track getting a lot of repeat plays around my way. It’s not all Quo though, with some excellent hard rock and even some pop rock, along for the ride. It’s the sign of a good album when it makes you want to go back and check the previous ones. This one does just that.

Stuarta Hamilton

IKON 1931 (3/5)

Rock It The Right WayPosted by Anders Bodin Thu, July 10, 2014 17:48:30

Bodinrocker är ett soloprojekt med Göteborgsmusikern Anders Bodin. Nu aktuell med nya plattan “Rock It The Right Way”, som är hans tredje. Plattan är inspelad tillsammans med Bodins svåger Lars Ekberg (som tidigare jobbat med blandannat Carola och Ulf Christiansson). Inspirationen haralltid kommit från band som Status Quo, Beatles, Slade och Neil Young. På nya plattan har han också samarbetat med låtskrivarna Mårten Lärka och Jan Leentjes från Holland. Musik är intensivt rockig och rätt kul. Ofta rätt likt flera av hans inspirationskällor .

Mattias Gustavsson

Blokner Reviews (7.5/10)

Mysterious ManPosted by Anders Bodin Fri, August 10, 2012 21:52:35

Anders Bodin aka Bodinrocker is longest period in the saddle. He is from Gothenburg, Sweden, and musically, he is faithfull to 70's rock legacies. I have to say that his entire carreare has a respectable promotional campaighn on net, and his actuelle album " Mysterious Man" has been introduced in many webzines, nationally and abroad. " Mysterious Man" are consists of 10 pretty listaneble and melodic tunes, done in mentioned 70's rock manner. His works knows to remind on Status Quo approach, equally vocally and judging by performing threathenings.
But, melodicity is a key weapon of Swedish rocker, and complete materials posses a radio friendly usings. Many of present songs are very, very listenable, and also acceptable for gig performings. Nothing specially new, but Bodinrocker offers a good feelin', enjouable songs and positive vibrations..

Rating : 7, 5 / 10

Branimir Lokner

Sinister Angels Realm (9/10)

Mysterious ManPosted by Anders Bodin Fri, August 10, 2012 21:51:26

Bodinrocker - Mysterious Man

Bodinrocker is Anders Bodin from Gothenburg, Sweden. He delivers a laid back almost 60's / 70's inspired rock n roll, a great chill out album. All of the songs are of the highest quality possible, and very well executed. Although Bodinrocker is a solo project I´d love to see him form a band around this album as he diffidently has something fresh to offer the music scene. Some of the stand out tracks include, Life Is A Mystery, 526 and Legend Of The Saviour.
Highly recommended
Rating - 9/10

Hardrock Haven (7.5/10)

Mysterious ManPosted by Anders Bodin Fri, August 10, 2012 21:49:55

Bodinrocker - Mysterious Man

Gothenburg, Sweden actually produces much more than melodic death metal, and Bodinrocker’s latest release proves it. Mysterious Man is 10 tracks of basically good-natured old-school rock, heavily influenced by the greats of the late 70s and early 80s.

Bodinrocker was Anders Bodin’s teenage nickname, and he’s done a good job of making it stick. Playing guitars, some bass and singing lead, Bodin does his best to deliver big guitar riffs, upbeat blues-based rhythms and inoffensive vocals. Deciding to travel as a solo artist, Bodin worked with keyboard player Lars Ekberg and released Hall Of Flames in 2006. After some modest success in Sweden, Bodin got back into the studio and began work on his sophomore effort, Mysterious Man.

Bodin continues to handle lead vocals and guitars. He is a decent singer with a pleasant and unassuming voice – and his voice is well suited to his preferred style of mellow classic rock. His guitar work is outstanding, and most of his songs have a definite "UFO" feel to them. A decent soloist and catchy rhythm player, Bodin’s music is kicky, bouncy and always melodic. Writing songs about life and living, his lyrics are for the most part positive and at times downright goofy and humorous – filled with references to music, exploration and motorcycles. Only the last two tracks break from this "good time" feel. "Endless Pain" is a bleak song dealing with suicide while "Legend Of The Savior" is a respectful look at the life of Jesus Christ.

Bodin has built a solid band behind him. Co-producer Lars Ekberg does a good job on the keyboards, blending in nicely without dominating, and playing a mean old-school Hammond organ or blues piano. Marcus Sigvardsson is a solid and capable bass player, but for the most part he seems content to be in the background. Drummer Klas Anderhell is an ideal drummer for this style of rock – just flashy enough to really be noticed but not in-your-face obnoxious. The album’s production values are very good – warm and slightly fuzzed while somehow remaining crisp and clean.

Musical highlights include the great guitar solo on "Life Is A Mystery," the solid vocal performance and hot guitar licks on "526," the great bluesy groove of "Back On Track," the peaceful tropical images called up by the lyrics of "This Is Life," and the general goofy and humorous tone of the toe-tapping "Scooter."

On the whole, Mysterious Man is a fun album and a good listen. There is nothing offensive or objectionable here – just good music played with enthusiasm and raw talent. While not evolutionary or groundbreaking in any sense, Bodinrocker proves that old-school isn’t dead – or even just resting…

Recommended for any fan of classic rock.

Joe Mis

Power Play (6/10)

Mysterious ManPosted by Anders Bodin Fri, August 10, 2012 21:48:19

Anders Bodin aka Bodinrocker is a swedish inspired rocker who discovered the joys of rock music at a very young age, picking up the guitar and writing songs since he was ten years of age.

"Mystery Man" is the second album that Bodinrocker have produced and I must say that if you are into Status Quo, then you will love the work that Anders has done. The band, above all others that have been cited as influences, shines through tracks such as "Get me on the road", "526", "Back on track" and the single "Scooter", which has a sound very similar to a melodic slower paced "Roll over lay down" from Status Quo.

"Mystery Man" is a light hearted, rocking and well produced listening experience. Since the subject matter on the album isn´t complex, you can simply sit back and enjoy the musical capabilities of Bodinrocker.

Glenn Butler

Classic Rock Society

Mysterious ManPosted by Anders Bodin Fri, August 10, 2012 18:10:02

Bodinrocker, Mysterious Man, Bearman Music

Bodinrocker is Anders Bodin of Gothenburg in Sweden. Over the years he has been involved in a few bands but finally settled with his present. The band has been influenced by 70´s hard rock, pop/rock, Neil Young, Rod Stewart, the Faces and The Who. They sound like Status Quo, Whitesnake and trhe Beatles.

"Mysterious Man" is loaded with melodies, guitar riffs and Hammond organ. The songs are stories, adventures and reflections of life. Two tracks have been released as singles, "Mysterious Man" and "Scooter". Any Status Quo fans out there should enjoy this.


Home of Rock

Mysterious ManPosted by Anders Bodin Fri, August 10, 2012 18:00:26

BODINROCKER alias Anders Bodin mit einem neuen Album. Dieses Album nötigt den Rezensenten zu BAD COMPANYscher Kürze und Konzentration – es klingt wie Dein STATUS QUO Album – irgendeins, bevorzugt allerdings in der mittleren Phase, als die Jungs nach "Dog Of Two Head" mit "Quo" den Boogie aber so etwas von entdeckten, pachteten, verwursteten, plattwalzten, ausdehnten – Whatever You Want! Und damit könnte, wenn ich in wirklich schlechter Gesellschaft wäre, die Review vorbei sein.

Vielleicht noch das: abgesehen vom Party Rocker Intro Life Is A Mystery, das gut auf jede 38SPECIAL CD, wenn sie "Wild-Eyed Southern Boys" heißt, passt, sind Tracks wie Get Me On The Road, Scooter, 526 und Back On Track aber sowas von QUO (inklusive Honky-Tonk Piano auf Back On Track), dass jedem QUO-Fan der Speichel im Mund zusammenlaufen muss. Und das ist so ungeschönt und ungeheuchelt – Anders macht überhaupt keinen Hehl daraus, dass er sich an den Status Quo hält. Vielleicht fließen auch noch ein bisschen frühe WHITESNAKE mit ein, oder DEEP PURPLE .
Aber es geht auch anders: Beispiele sind das lehrbuchmäßige No Destination, mit seinen ständigen Taktwechseln sehr abwechslungsreich produziert, und der Shuffle This Is Life. Auch die letzten drei Tracks, Mysterious Man, Endless Pain, Legend Of A Saviour, sind Tracks, die das genannte 38 SPECIAL Album veredeln würden - knackiger Rock Marke "Gut".

Ansonsten bleibt der Rocker auf seinem Bodin, mit beiden Beinen, und gibt höchste unterhaltsame 45 Minuten gut durchgebratene Rockmusik-Burger raus. Ernährt nicht so gesund wie ein, sagen wir mal, non-meat Veg-Genesis Menü zu Zeiten ihres Prog-Rock, macht aber prima satt. Und man ist froh und zufrieden. Herz, was willst Du mehr – los, auf den Tanzbodin!

Dietrich Gastrock 08.12.2010

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